I thought it was about time I gave you all an update on our journey towards growing our family. As I hinted yesterday, we have begun the adoption process. My sweet readers, I have never been more excited for anything in all my life! I really, truly feel this is the way it was meant to be. After seven IVF attempts and one miscarriage, ending fertility treatment in December was the best decision we ever made. We’ve only just started the adoption paperwork and it will be a long process, but just knowing that we will someday be parents means the world to us.
Our plan is to adopt a baby of African-American heritage from the United States. We were heartbroken to learn that there is a vast shortage of families seeking to adopt children of African-American descent, and as we would be overjoyed with a baby of any race or gender, it felt like an obvious choice for us. Raising a child of another race will be a challenge at times, but we will do our very best to teach them to be proud of their heritage and surround them with a diverse community of people that love them. It is our hope that it will be an open adoption, which will allow our child to have a relationship with their birth mother. I will try to keep you updated along the way, but as it’s such an immensely personal journey for everyone involved, I may be a bit tight-lipped at times. In the coming months, I will be working on completing our application, reading books about adoption, and buying all the nursery decor and baby clothes my heart desires. It will likely be at least a year until we have a baby in our arms, but we know when that day comes, it will be the happiest of our lives. Thank you, dear readers, for your thoughtfulness and support. Blue skies ahead!
(image: the cutest baby overalls)