This is one of many of life's unfairness-es. That's a word, right? It's not fair at all that I wasn't even trying to get pregnant, or thinking about it, and managed to become so. Meanwhile you guys tried and tried, maybe even were successful a few times at getting pregnant, but then it didn't last. That's not fair. I'm sorry. I'm sorry if your path leading you here was a prickly, thorny, jagged rock path and there were no shoes to be found.
As our paths join from this point forward, there are a few things I want you to know.
- I want more than anything to see my child again. From the moment I leave the hospital, an absolute emotional wreck, all I will think about is "When can I see her again??!" But I understand that you need time as a family to bond. My guess is what you need me to know is that you need space. Ultimately, I want what is best for her. So if space is what you guys need, space is what you'll get. But know that whenever you are ready, I'd love to see her again.
- Relationships are fluid, dynamic things. Whatever our relationship starts out like, good or bad, it doesn't have to or get to stay that way forever. By investing time and attention and effort, we can build a positive, healthy connection. Hopefully we can be really honest with each other throughout the process about what works for us, what doesn't, and what we want/need.
- Just like no two kids are exactly alike, no two adoptions are either. While we can both gather support from others who have walked this path, our adoption is unique. We will have to figure out what works best for us.
- There will be times, like when we first meet, that will just be awkward, no matter what. You may feel like you need to come across as well spoken, put together, and definitely not crazy because if you don't, I'll change my mind and not place my child with you. I'll feel like I need to come across as well spoken, put together, and definitely not crazy because if I don't, you won't let me have a relationship with my child later on. All of that is baloney. Facades don't work long term. You be you. I'll be me. We'll build on that.
- Most importantly: I can be one of your biggest cheerleaders, if you'll let me. You are raising my biological child. I have a whole lot of interest vested in things going well for you and your family. I want you to know I'm on your side, not against you. If you ever doubt that, keep in mind that I chose you. I chose you to be my daughter's parents. I saw qualities in you, in your relationship to each other, that made me pick you above anybody else. Please, please don't forget that!
A loving birthmother