Emily and I are getting more excited every day for the baby.
We have been busy preparing the nursery and have almost everything in place and in order. Emily had a surprise baby shower at work yesterday. She came home and showed me all the wonderful things her coworkers had given her and she was so incredibly happy. I really enjoyed seeing her so happy.
We’ve also been reading some books to help us prepare for the transition as adoptive parents. I’m about halfway through the book Black Baby, White Hands, which is a memoir of an African-American baby who was adopted by a white family in 1968 (the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated). The author is very candid about how he viewed race as he was growing up and has given me a lot of insight into how my African-American son is going to view race as he grows up, too.
Emily and I had the opportunity to talk with the birth mother over the phone about a week ago. It was a really great conversation. The birth mother gave us some insight into why she is giving her baby up for adoption and also as to why she chose us as adoptive parents. We also talked about the snow up here in Indiana–she’s in Florida, so she’s never seen snow before. She was excited the baby would get to experience playing in the snow and making snowmen.
This phone conversation did take the place of us actually flying down and meeting the birth mother before the baby is born. The reality of meeting us in person before the birth was just too overwhelming for her, which is common in an adoption.
The due date is less than three weeks away at this point. Exciting!
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