If you have ever had a new baby or know someone who has, you know that it takes some time to adjust to a new baby. Having a new child…even if it is a teen is no different. My last post was in May. In June our newest child arrived as a blessing to our home. For the past few months, I have been trying to navigate new schedules, organizing our life, her life, learning her ques and needs and trying to body amidst caring for two other young boys. It has indeed been hectic and like any other new mom, some days I am exhausted, overwhelmed and even feeling inept for the task but when I look at all of my kids together and my husband with them, it is all worth it. Whether bringing home a 4-day old newborn, or welcoming a 14-year old teenager, that adjustment time is still there. The time is needed to nurture, love, bond, attach and figure it out. I am learning her unsaid needs, what startles her, how she likes to sleep and even her expressions. In just these past 2 months, we have watched A grow and mature. We have watched our boys fall in love with their new sister and we have grown connected to our new “edition” as well.
This week begins the new school year and with that activities for all three kids, homework, tests, etc. But we are up for the challenge. We have started down a path to something far beyond ourselves and we are thankful for the journey.
If you have never considered adopting a teenager, may our story encourage you to consider it. If you have already, we would love your advice.