Things were getting pretty serious with our adoption agency. We had just found out there were only 3 other families in their waiting pool and our profile was soon to be shown to a birthmom. So, we felt it was probably time to let the cat out of the bag and announce to the interworld that we we're "pregnant on paper."
I knew I wanted the announcement to be creative and cute because, well, all them pregnant ladies get to make cute announcements all the time, so why shouldn't we?
I turned to my creative best friend, Google, for inspiration and googled "adoption announcement." Lo and behold, there were a ton of pretty cute options. Wayyy more creative than what I would have come up with on my own. Thank you, Googs!
I spotted one that I absolutely loved and then got to work buying the supplies, finding a friend to take the pictures (thanks again, Rachel!), and convincing husband it was the right time to blast our news.
Here's what we posted:
We're nearly BURSTING with excitement to share this news with all of you...
I love that we got to play with our internet friends by making them think for a sec that the second balloon was going to say "expecting." But nope!! GOTCHA! We're adopting. Didn't see that coming now did ya, internet?
While I still hope that we get to make a fun pregnancy announcement someday, I really enjoyed announcing our adoption, mostly because it's pretty darn rare. For approximately every 1,000 pregnancy announcements, there's probably 1 adoption announcement, if that. (Btw, I made up those numbers.) So, it was kinda neat to be a part of something so different, so foreign to so many folks. I definitely felt special.
And the response was overwhelmingly loving and positive. So many likes, so many messages of congrats, even a few private messages from friends who are considering adoption or struggling with infertility and looking for support. Sometimes, the internet is a really awesome place. :)
As for current adoption news, we really don't have much going on right now.
I called our agency last week to tell them we took our newborn parenting class so they could mark it off on our file. The last official CHECK on our "getting ready for adoption" list!!
Then we chatted for a bit about how "ready" we are for baby. They know that we have tons of baby gear and are reading up on all things adoption related whenever we get the chance. I think I told the director of our agency "We're ready!" about 80 times over the course of a 5 minute phone call. Oops. Can you tell I'm a bit eager?
Instead of asking, "So, are you working with any birthmothers right now?" I chickened out and didn't mention it at all. I was too afraid of the answer. If she had said "no" it would have just broken my impatient heart in two right then and there. So, I really have no idea how soon things will happen.
Actually, even if I had asked and she had said "no", there's always a chance that a birthmom will contact the agency from the hospital after the baby's born, ready to make an adoption plan. Boy, would that be the fast track!
So, who knows what our story will be! We're just going to keep distracting ourselves with awesome summer plans and hope that we're so busy with fun that we hardly notice the time passing.
And then one day, probably on the day we least expect it, we'll get that call from our agency and finally get to call ourselves Mom & Dad. BOOM. Just like that! Childless one day, parents the next. Gosh, adoption is a wild ride, don't ya think?