Sometimes something will happen in the course of our normal day together that will immediately cause Chris and I to look at each other and simultaneously blurt out 'pro!'.
When we do this, it can be during a meal at a restaurant when our kids are sitting properly and engaging and one table over is a family of spider monkeys hopped up on mountain dew. Don't get me wrong, I'm not judging, I'm thankful. It's at that very moment when I think to myself 'thankful!'.
Or when we're traveling and our kids are keeping up while we expertly navigate the airport with our perfectly packed roller bags and get caught behind a family with two toddlers with a double stroller and all the accoutrements.
So with that background in mind, I (TIC) bring you the Top 10 Pros of Adopting Older Children. Here we go:
10: There is no need to wonder if you've packed enough diapers/wipes/snacks for the 3 minute drive to Target.
9: When trying to determine where to go for dinner, the restaurant that rhymes with 'Yucky Sneezes' never, ever gets a mention.
8: A trip to the zoo does not take 4 hours of prep work, three bottles, 6 bags of snacks, and a stroller.
7: Daycare costs are minimal if at all.
6: Guess who cleans their own room?
5: Four words: sleeping through the night.
4: The willingness to let mommy sleep in sometimes while they read or play quietly in their room.
3: Although not always properly, they always dress themselves.
2: I never fear turning my back and suddenly finding a ten pound bag of flour spread hither and yon across my living room.
And the number 1 pro of adopting older children? The absolute joy we all have in knowing we're a forever family.
Ok so that last one could be for all adoptive families.