I just don't think about things, I prepare for them. However, once in a while, I over plan.
The one constant in the adoption process is uncertainty. You can be guaranteed that nothing will go as planned. Everything that is required, is subjected to changed. No matter if your social worker, the county, a lawyer or even the birth family told you something, nothing goes as planned.
So you are probably wondering what does daydreaming have anything to do with adoption.
When you spend months and then years hoping for a child, all you have left is day dreaming. Hubby and I have ran through every scenario we could ever imagine and talked about what we would do. We bounced ideas around about day cares, mommy groups versus me staying home and only working seasonally. We talking about me staying home to teach our child basic skills until preschool or kindergarten or even homeschooling. We worked through our finances and resources to figure out what was even possible. We spent a large number of weeks discussing the pros and cons of diapers, formulas, and rather it made sense to even waste money on bassinets. We even talked about carpet vs hardwoods and how much dirt can a kid really eat.
Some people would pass judgement and say that we wasted so much time, but really six years is a long time to just wait and wait. We could have earned a doctorate degree in that time. Instead we stuck with our expensive master degrees and pondered on parenthood.
But daydreaming is getting the best of me right now. I have longed for the days that I just sit back and watch the growth of our precious baby. We have busted our asses trying to work and save tens of thousands of dollars for this adoption. The last thing I want to do is report to work after 12 weeks and let someone else hold, smile at and love on my precious baby, my hard work.
I had stopped daydreaming about this kind of career six years ago. My attention turned away from wanting a career to wanting a family because one was harder to get than the other.
My company is well aware of our pending adoption. I dont believe that it's right to hold secrets that will short change the company. I also asked for 4 months of maternity leave due to the laws in our state surrounding final adoption court dates. My manager accepted it and her manager accepted it. My contract will be renewed upon return from maternity leave.
But what about all those day dreams I have had for six years?
What about the random trips to the library for reading hour and baby day at the mall? What about parent and baby swim class and music class. My mother did that with me, and I wanted to do that also.
It pains me to think about only being home for four months and only getting to spend a few short hours with my child before bedtime. It seems to sad to me that I only have Saturday and Sunday to stuff in parent and child classes. But on the other hand, it sucks to pass up opportunities at work that seem to be carved just for me. These opportunities don't happen often, but I just dont feel as excited about as I thought I would have six years ago.
So do I dare to keep daydreaming on every scenario and possibility? Or is it time for me to be in reality and make choices. Let me daydream on that one...