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  1. The day has finally arrived. You are going to meet your new baby. With the anticipation and anxiety that goes with the adoption process, it can feel like a wave of relief to be so close to this moment… with just a touch of panic.

     

    What do we need? What should we bring? What if we forget something? This trip is too important to get lost in the stress of a packing list. Here are a few essential items to help alleviate some of the last-minute worry.

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  2. It is important to remind yourself and your partner that it is completely normal – and healthy – to feel blindsided with a range of conflicting feelings after a failed adoption. Those who have gone through this know that while it may seem devastating now, you can and will be able to move forward. Trust in yourself, the support of your partner, and time. To further help you during this period, keep these tips in mind.

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  3. No matter how excited your child may be about getting a new sibling, that doesn't change an important factor: adding a child to the household is a big, big change, and sometimes young children need some help processing that. It's more than just an extra person to get to know, it's also acknowledging that they don't have sole ownership of your attention anymore, and trying to figure out how they fit into the new family dynamic. Here are some tips on how to help make that adjustment a little easier for them.

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  4. You've probably heard the saying that no one is ever one hundred percent truly ready to have a child, and to some extent, that rings true. You can never really know what changes a child will bring to your life until those changes are happening. However, there are some things to consider when you are trying to decide whether or not you are ready to adopt.

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  5. A lot of the adoption process is a waiting game, so many prospective adoptive parents consider decorating the nursery while they wait. Whether because they don't know what gender child they might end up adopting or because they wish to avoid gendered norms altogether, many adoptive parents prefer to focus on gender-neutral nursery themes. Below are some you might consider as you plan your child's nursery.

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