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Adoption Blog: The Perfect Blend

We’re Waiting to Become a Blended Family

Meet me, my daughters, and husband and join us as we wait, and wait, for the newest member of our family!

We live in a princess household. Cinderella and her cohorts could, I imagine, waltz, prance, or stroll, as the case may be, into our New York City apartment and feel quite at home. At any given moment, you can find us donning costume gowns full of glitter and tulle, singing princess songs at full (if slightly screechy) volume, and dancing with partners, ranging from stuffed animals to cats, with sweet, romantic abandon. My husband, Jeremiah, and I are the parents of two insanely beautiful, witty, sweet, and spunky daughters, Josi, 3, and Lilah, 2, and our insides are filled to the brim with gut-wrenching love.

Which is why I—no, we—are more than a little nervous about a son. A son! I know. Really, I know. It's apparently the holy grail of American families to have at least one of each. And we're excited. We are, I swear. But we're also, truth be told, a bit petrified. What will we, as our family grows to five, do on movie night once it's not a popcorn-fueled girl-a-thon? Will a son enjoy our dress-up princess dance parties? There are simple solutions for these issues. We can take turns choosing and he can be the prince when it's not his turn to choose. Or maybe when it is his turn to choose, too, because there's a chance he'll dissolve our fears by declaring that he loves Snow White or Tiana. But it's not just that.

Whereas Josi and Lilah are biological children, our son will be adopted. After two pregnancies and two gorgeous and healthy biological children, we've chosen a different route this time around, a route that's new and, by virtue of its newness, loaded with uncertainty. A route that was initiated long before Josi was born, before Jeremiah and I were even married, when I announced that I wanted adoption to be part of our future—I'll try to articulate more about this desire in my next post—and Jeremiah, gracefully and thoughtfully, agreed. We've decided on adopting from Korea, partly in honor of my two aunts, who were amongst the first wave of Korean international adoptees decades ago, partly because of the excellent physical and emotional care given to the babies as they wait for adoptive families. And, mostly, as I'm finding is so often the case on our adoption path, because it just feels right. So here we are, months into the process, waiting for a still distant day when we'll travel halfway across the world and bring home our baby.

To learn more about AdoptiveFamiliesCircle's newest blogger, Meghan, view her profile.

Related links from Adoptive Families magazine:

The Ties That Bind: Making Blended Families Work

The Blend Trend

Siblings and Adoption

Related groups from AdoptiveFamiliesCircle:

International Adoption Group

Korea Adoption Group

Transracial Families Adoption Group

Waiting Families Adoption Group

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Welcome Meghan, we look forward to following your journey!

By Jeff on Monday, November 08, 2010 at 11:12 pm.

Thanks, Jeff!

By Meghan on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 at 3:07 pm.

Welcome Meghan. I, too, look forward to following your foray into “boy-hood.” Ours is a household of “pink,” yet I have a biological daughter and an adopted one, so I have inkling of this special part of your journey. Enjoy.

By Stacy Clark on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm.

Thanks, Stacey.  I actually subscribe to your personal blog, so it’s kind of creepy how much I know about your family!

By Meghan on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm.

Welcome Meghan!  We had the opposite experience - we went from a house dominated by our two boys to one where the little princess in the house has us all moving in her orbit.  It has been an amazing journey.  Looking forward to hearing more about yours.

By Ellenore Angelidis on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm.

Meghan, That’s cool you subscribe to This Side of the Skies. Thanks for reading! But, don’t worry, you’ll handle your journey with much more wisdom and grace. smile Can’t wait to hear how yours goes.

By Stacy Clark on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm.

I’m not so sure about that, Stacey, but thanks for the vote of confidence.  Actually, thank you all for the welcome and for joining me—us—on this journey.  I’ve loved reading your blogs.  I’ve read some of you for a long time and others are newfound treasures.

By Meghan on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 5:10 am.

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