Training Day

Today was the first of our 4 part series training to prepare for the adoption of our future child. It’s been a long day…. The training began @ 9am and lasted until 6:30 pm. To top if off, Andre woke up this morning w/flu like symptoms and was miserable throughout the day.

One of the great things about this journey has been the other parents we’ve been able to meet. Another couple seated at our table offered Andre some ibuprofen and it helped subside his symptoms… The day was filled with lots of valuable information. I admit there were a handful of moments where I was fighting back tears. The many heart-breaking scenarios that cause children to be in the position to be fostered or adopted pulls at my emotions every time.  We saw a couple of videos (some cases with real children & families) that were hard to watch.

As we learn more and get more invested in this process, I’m realizing just how important this commitment is. The control freak in me wants all of the answers up front. Andre & I have been upfront about our desire to adopt a little girl. Andre specifically wants a newborn. Initially I was against bringing home a new baby simply because it’s been so long since I’ve had an infant. To be honest, I’m not sure I would remember what to do. Is motherhood truly like riding a bike? I also didn’t want a newborn for selfish reasons.

Both of my boys are fully independent and it’s nice to not have to buckle up car seats, change diapers and probably most important, not have my sleep habits interrupted! On the other hand, I like the idea of a new baby that we can all nurture and expose to all the positives our family will bring to this precious child.

I’m anxiously awaiting this new addition to our family. Stay tuned for part two of our training.

My two babies….