Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Adoptive Families readers share their best advice for getting through the wait, and what they would have done differently.

Getting through the wait can be difficult at times.
Tom Petty was right — the waiting is the hardest part. After my husband, Mike, and I decided to adopt our daughter, Katie, from China, there was a flurry of activity: completing paperwork, preparing for the homestudy, paying fees. Then, all of a sudden, there was nothing left to do except sit and wait…and wait…and wait. Now that Katie is home and snug in her crib, I wonder what I could have done differently. Maybe I would have planned a ...

In hindsight, these veteran adoptive moms would have done some things differently during the wait — but not others.

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