ElizabethAnn 690 Posted November 16, 2006 Report Share Posted November 16, 2006 One of the things we emphasize at orientation is the fact that whether you become a parent by adoption or by birth, you still need to go through an emotional transition time of "pregnancy." When you plan to adopt a child through Abrazo, you, too, get to: * tell people you're expecting! * take Lamaze and parenting classes * rediscover the joys of spousal intimacy for the sheer pleasure of it * eat for two! * join store baby registries * get your nursery ready * experience mood swings as you cope with the stress of all the changes in your lives * worry about whether your baby will be healthy * share in the ups and downs of your child's birthmom's pregnancy, if you're so blessed * be feted at baby showers like any other expectant parent * interview pediatricians to find just the right doctor for your future child * be present for the birth, if invited by birthparent/s * involve your extended family in your coming miracle if you so choose * prepare to breastfeed, if that's important to you and more-- just like every parent-to-be! Enjoy! The primary difference between an adoptive pregnancy and a homegrown one (aside from the physical experience) is that we never know in advance how long the wait will be for those who are adopting. After all, a homegrown pregnancy almost always takes a full 10 months, and adoptive pregnancies can often be shorter, being those parents have to be that much more ready for baby! (Nice problem to have, hmm?) And if you want to wear maternity clothes, to let the world to know that you, too, have a bun in the oven (wherever that little bun may be baking!) check out this innovative little company especially for adopting parents-to-be: www.notshowing.com. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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