Making the Choice to Adopt

This week I’ve had some visitors from ICLW (click over to the left to learn more about this comment leaving fest).

The very first comment on my “intro” post for this month, has gotten me thinking. Michelle asked about coming to the decision to adopt.

I’ve posted a bit about how it felt at Grown in My Heart.

Here’s the thing: like so many otther things in life, I just knew. I can’t say when exactly we said goodbye to our imaginary bio child, but we did. Here’s the short version of our short stay in IF land. We didn’t really like it there, we found it involved a lot of poking and proding and sometimes surgery.

BgK and I both presented with a few IF factors, and our RE (who was wonderful and I would rec. in a heartbeat if you are in Indpls) sat us down and explained what our best shot was–IVF w/ ICSI. He gave us a lot of reading material, and I’m glad he did. I think it’s one thing to hear a simple explanation, and entirely a different matter to read a somewhat academic explanation of exactly what it happening to your body as you force ovulation, retrieve eggs, retrieve sperm, etc.

Anyway, after reading through about 75% of what he gave us, I put it all away and said no. Couldn’t do it. Wouldn’t do it. Couldn’t do it. Just couldn’t. I was overwhelmed by simply reading about all the hormones. Overwhelmed by the possibilty of having multiples, or having an army of frozen potential babies in a freezer somewhere, or going through all of this and having none of it work. Completely overwhelmed and I hadn’t even read through the entire process yet.

So we started looking for an adoption agency. And we went to two different agencies–one for international adoptions from Russia, one for a domestic agency.

And when I heard we would more than likely be able to have an adoption placement of an infant, of newborn only days or weeks old, that was it. We knew then and there that was how we would become parents.

And it was.

4 Replies to “Making the Choice to Adopt”

  1. I checked out your last few posts…

    1. It was neat reading about your story, I appreciated the insight into how you "knew" adoption was the right path for you.

    2. Not sure what type of books you like. (I'm a teacher who LOVES summer reading too!) I just finished reading "The Gemma Doyle" trilogy and really enjoyed them. (Though the last of the 3 books is 800+ pages. Whew!) (The cover pictures show a girl in a corset—don't let the pictures fool you. These are NOT romance novels. They are about a girl in Victorian era London who learns she has unexpected powers.) And I SOOOO relate to trying to get my daughter to fall asleep in the car, so I can park and have some reading time!

    3. Last, but not least, the pics of your kiddos are super. What cuties! 🙂


  2. It's amazing when a choice you make feels so right and everything just kind of falls into place. I'm so happy you found what was right for you and you went for it. It's truly inspiring.

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