Wednesday, January 16, 2013
where my babies came from...
I am writing this post as a part of the PAIL monthly theme post. The topic for this month is "where do babies come from?"
I've got to say that I'm pretty excited to be writing about this topic as it's something I've given a lot of thought to. To be honest, when we were TTC Piper, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into whether or not HOW she came into this world would impact her. I never planned on keeping it a secret, but I also didn't go into fits of panic worrying about whether or not this would harm her psychologically. The truth is, that as a Psych major with an MA in Counseling, I don't really think that her conception will play a huge role in her mental well being. Piper was made in a petri dish. So what? Actually, when I was pregnant, Mel highlighted a book all about ART. When I saw it I knew I wanted to have it to read to our daughter:
As for her brother? His story won't be near as exciting. He wasn't made in a petri dish and it didn't take any special medication to make him. He is absolutely wanted and already loved beyond words, but I think Piper's story seems a lot more special. Hopefully he doesn't get a complex about being "homegrown".
I do think that the stories about our children's creation will help them have a better understanding of how families are built and hopefully allow them to be open-minded, thoughtful people. They will learn that families come in all shapes and sizes and are built in many different ways and that's a BEAUTIFUL thing! I'm glad that our journey, our story will help them gain that important life lesson.
How do you plan on answering the question "where do babies come from?", even if all of yours are homegrown? If you used ART or adopted your children, do you plan on sharing that specific story with them? If so, how?