One of the things I really wanted to do this summer was make a book for Zoe about her adoption story. I ended up using Snapfish to put the whole thing together. I think as she gets older, we’ll work on a newer book together; that way, Zoe can add in drawings or pictures that she wants to include, too.
The book begins with us waiting for a baby and then getting “the call.” I included pictures of her with her birth mom and birth grandparents at the hospital. I included pictures of us holding her for the first time, too. There are pictures of her coming home, family and friends who came to visit, and visits that we’ve had over the past 22 months with Zoe’s birth mom. I tried to write it so that it would be easy for her to understand at this age.
She loves looking at it. In fact, once she pulls it out and brings it over to one of us, we know that we’re going to be reading it multiple times in a row.
We got together with Zoe’s birth mom (and her family and her boyfriend). It was really good to see them. We met at our house and hung out for a bit. Then we headed up to the splash park for a little bit. We came back to our house and sat outside in the backyard and watched Zoe run around in her little pool and playhouse. It was a really nice afternoon. It was great to see how much fun Zoe had with everyone. We’re so glad we were all able to get together.