I had the opportunity to present at the UAC Spring Conference last Wednesday. I was nervous about filling the hour and half time slot, but I am thrilled with the way it turned out and I would love to share parts of my presentation with you all.
Hi! I am Jessalynn! I placed 5.5 Years ago..and some change.
My favorite color is Yellow. I love food and trying new places to eat. I watch Food Network pretty much all the time. My celebrity crushes are Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon Leavitt, and Jennifer Lawrence. I have 2 kids (Mina 2) (Evan 8mo), 2 dogs(Bofur and Heisenberg), A sexy stud of a husband who supports me through thick in thin. I was in the Army for 5 years. I am a Mormon. I study photography and history. Last but not least, I LOVE Birth Mother Baskets!
Written by: Amanda Hadfield It seems like for most birth moms, birthday time is the biggest trigger for emotions. I know for me life will seem like it’s smooth sailing and then January hits and I’m in a sea of emotions that I thought I had overcome. I really don’t know why, I don’t prepare myself for it better. I know her birthday is in February, I know it’s going to come every year but I seem to let myself get swallowed up in it over and over again.
As an expectant mother, considering adoption, I had many worries about the hospital stay and delivery. This was my first pregnancy, so I had no idea what to expect or how to prepare. I did not want to attend the class my hospital provided for couples who were expecting their first child. I would have felt awkward attending this class alone and didn’t want to face the questions that I knew would arise. However, I wish I would have been more prepared.
Thrilled to introduce Alysia to our BMB team! We asked her a few questions about her placement and about her life now, to help our BMB followers get to know better. Also, check out Alysia's post with America Adopts here!
When I first started Birth Mother Baskets it was solely to deliver gift baskets to birth moms who had recently placed their babies for adoption. I started by calling local businesses from the yellow pages, asking for donations. I donated the baskets to local hospitals and agencies. It’s been almost 13 years since the first Birth Mother Basket was delivered.
After I placed my baby for adoption, I felt alone. I remember laying in my mom’s bed that first night without my little butterfly and thinking, ‘no one will ever understand what I’m going through.’ The emptiness and loneliness swallowed me up. I had no choice but to let it overtake me those first few days and even weeks. The grief I was feeling was like nothing I had ever experienced before, at the young age of 19.
I am so excited to welcome Amanda to our BMB team! We asked her a few questions about her placement and her life now, to help our BMB followers get to know her more.
Question: Tell us your adoption story in 600 words or less.
I remember my fears as an expectant parent and voicing those fears with my parents and friends. None of them really knew how to answer my questions. They did their best to calm my nerves and encouraged me to make the best possible decision that I felt at peace with.
I had the opportunity to meet Michael Shorstein at the Florida Adoption Council Conference in September. Since that time, he has been a great supporter of BMB. Michael Shorstein’s kind heart towards expectant parents and birth parents is what I admire the most.