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Expecting…minus the baby bump and stretch-marks

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Here we go…

We’re expecting. For the second time. Technically we’re about 2 days along with ohhh, 2 months, maybe 9 months, who knows…maybe 2 years to go before the teeny weeny joins our family. The first time around, we were “expecting” for 3 months and BOOM! Our little dude entered our home and invaded our professional, financial and personal lives, but most importantly, our hearts, in a matter of 24 hours.…that. I am (was) a planner. Big time. And there’s no planning when you’re traveling down the adoption road. We learned that firsthand with our dude, so we’re holding on tight this round. Holding tight to faith, hope, patience and most importantly, our senses of humor.

Why this blog? Well, we’re starting the process again, pretty much from scratch. We’re pumped…we’re anxious…we’re giddy and we’re overwhelmed. The hardest part for me though is that the most important people in our lives, in addition to complete strangers, don’t really get what this all means for us. They’re not sure how we’re feeling from day to day and they don’t want to intrude. They don’t want to assume or not assume or over ask or under ask. It can be isolating, so we’re trying to find ways to show people what this process looks and feels like. And it’s tough. Infertility and adoption are like so many situations in life…if you haven’t lived it, understanding it is impossible. And we get that. Many people see the “Hollywood adoption” as the norm, but common folk in the real world don’t hop on a private jet, swoop up a child in distress and live happily ever after in their home in the hills.

Mound-of-whitenessAnd so here I go. My intent is to walk you through a domestic (in-USA) adoption. This freaks me out a bit, since we have no clue what’s going to happen. We just got our paperwork this week and we’re spending some time observing the mound of whiteness…allowing it to get lost on the kitchen table for a good while before we tackle it. And I mean tackle it. So join us. I promise to be honest and candid and will try to avoid a ton of “sap.” The sap does come with the territory though. It’s just a given. Check back for updates from time to time. Get a feel for what it’s like to be “expecting,” minus the baby bump and the stretch-marks.

Guest Blogger Gwen is expecting…for the second time. And once again, no baby bump or stretch-marks will grace her with their pending bambino. Step inside their world of growing a family through adoption. Follow along here at Mile High Mamas and her blog and get a candid feel for the ups, downs, highs, lows and surprises that go hand in hand with the struggles of infertility and the miracle of adoption.

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson October 28, 2009

    How wonderful for you–congrats. 🙂 Excited to follow your journey!

  • comment avatar Lori October 28, 2009

    Congratulations on starting your second journey! It’s so strange to not know the exact route or how long it will take to get there, isn’t it?

    My friend at has a post on how to throw a Paper Pregnant Party. I’m sure your friends will need to know about this. 🙂

  • comment avatar Lori October 28, 2009

    Oops. Sorry for the sloppy code.

  • comment avatar Rebecca October 29, 2009

    I love this!! My husband and I are in the same boat…getting paperwork done for a second adoption. It is scary not being able to plan for anything, but so worth it in the end. Good luck with it all and I look forward to reading more about it!

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