Training

We finished our training! Another item checked off! I’ve been meaning to post something about this for a while now (we finished a week ago), but my contract work got a bit heavy. I’m not complaining: thank goodness I have work!

The training was amazing. I don’t know if all mandatory training sessions for adoption applications are this great or if it was simply our trainers, but I left it feeling more prepared to face the road ahead. It was also comforting to be in a room full of couples like us who have all gone through the heartbreak of infertility. It was like meeting all of you, in blog-land, face-to-face! It’s hard for me to open up… maybe that’s why I like sharing and reading on blogs. These sessions, though, really gave me a chance to connect in-person with others and share our story. I looked around at the women in the room, and each one was smart, articulate and will make a great mother.

We ended with a question and answer session with mothers who adopted (domestically and internationally), a birth mother and a charming and confident teen who was adopted as a toddler. Their perspectives were so valuable and actually very encouraging. Despite all of the obstacles fate has thrown at us in our quest to grow our family, maybe DH and I can do this. After so many years of failure and heart ache, it’s hard not to think that the universe is telling us we’re just not capable of being or meant to be parents… sigh.

Boo, negativity! On to other things…

And then some…

We also got our electronic fingerprints done and sent off. The fellow doing our prints explained what he was doing and what he saw. He could tell I worked almost exclusively on a computer and that DH worked on a farm as a youth. It was like visiting one of those carnival mind-readers!! Anyways, the whole experience was like a CSI dream come true for me.

And, after all that excitement, I also found out I was nominated by Baby, interrupted for a Beautiful Blogger award! I can’t thank her enough, not just for this, but her words have gotten me through a lot of rough times, even before I started blogging (I’m also so happy to see her beta numbers getting higher and higher… go girl!).  Her words sometimes perfectly capture my feelings and make me feel just a little bit less like an infertile square peg.

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Nominees for this award have to:

  • Thank the person that nominated you for this award.
  • Copy the award and place it on your blog.
  • Link the person that nominated you for this award.
  • Tell us seven interesting things about yourself.
  • Nominate seven bloggers.
  • Post the links to the seven bloggers.

So, the seven interesting things about myself:

  1. Though DH and I have only been married less than 5 years, we’ve known each other for half our lives. I met him at school and we were in the same group of friends. So why did it take so long to get together? He’ll claim I was dating someone and I’ll claim he never looked at me. I thought he was one of the funniest men I had ever met. Glad he finally came to his senses and asked me out J
  2. I used to be a scientist. I still get excited when I hear the words xylem and phloem.
  3. As a consequence of #2, I still tend to be a bit of a geek.
  4. I have lived in one of the most amazing landscapes on earth and watched a pod of narwhal and beluga swim 6 feet away from me. I still miss it there.
  5. I know all the lyrics from the Xanadu soundtrack. Side A and side B, oh yeh.
  6. I really like working from home. I’m a bit stressed though, because I’m not sure how long the contracts will keep coming.
  7. Since we moved to a region that has more than one English radio station, I’ve become addicted to pop music. That’s right… I’m in my (very) late 30s, and I will still belt out the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance when blasting the radio in my car.

Now, to nominate seven bloggers (only seven?!) … Though we’ve never met, they’ve made an impact on me and helped me deal with all this ‘stuff’ over the last several years. There’s an honesty to what they write and their blogs have resonated with me in many ways. All of them have suffered through that heartbreaking rollercoaster… and a few, I’m sure, would appreciate some supportive words right now. Some are currently in a round of IVF, some have chosen to adopt (or have recently welcomed a child through adoption!) and others are going to give child-free living a try. I highly recommend paying them a visit!

  1. Babies everywhere
  2. Barren babe
  3. Bottoms off and on the Table
  4. I can haz bebe?
  5. Life and love in the petri dish
  6. Sparkly things distract me
  7. One good egg

I feel badly because since the move I’ve been in and out of the blogging world and not participating as much as I used to, but I am still lurking (sounds creepy doesn’t it! Ick). Thank you ladies!

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