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…

He Calls Me Bob

I knew that language would be slow coming for Baby #4.  After all, some kids with Down syndrome have very limited to no speech; others are able to communicate quite proficiently.  There is no way to tell how far our guys’ speech ability will develop, but when he started to say some words at around…

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…

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…