We were going to use a placement agency for our second adoption, but we learned about Ben's birth mom just before we really committed. He wanted to come into the world early, forcing his birth mom to take it easy for months before he was born, just eight days early. Once we had him home, he spit up often and was quick to express his discontentment. Let's just say, once Ben was sleeping through the night, momma and Ben were both more pleasant people.
And then, thankfully, his adoption process went even faster than we expected. The hearing was just an informal formality, but it was an important step in creating our family of four. And we wouldn't change Ben's second-child ways that disrupted what we were used to and made our family even better. He's 14 months and already taught me many life lessons.
You can see pictures from the final adoption hearing here.
This is the fourth in a five-part series about how various events in January changed my life.