When you're in the waiting phase for an adoption there's not much you can do to pass the time. And I can't really get anything ready like his room or clothes or toys until we get his picture, size and age so I know whether we need to prepare a crib or toddler bed and what size of clothes he'll need. All things I LOVE doing when I'm pregnant and preparing for a new one to join our family. So, I've been slowly collecting other items. Like books! Because I know a lot of people adopting I wanted to share some of my new favorites.
1. A Blessing From Above: (Here)
This sweet book tells of a mother kangaroo who had an empty pouch and prayed day and night that her pouch would be filled.
She comes across a small bird who had fallen from his next and is able to be this birdie's mommy.
I appreciate that this book talks about how happy the baby makes the mommy and that at the end they thank God.
2. God Found Us You (Here)
This story talks of a little fox who wants to hear about the day he came home and his Mama says, "When God found us you, it made me the happiest mother in the world."
They do a great job of talking about the wait.
Little bear also asks about his birth mom....
"How come I couldn't stay with the mother who had me?"
"She must have had very big reasons to give you up. She must have thought it was best for you."
This one might be my favorite. It seems to capture exactly how I've felt each step of the way. And the things I want to say to my little one as soon as he's in our arms and through out the years as he begins to ask questions about his past.
3. I Wished For You (Here)
This story tells of little Barley as he asks questions about how he was his Mama's wish come true.
It does a beautiful job of talking about Barley's birth mom.
"What about the mama who grew me in her tummy?" asked Barley. "Didn't she wish for me, too?"
"Sometimes, Barley," said Mama, "A mama will grow a baby in her belly, and for all kinds of reasons, she'll decide she cannot be the very best mama she wants to be. The mama who grew you loved you enough to make a different wish -- a wish for a family who would love her little one with a total and adoring love. The kind of love I have for you," said Mama.
A great book that has won several awards too. The end finishes talking about how families all look different and what makes a family is their love for each other. A good choice for children!
4. I Don't Have Your Eyes (Here)
"....but I have your ways of looking at things."
"I don't have your hands....but i have your way of gently touching others."
This is another favorite. It goes through several physical attributes and makes a correlation about how the nurturing of a parent makes a family, not similar physical characteristics.
Well that's all for book reviews adoption edition! I would love hearing about resources you love for helping your child understand the adoption process.