It was an unusually warm January day in 2013. The expectant mother and I had grown quite close in the short time we had known each other. She had a bad case of bronchitis. As a result, she was not getting much sleep and growing dehydrated. Her amniotic fluid was decreasing, so we were going to the hospital every few days for a non-stress test and fluid check. We had our overnight bags packed, anticipating that one of these visits would result in the big day coming a few weeks early. That day was The Day. We called our spouses so they could meet us there. Things were about to get moving. Good thing she and I grabbed lunch on our way!
“Gotcha Day” can come with many emotions for people on all sides of the triad. From the term “gotcha” symbolizing an object to be gotten or the way you say “gotcha” when you scare or trick someone, to just not wanting to celebrate something that could have been emotionally devastating for others in the triad. Click here to see why our family doesn’t celebrate Gotcha Day on adoption.com.
I am sooooo excited! A few months ago, I was asked to be a part of an ebook that adoption.com is publishing. It is a collection of short stories from adoptive parents about advice they can give or lessons they have learned in their adoption process. Each chapter is a story from a different adoptive parent. I can’t wait til it is released! (Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it is. Stay Tuned.)
Anyhow, they are almost done with editing and formatting the book and the editor of adoption.com wrote to me with an update and asked me to join adoption.com as a Staff Writer (Storyteller). Their reach between adoption.com and adoption.org is over 2.5 million monthly viewers! That’s a lot of eyes! I will be writing a short piece every week on adoption. It will include personal accounts, navigating adoption, tips, pictures and advice. They will be thought provoking, educational, touch on real world news, celebrity adoptions, etc.
I am so excited about this opportunity and I hope you will check me out on adoption.com soon!
PS. Don’t worry, this blog isn’t going anywhere, I am just adding this gig to my adoption advocating! I’ll still be writing for Cincinnati Parent and Indy’s Child too.