Where Are My Pictures, Mommy?

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While there are many books on adoption and, separately, on pregnancy, there is not adequate coverage of the issues involved with siblings in a non-traditional family. This book explains the journey taken by one couple. It provides children with a positive example of sisters who embrace their unique beginnings and demonstrates how they accept the different ways they joined the family. Parents are encouraged to use this as a backdrop to discuss issues with their own children and as a fun and easy way to introduce a...
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Overview

While there are many books on adoption and, separately, on pregnancy, there is not adequate coverage of the issues involved with siblings in a non-traditional family. This book explains the journey taken by one couple. It provides children with a positive example of sisters who embrace their unique beginnings and demonstrates how they accept the different ways they joined the family. Parents are encouraged to use this as a backdrop to discuss issues with their own children and as a fun and easy way to introduce a complex and sometimes difficult-to-talk-about subject.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781449026721
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Pages: 36
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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Where Are My Pictures, Mommy?


By Mary Anne Amato

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2009 Mary Anne Amato
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4490-2672-1


Chapter One

Anli and Tehya were downstairs in their playroom looking at family photos.

Dozens of photographs were all over the floor.

"Bedtime!" Mom called out to them.

But, they were having too much fun looking at all the old photographs and didn't want to go to bed!

So, Mommy said they could look at one more photo album before they went upstairs to bed.

"Where are the pictures of me from China?" Tehya asked. She had found Anli's baby pictures from China and was pretending to look through a big pile of pictures for hers.

"Where are the pictures of me from the hospital?" Anli asked. She had found Tehya's baby pictures from the hospital and was pretending to look through a big pile of pictures for hers.

Mommy smiled. Anli and Tehya loved to ask these questions because Mommy answered them with their most favorite bedtime story -- how they all came to be a family.

So, Mommy gathered up the two girls in a big pink sleeping bag, dimmed the lights, turned on some background music and began to tell the story.

It all started when Daddy and Mommy decided they wanted a daughter to share their love with. You see, Mommy had Daddy to love and Daddy had Mommy to love and they both loved the dogs -- Roxanne and Dreyfus -- and even Misha the cat! But, theydidn't have a little girl to kiss and snuggle and spoil and giggle with!

So, they wrote a letter promising to love and cherish a little baby girl from China and asked if they would be allowed to be her parents. They filled out a lot of papers and then they waited.

The waiting was hard on Mommy and Daddy. They were excited, anxious, even a little scared. They didn't know what to expect!

They waited one month. Then two months.

Then three months. Then four months.

Then five months. Then six months.

Then seven months. Then eight months.

Then nine months.

THEN ...

... they received a letter in the mail letting them know that they could be Anli's parents!!! The letter even had a picture of Anli in it. Mommy and Daddy were so thrilled to hear the news that they stayed up all night staring at the picture and dreaming about the day they would pick her up.

They called everyone to tell them and e-mailed the little picture of Anli out to all their friends and family. They thought Anli was so beautiful that they cried when they saw her picture.

Mommy and Daddy packed their bags and took the first flight to Nanjing, China.

Mommy and Daddy waited in a hotel room to meet Anli. They were so excited they couldn't sit down. Then they heard a knock on the door. They opened it to find their nine-month old daughter held by the caregivers from her orphanage.

Anli was so small and her hair was cut very short. She was smiling, just as she did in the picture that Mommy and Daddy had in their wallets! She was absolutely beautiful. They were so happy to finally meet her!

Mommy and Daddy fell more in love with Anli the minute they saw her, even though they loved her all through the nine months they waited for her arrival.

Mommy stopped telling the story for a moment and looked down at Anli in the big pink sleeping bag. "Because of that very special way you joined our family, Anli, there are no baby pictures of you from the hospital!" Mommy explained.

"My turn, my turn, my turn!" Tehya said. "Please, Mommy, tell my part of the story!"

"Okay" said Mommy. And, she continued with the story.

About one year after Anli joined the family, Mommy and Daddy began to think about how wonderful it would be if they had two daughters to kiss and snuggle and spoil and giggle with!

And, just as they were about to write another letter promising to love and cherish another baby girl, something different happened. Mommy began to feel like she had the flu. So, Daddy took her to the doctor so she could feel better. But, the doctor said that Mommy wasn't sick at all ... she was expecting a baby!

And, Mommy and Daddy began to wait one more time.

The waiting was hard on Mommy and Daddy. They were excited, anxious, even a little scared. They didn't know what to expect!

They waited one month.

Then two months. Then three months.

Then four months. Then five months.

Then six months. Then seven months.

Then eight months.

Then nine months.

THEN ...

... on a day that Anli had a 102 degree fever and Roxanne had to go to the veterinarian to fix her broken leg.... Mommy told Daddy that it was time to go to the hospital! They were so excited! They packed their bags and hopped into the car and went to the hospital as fast as they could. It was raining very hard outside and it felt like it took two hours to get there, even though it only really took 22 minutes.

On the way, Daddy called our friends and family to let them know that Tehya would be coming soon. Everyone was on pins and needles!

Once they got to the hospital, the doctor made sure that Mommy was okay and left her with Daddy to wait until Tehya wanted join the world. After a few hours, the doctor said Tehya was ready and in only a few minutes, she was born!

She let out a big scream to let everyone know that she was here and Mommy and Daddy and the doctor and all the nurses laughed.

Tehya was so small and she had very little hair. She was absolutely beautiful. Mommy and Daddy were so happy to finally meet her that they cried as they held her in the delivery room.

Mommy and Daddy fell more in love with Tehya the minute they saw her, even though they loved her all through the nine months they waited for her arrival.

As Mommy came to the end of the story, she again looked down at Anli and Tehya in their big pink sleeping bag.

Their eyes were heavy and they were ready for sleep.

"Because of that very special way you joined our family, Tehya, there are no baby pictures of you from China!" Mommy said.

With that, she kissed them both goodnight and they were fast asleep.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Where Are My Pictures, Mommy? by Mary Anne Amato Copyright © 2009 by Mary Anne Amato. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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