There has been a real flurry of activity in our family as of late. There have been doctor’s appointments, baby wearing classes, breastfeeding classes, and even a newborn care class! We are checking off the final must-haves off of baby’s shopping list, and the nursery is really coming together. A place for everything and everything in it’s place…until the baby gets here, that is! I understand that then I should expect chaos! I say BRING IT ON!
Baby wearing, also known as Kangaroo Care, is super interesting and definitely something we will do with our little one. We have 2 carriers for him, and the awesome thing about the baby-wearing meeting is that you can try out and even borrow carriers to practice. The baby has the final word on the carrier after all, and if he ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Kangaroo care is considered very important for adopted babies, as it really does help with the bonding process. It’s also supposed to help with milk supply for feeding, and we will need all the help we can get! We want him to feel calm, cozy and safe when he enters the world!
The La Leche League is a breastfeeding support group that brings mothers together and helps to answer their questions about feeding their babies. I had a beautiful experience at my first meeting, and I will definitely go back. I met such special people there! One lady in particular was so lovely that she not only invited me over for a visit at her home, she donated her freezer stash of breast milk to our baby! How incredibly generous! She was so kind, and we chatted for hours. It just goes to show that one really can make friends in the darnedest places!
Upon suggestion from a friend of mine, P and I went to Babies R Us to sign up for a Baby Registry. No, there is nothing on it yet. Not sure if we will do it at all…but the point of the story is that the young women who did our paperwork with us handed us a $10 gift card. She said, “Good luck! I will be walking your path in a few years once I am ready to start my family. I cannot have biological children, but I cannot imagine not being a parent!” I just wanted to hug her. Love and support comes from the most surprising places, and often, it takes my breath away.
The newborn care class was super fun. I am so glad we did it. It really made us feel like expectant parents. We often miss that feeling because we don’t look like expectant parents. Lack of pregnancy will do that to you! We were the only adoptive parents in the class. I thought I would feel very weird being surrounded by so many very-pregnant women… and I DID! I quickly got over myself, and P and I just jumped right in. We had a blast! I promise that if there would have been a competition for fastest diaper changer in the class, P would have won! Of course, I called him Teacher’s Pet, especially after he had our practice doll in a full-on swaddle long before the rest of us got to the second fold. I was super proud of P, the Daddy-to-Be!
Our plane tickets are booked, and we are getting so excited for our little special delivery! I cannot thank you all enough for supporting our family in this epic adventure. We definitely feel surrounded by love, and for that we are incredibly grateful.