tion plan was a life-changing event for
you. Don't be hard on yourself: it is
not realistic to expect everything to go
back to the way it used to be. You have
changed from this experience. Acknowl-
edging that this was the right decision
help you heal and move on. Right now,
you are still in the post-pregnancy hor-
mone adjustment stage. It is difficult to
look at anything with too much clarity,
but this will get better. For right now,
you will benefit most from concentrat-
ing on letting your body heal itself from
the pregnancy and birth. Here are some
tips to help you relax and take care of
yourself during this time:
gaining your shape after birth.
from guidance counselors at your col-
lege or school. Having future plans
helps you look forward.
justment period is to write to your child.
Get a journal specifically for talking to
them. You don't have to actually send
it, just keep it for yourself; later if you
ever meet when she is older you can ask
her if she would like to have it. When
you are thinking about your child, write
to her. Write about the feelings you are
care of your own issues as well. You can
talk things out with her; ask her how she
likes her family. Explain why you felt
this was the best life for both of you.
In a journal to your child, you can say
all the things you wish you could say to
her. It will help you find your own peace
with your adoption decision and your
happiness for the life you and your child
are about to embark on. The future can
be bright and full of hope.