Birth Parent Shaming

If you would have asked me seven years ago if I wanted a relationship with our future birth family, I probably hadn't given the idea much thought. When we were in the process of our adoption, the birth family was actually the last thing on our minds. Not because we didn't care about them, of…

Behold This Beauty!

Tonight when I put Baby #4 to bed, he gave me a very long hug.  He doesn’t hug that much anymore.  You see, he has faucets to find, dogs to bother, cabinets to clean out, and laundry to scatter.  He MIGHT play with toys if he feels like it, for sure if somebody plays with…

Meeting Milestones Late

I was intending to have some really great and enlightening 😉 😉 posts written for National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (October) and National Adoption Month (November), but obviously that just didn’t happen. (I guess moving halfway across the country will keep you busy!) Although I was hoping to use this blog somewhat as an advocacy…

Sevenly: A Company With a Cause

This coming Friday, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day; a day quite significant in our household for obvious reasons.  As parents of a child with Down syndrome, it is important for us to recognize the opportunities this group of people has, and be an encouraging source of information and support to those who may be just beginning…

Our Open Adoption’s Evolution

After my husband and I sat through open adoption training for our agency, we were a little overwhelmed.  Honestly, we were quite negative about the whole deal.  The panel, filled with adoptive families; discussed how close they were with their birth families, how the two families (birth and adoptive) spent weekends together actually enjoying each…

Feeding Dilemmas

During our adoption’s process, we had a facebook page where family, friends, and others followed along and offered words of encouragement and excitement.  After Baby #4’s homecoming and when he was finally deemed legally ours (a 60 day wait here), I decided to take it down.  Afterwards, we were humbled by the large amount of…