Tagged with open adoption

Deciding to Add Our Names to the List

Deciding to Add Our Names to the List

Our adoption agency, the IAC, gives their families who have been waiting to adopt for at least one year the option of joining what they call the “Last Minute Hospital List.”  Basically, this means that an expectant mother is at the hospital and is just about to (or has just) given birth and has decided … Continue reading

The 6:18 tradition

The 6:18 tradition

Today’s my birthday, number 33! I woke up to a fantastic breakfast of *A*’s new specialty coconut-crusted stuffed french toast.  She’s working on my old-fashioned birthday cake as we speak.  I’m so lucky to have such a great partner.  It’s the icing on the cake (pun completely intended) to have a fantastic baker and cook … Continue reading

Ready for it

Ready for it

 On this Father’s Day, which did not turn out to be my first, it feels impossible to hide my longing to be a dad.  I’m happy for all those dads around me who are celebrating today.  And I wish my own dad a happy day, though I’m not there to celebrate with him.  Still, you … Continue reading

My Open Letter to a Birth Father

My Open Letter to a Birth Father

Ever since  *A*  and I started the adoption process well over a year ago, I have felt inundated by personal stories, quotes, cautionary tales, and advice from and about women involved in some aspect of adoption.  Adoption books and blogs, parenting books, websites, personal blogs – you name it – they are primarily written by … Continue reading

Trying Something New: Adoptimist

Trying Something New: Adoptimist

*A* and I are continuing to probe new outlets for getting out our news/hopes/dreams of adopting.  There are so many options out there for online marketing, many of them cost prohibitive for us right now.  What do I mean by that?  Well,  take Facebook ads, for example, which might be a really good option (or … Continue reading

The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about a fellow adoption blogger, Kristen, whose blog, Adoption Love, I follow. Kristen, in turn, has nominated The Littlest Brooks-Livingston for a Sunshine Award.  Thanks! I wasn’t familiar with what this whole blog award thing is about (What? Did I just win a blogging Oscar? Shall I prepare … Continue reading

Tune for Tuesday: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Tune for Tuesday: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Even a song as time-worn, kitschy, and overplayed as this can have new meaning when you’re eyeball deep in dreaming, hoping, and preparing for a big life change: A co-worker of mine was singing this song the other day after listening to the Hawaiian version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (which I like a lot more – sorry, … Continue reading

“Gotcha Day”

“Gotcha Day”

In the world of adoption (in the U.S., anyway), there’s what seems to be a growing trend of celebrating “Gotcha” Day – the first day adoptive parents spend with their new child.  According to the Today Show, who has been spending significant time all this week during their broadcast focusing on issues related to adoption, “Gotcha” … Continue reading