This mother took some time to reflect on the things she wishes she would have know about herself and the adoption process when she started. Do you have anything you wish you had known?
I’m in a reflective mood today. I’ve found myself recently thinking back to what I was like at the start of the adoption process, and mulling over what advice I would give to myself. Here’s what I reckon:
1. Be prepared to take AT LEAST a year off work. Seriously. No really. Trust me.
2. Adoption is a hugely emotional journey, and each stage more so than the last. The run up to approval can be harrowing, the wait during matching is unbearable, and then actually having a child placed with you is like living with a small Dementor who feeds off your energy. (Love him, obviously, but still…)