Sierra - Aug 10, 2007

It’s been exactly one year since I wrote a post about my worries of losing Sierra to her biological mother. I’m happy to say that my fears never came to light. In fact, in some respects, it’s been the complete opposite: we’re adopting Sierra, and her mother hasn’t been heard from since that fateful court appearance.

Becoming a parent - an adoptive and biological parent - is finally starting to kick in. As the due date for our new baby comes closer, in addition to the date (still undetermined) for Sierra’s adoption ceremony, the words “daddy” and “mommy” are becoming more common, yet are still a bit unfamiliar. Sierra is becoming more confident in calling us by our respective parental identities, but one area that Christina and I need to work on is referring to each other by the same.

One of the goals I set for myself this summer was to get Sierra to read a book, without help, before she starts 1st grade on Sept 4th. She’s not quite at the level where she can read a book completely by herself yet, but I’m pretty sure that we’ll be able to get her there by the time school starts.

It’s funny to think that we’ve had Sierra for a year and a half. In some ways it seems like she just came to live with us; in other ways it feels like she’s been with us all along.


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