My sister was adopted. She’s from Soul, South Korea! We got here (hehe like a present or something :-P) when she was 15 months old. I was in the 5th grade at the time. She is now 14 (will be 15 in october) and is learning to be an only child for the first time. My brother is almost 22 and living on his own in Virginia while my parents have moved to Texas to be closer to me and their first grandson!
We were always upfront with Caiti about being adopted. They would tell her she was the most beautiful adopted baby a mother could have. My parents decided to adopt after meeting a family who had 2 children of their own and adopted 2 more. My mom didn’t have fertility issues, it was just a personal choice.
It has taught me a lot to have an adopted sister. Back when I was going through all the doctors and surgeries b/c of my endometriosis, they told me I might not be able to have children of my own. So I felt having an adopted sister showed me that even a child might not be biologically yours, you can still love it as if it was. Thus far my hubby and I have had one healthy son ( almost 21 months) and hope one day to have another. But if not, we are both very open to adoption and I truly feel that’s why God put my sister where she is today!
Just an idea, you could get everyone to bring their favorite story booksand sign them so that the family could have a nice collection of story books for the new baby. We did that for a friend for her baby shower and she LOVED all the books and the beautiful notes written inside it!