Posts in category "grief"

You Never Know: Grieving the Loss of a Baby

It was a joy to be pregnant with my first baby.  I have always loved babies — the intense gaze of their dark newborn eyes, the way they smell, the cool smooth butter of their skin; new babies just home from the hospital, tightly swaddled and deeply asleep; babies in fat bunched diapers, babies crawling,... Read more »

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: When Kids Hurt Other Kids

Sexual Assault Awareness Month:  When Kids Hurt Other Kids
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.   This is the second guest post I have featured from a survivor of sexual assault.  In this woman’s story, she bravely sheds light on a terrible truth within the world of sexual abuse: older children are sometimes the ones who hurt younger children.  This story is also a painful... Read more »

The Painful Reality of Adopting Older Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Painful Reality of Adopting Older Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Adopting older children out of foster care is a very different experience from infant adoption, and it is my experience that there are fewer books and stories available about this topic.  I am pleased to share the following guest post with you, written by Brittney Dalton: By Brittney Dalton I am scared to allow you... Read more »
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Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: Jan 2003 - Deciding to Adopt

It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. January 2003 Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with... Read more »

This Tug of War Was Destroying Him.

This Tug of War Was Destroying Him.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences. By Danielle: My husband, Eric, and... Read more »

When Is the Family Complete? Grief, Gratitude, Love

When Is the Family Complete? Grief, Gratitude, Love
A little over two years ago, baby Cleo was born, completing a trio of little girls in our family.  For about six weeks, I felt like my family was done.  Full.  And yet, by the time my newborn was twelve weeks old, I began a campaign to convince my husband that we needed just one... Read more »
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I Had Been Waiting for Years: Guest Post by Melissa Flanagan

I can’t remember the exact age when I first thought I would struggle to bear children, though I distinctly recall having that thought sometime early on in high school.  Maybe it was the overly-painful, difficult menstruation I experienced at too young an age, or perhaps just intuition, but somehow I knew.  And I was right.... Read more »

We Are Not Complete

We Are Not Complete
In honor of November being National Adoption Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, waiting adoptive parents, and foster parents-turned-adoptive parents.  Painful... Read more »

Katie's Custody Day: A Strong Girl from the Start

Katie's Custody Day: A Strong Girl from the Start
Today is November 14th, which happens to be my daughter Katie’s custody day!  In honor of this special occasion, which conveniently falls during National Adoption Month, I am posting a letter I have written to Katie.  This will be the only Portrait in our series of 30 Adoption Portraits that was not written by a... Read more »
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Pain Among Beauty

Pain Among Beauty
In honor of November being National Adoption Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, waiting adoptive parents, and foster parents-turned-adoptive parents.  Painful... Read more »