We have one biological son though IVF. He is five years old and will be starting kindergarten this fall. When you first meet him he is shy, but once he gets to know you he is very sweet, loving, caring, happy, smart, helpful and funny. He loves books, cooking, castles, animals, princesses, Veggietales, playing dress up as well as playing in the water, digging in the dirt, going to the library and park and playing with friends. He is a very well behaved, happy and healthy child.
He likes books so much that he has to have at least two books read to him before he goes to bed. Then he has to have a pile of books on his bed as well as a box of books by his bed to “read” until he falls asleep.
Our son enjoys a predictable routine which gives him confidence and security. Meal times are consistent every day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Evening activities include game night, craft night, movie night, and Awanas night. Screen time is very limited, with family movie night including his favorite show, Little House on the Prairie, one Veggietale per week, and a Price is Right on Saturday morning. Instead of screen time, we encourage imagination, puzzles, educational games and outdoor fun. As a result, our son has a very good imagination, and makes up his own stories, songs, and jokes.
We try our best to avoid processed sugar with our son, instead we give him fruit sugar as we feel it is better for him. We plan on sticking with both the fruit sugar and limited screen time for our next little one as well.
We work hard to provide lots of situations for our son to learn to be loving, caring, and empathetic. We have pets that he helps take care of, and watches over. He feeds the cats and fish, and takes care of the neighbor’s bunnies and chickens when they are away. There is also a very friendly horse named Red that lives in the field next to us which our son enjoys petting and feeding. Whenever Red sees us outside he comes running over to the fence to see us as we always have a treat or two for him. We teach him to appreciate the deer and squirrels and frogs and butterflies, and to not hurt anything.
When It comes to adding a sibling to the family, he is very excited and it is pretty much all he talks about. He can't wait for a sibling and asks all the time if we are “going to go get his sister now” as that is what he has decided he wants although, I know he would be happy with either a sister or brother. I asked him why he wants a sister and he said, “so I can dress her up in bows and pretty dresses and have tea parties with her.” Sister or brother I know he will be a great big brother. He recently visited his 2 month old cousin and adored her, giving her lots of love, kisses and was more than happy to help assist in her care.
A new baby in our family will be an extremely welcome addition. The new baby will instantly have our love and affection. They will have a place to be themselves, to learn and grow in every way, and to experience as much love as we can give. As the baby grows they will learn from, and enjoy the protective nature of a big brother, and two parents that will constantly look for ways the help and encourage them along their path.
If you allow us the privilege of loving and raising your child we will give him or her the same love and opportunities that our son has. We will treat your child as if he or she was ours biologically. The only difference is that he or she will always know they were adopted and was done so out of love.