Merrill Posted November 29, 2004 Report Share Posted November 29, 2004 Hi, everyone. Today's my 43rd birthday ( ) and perhaps a good day to share the news that my husband and I are planning to adopt a baby girl from China later this year! (Seems timely also, given Katherine's poll; I know she, and probably others, has been thinking about increasing her family through adoption as well.)Many of you may remember that I've been through miscarriages and a couple rounds of (unsuccessful) in vitro fertilization last spring... Well... this seems like the best possible route for us to have a family.We've almost completed the required paperwork (and we've been through our home study) ... I'm sure our dossier will be winging its way to China in the next couple weeks--and then we wait an estimated 6-8 months for a referral and then travel 6-8 weeks after that. It's very exciting--and also very very scary--especially for a person like me who can worry in advance about everything under the sun!I'm of course concerned about whether I'll have the physical stamina to handle the challenges of a baby through early childhood and of course, beyond. I get so winded and tachycardic when I walk while carrying anything...and babies are heavy! Young children even more so!!! (This is one reason I'm thinking about trying meds in the next few months...tho I certainly would prefer to find a way to manage without.)Anyway--I just thought I'd share this piece ... and like other birthday posters, this day feels a little hard. Nothing much planned today/tonight to celebrate--probably best because I'm under the weather anyway with a virus in my throat/chest. Just feeling my age and then some, I guess. Raising a child will either keep me young or age me real fast. Probably both! (Most parents will say this is true, anyway.)Best to everyone,Merrill Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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