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Baby Steps: New addition

Posted August 26, 2010
Updated August 27, 2010

This past week, we welcomed the newest addition to our home. He’s a lanky, young guy with brown eyes and a white tip on the end of his tail.

I met Frazier when he was Pet of the Day back in July on the WRAL Noon News. He’s got a crooked foot from a past injury that didn’t heal quite right and that stuck out to me. It took one look for him to absolutely melt my heart!

Frazier is our third doggie adoption. I took in my first right out of college while she was living in a foster home. And the second followed me into our apartment more than three years ago. My husband and I both are thrilled to be able to open our home and hearts to our four-legged friends. Truly, they are a part of our family.

This frame of mind was something that came up when we first encountered obstacles trying to add a baby to the mix. We’ve had some conversations about what our next steps might be if the road comes to a dead end…IVF? Donors? Living childless? Adoption? Each choice has its ups and downs – but when we considered welcoming a baby without a family into our home – our eyes both lit up.

To my husband and I, there’s something about adoption that is attractive. We can’t help but feel accomplished helping a living thing in need. For every couple, this can be different. I am not saying this is what everyone should do…it just feels comfortable for us.

We’re not making any decisions at this point. Our talks are more along the lines of which options to rule out. We haven’t learned everything there is to learn about what adoption would take. But it’s something we’ll be taking a hard look at in the future.

Christine is an associate producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She, her husband and two dogs moved to the Triangle in 2006. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility.


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  • olive91988 Sep 4, 2010

    Consider the risk of adoption. That most adoptions of children (not newborns) can be equally distressing for both the adopted child and the adoptive parents. A large percentage of adopted children spend years in therapy due to reactive attachment disorder or are suffering from neglect or abuse. Even those adopted as young as 6 months likely suffer these problems later. Some have to be hospitalized over and over in mental hospitals and/or put into group homes due to severe behavior disorders that stemmed from their life before they came to know their adoptive parents. Giving a child a home that comes from a distressing situation will not solve their problem. More often than not, it is a lifelong issue to be dealt with by the child on into adulthood and the adoptive parents should ready themselves for a really wild ride that is lifelong.