Many adoption books and resources focus on infant or toddler adoption. When we started our first adoption in 2010, I didn’t know many people who were looking to adopt an older child (usually a term used for a child age 3 or older) let alone siblings as we did. Just as things surprised me about adopting a child with special needs, these are some things that we went through adopting two children ages 3 1/2 and 6 1/2 almost 3 years ago. It’s been challenging, it’s been surprising and it’s definitely been wonderful.
|May 2011, our first visit together|
|first time stepping into cold weather, February 2012|
When adopting internationally, there will be many firsts to experience. For us, the funnier firsts were the first time using an escalator (a combination of excitement and apprehension) and first timewe went to use an ATM (money comes out of a wall?) in reference to our American conveniences. There was their first time riding a bike, or reading a word in a book and the wiggly teeth/what to do with the lost teeth. There are firsts that are monumental like the first hug that really felt like a hug, or the first time we really felt like a mother and child together. Some firsts come quickly and others we wait for quite a while. But there will be many firsts, they may just look a little different than we imagine.
|first real bike rides|
You will feel like family