Monday, August 29, 2011

Love You More-The Divine Surprise of Adopting my Daughter

I recently read Love You More-The Divine Surprise of Adopting my Daughter. It chronicled Jennifer Grant's journey in adopting a little girl from Guatemala.  She described the emotions of realizing she was being led to adopt, how her older three children adjusted to the new person, the pain of waiting, and lots of other engaging stories.

Frankly, I loved it.  Couldn't put it down.  Maybe it is because I'm a new mom, and the feelings she expressed regarding her love for her child are so fresh on my mind.  I could completely identify with how she fell in love with this child and wanted to know/feel/hear/see everything about her.  Maybe I loved it because I hope to adopt a child someday, and I find the process intriguing, frustrating, ridiculous, and glorious all at the same time.

Grant delved into some of the misconceptions about adoption, as well as some of the ugliness.  She brought to light how adoption is a way to make big money in some countries, and how finding the right agency that does it's homework is key.  I cannot imagine the terror of finding out your child, the one you have come to love and call your own, was not really without a family in the first place, but was abducted, sold for money, or some other atrocity.

Grant includes a list of resources in the back, that I intend to check out and hope to find useful.  I liked the way she told her story, though I occassionally got confused because it didn't exactly go in chronological order.  Overall, a definite recommendation, particularly for those interested in adopting.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

At four months you.....

*giggle all the time
*like to stand up with someone holding you
*like sitting in the bumbo seat
*are very intrigued by the person in the mirror
* rarely don't have something in your mouth
*love the exersaucer
*wiggle, scoot, and kick yourself into different places
*can reach for and hold objects
*sleep 8-9 hours straight at night
*weigh 14 lbs, 13oz, and are 64.5 cm long
*drool incessantly
*have brought so much joy to my life

Friday, August 05, 2011

Just for funnzies.....

video
(She is totally asleep in this video.)