Mommy's Getting Preg-a-nant

"Mommy's getting preg-a-nant!  Mommy's getting preg-a-nant!"  My 5-year-old is running around the house chanting this ridiculous phrase.  I have to correct her.  The last thing I want is for her to say something like that in public.

"I am NOT getting pregnant."

"Yes you are."

"Why would you say that?"

"Because we're going to have a baby."

"Honey, there are other ways to have a baby."

"How?  Do you buy one?"

Wow.  To clear matters up, we are NOT getting pregnant and we are NOT buying a baby.  I've been so-called "paper pregnant" for about 21 months now.  Twenty-one months of meetings, paperwork, classes and books.  And still no baby in my arms.

King of the Castle with Adoption Dossier

 BUT, we do have some good news to share.  Four weeks ago, we were driving through Kansas (of all places) and my phone rang.  It was our adoption worker and she was telling me about a little boy who needed a family to adopt him.  My cell phone service was spotty and most of the conversation was fuzzy...even cutting out completely at one point.  I blame Kansas.  But, our adoption worker promised to send an email with all the information she had.  She told us we had two weeks to make a decision.  We didn't need two weeks to make a decision.  How could we possibly say no?

So, there's the big announcement.  It's a boy!  We are very excited.  I'm not going to share too many details here.  But, we know he's around 4 or 5 years of age.  We don't have an exact birth date.

So, what's next?  We have turned in our affidavit promising to provide him with a loving home and now we wait for a court date.  Meanwhile, we dream.  And we take more classes.  And we get on with life...taking one day at a time.

More Books to Read
 When I found out I was pregnant with my oldest child, I loved her immediately.  I knew she was meant to be part of our family.  I didn't know what to expect with her.  I didn't know what she would look like, what challenges she would face, what talents she would have, what her temperament would be, how her laugh sounded.  But, I loved her.  It is entirely possible to love somebody before actually meeting them.  I had the same experience with the other two kids as well.  This child is coming to us through an unconventional way, but I love him in the same way.  I feel as if he's already a presence in our family.  I think about him when we go out as a family and wonder how he'll interact in different circumstances.  Would he enjoy these activities?  Or, would he prefer to stay home?  Will he enjoy this meal?  Will he like his new room?  How will he interact with his brother and sisters?  What does he sound like when he laughs?

I cannot wait to see him, to touch him, to interact with him.  I'm ready for the paper-pregnancy to be over.


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