It has been just over a year since we signed our contract with Angel Adoption. Since it's a two year contract, I have always kind of dreaded getting to this place. We are over halfway through now, and as far as I know, no closer to becoming parents.
I do my best to keep mine and Nathan's spirits up and remind myself that God's timing is not our timing, but it doesn't always help. Why is it that when things are starting to look a little bleak or become a little overwhelming, is when everyone I know gets pregnant or has their baby? I've noticed this phenomenon throughout the whole process.
My biggest problem is figuring out what to do with myself. How do I spend my time? What should I be buying or preparing? Is buying or preparing anything a universal adoption jinx that I just don't know about?
And then there's Nathan...Nathan who won't talk about the baby much or even how he's feeling about the process unless I mention it's stressing me out. He doesn't like to talk about names or painting the nusery (even though it needs to be done). How am I supposed to support Nathan and his feelings when I don't even know what they are? Why do men always think we are mindreaders?
I've read all the adoption books I care to and they can't really say anything new about where we are in the process because really, there is no set way to handle it.
With that in mind, I actually have done a little shopping...We decided a long time ago, that we wanted the nursery theme to be farm animals; it's perfect, cute and reflects who we (or rather Nathan) are as people and its androgynous, which is probably the most important factor.
Not long after we signed the contract Fisher Price came out with a line of swings called "How Now Brown Cow" that was a farming theme. Our local Target started carrying it and everytime I walked into the store I would go and stare wistfully at the swings. Nathan got a $50 giftcard from work for administrative professionals day and I knew he would never use it, so early last month, I went to Target and bought the swing, which was normally $100 but was on sale the day I got there...
But maybe I'll wait...