The adoption process is so freaking long that by the time your child finally comes home you’re positive you’re prepared. Except then there’s a real child involved and real life starts to happen, often at breakneck speed.
This week’s Forever Family post will talk about the parenting learning curve along with some aspects unique to our adoptive family. Here’s a preview:
Becoming parents has a pretty steep learning curve. It doesn’t matter how many books you read or classes you attend, when that little bundle of poopy joy comes home with you things get real. And real doesn’t always translate to a page from What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Sometimes “real” sounds like “gee, that sort of/kind of/maybe looks like the picture of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, do I call the pediatrician?” Sometimes it looks like “I’m pretty sure that spot was there yesterday, unless she’s getting chicken pox.” Sometimes it feels like ” ‘the thermometer only says 99.2 but he’s burning up’ followed by three more temperature-taking attempts.”
Becoming adoptive parents has that same crazy learning curve, but there are days when it feels more like you’ve launched yourself off a cliff with an expectation of landing on your feet.
Join RFTM on Friday to talk learning curves – what was easy, what was hard, and what hit you like lightning from a clear blue sky.