This is my first post to version 2 of my blog, Mommy Shark! Mommy Shark was initiated in 2011 while I was going through the adoption process. Thank you to all the folks who read, commented and shared my blog with others. For my first post, there are two things to announce.
Mommy Shark, the book!
This week, I plan to launch a kickstarter to raise funding to pay for the services of my book editor and graphic designer as I finally release Mommy Shark in book form out to the world. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I have never asked others to fund one of my projects before and I just hope that I can get enough people behind me to make this happen.
I have been working on this book since before my son entered my life. First, it was a journal that I kept to share with my child as I journeyed into fertility. Then, it changed focus as I moved into adoption. People were asking too many questions on bad days so I created a blog as a way to let everyone know how I was doing and what was happening. That blog saved my sanity in many ways. Now, it's soon to be a book walking others through fertility, adoption and parenthood as a single person. My goal now is to reach back and support as many potential single parents as possible. It's a lonely road, but it does not have to be.
Happy Birth Mother's Day
It's fitting that my first post on the newest edition of Mommy Shark, the blog, start on Birth Mother's day. The Sunday before Mother's Day is Birth Mother's day. Typically this celebration consists of a card and photos with a loving note. My son's birth mother has broken contact with us after he reached one month in age. I know from adoption training that it is typical, but I hate that. I entered into open adoption because it meant that there were no mysteries for my son to solve about his existence. He would have a direct contact with the person who gave him life to ask questions. My fingers are crossed that she reads our card and gets inspired by his photos to reach out to us. I will never, ever give up on re-connecting with her.