Some of you have asked about Piney's Adoption Life Book. I can offer some suggestions- based on what I did- but there are no hard and fast rules.
How To Make Your Adoption Life Book
1. Purchase a large 3 ring binder 2.5 or 3 in.
2. Purchase card stock in the colors you choose. You will be taping your photos to the card stock
3. Purchase plastic sheet protectors. You will cover your photo pages with these and put them in your binder.
4. Start with your child's birth photo and birth record (certificate)- and whatever information you have. We only had a blurry photo copy of her birth photo- use whatever you have. If you don't have anything- draw a picture and write in a general happy birth story.
5. Next page is any information about your child's bio parents esp. something about why they put your child up for adoption (make it up if you don't know- your best guess)
6. Anything about the child's life at the hospital or orphanage (the name of it/ pictures)
7. Next is about you and your family and why you wanted to adopt (pics, information)
6. Next is your adoption story with pics
7. Pictures of the first year home- or as long as you want- in chronological order with accompanying descriptive text.
I hope that helps!
You can also add cute things your child does or says. You think you will always remember, but you won't!
Piney has a lot of good material here. We often have funny conversations such as the following:
Piney: Mommy, Santa Claus hit me AGAIN! Right in my tummy mommy like this (demonstrates a really strong hit to her stomach)
Me: Did you tell him to stop.
Piney: Yeah. (she turns around and speaks to the air) NO NO SANTA CLAUS STOP RIGHT NOW!!!
Me: You feel better now.
Piney: Yeah. I'm all beter now.
Me: Oh good.
Me: Piney don't get into the peanut butter please.
Piney: My mommy said I CAN get the peanut butter.
Me: I am your mommy Piney.
Piney: Oh yea.
Mom: Piney, I know you think you are in charge, but mommy and daddy are in charge. When we say not to do something than you need to listen. We are the parents and you are the child. Do you understand?
Piney: I'm NOT a child! Mommy I'm NOT! I'm NOT a child. I'm a BOY!
Mom: You are a girl honey. (Trying to make her feel a connection to me) You and I are both girls. It's fun to be a girl.
Piney: NOOOOOOOO!!!!! (Falls to the floor hiding her face)
Me: (Blinking in bewilderment)
Any other suggestions on what to include in a Life Book?
Labels: bonding activities with your adopted child