The truth is, that the whole adoption process should prepare you for the post-placement period once you've bought your adopted child home. We knew it was going to be emotional at first, and we knew that our son would be upset and not happy in our home to start with. Luckily, we had received a lot of training throughout the process, so we felt well equipped and able to cope.
As newly adoptive parents, we were encouraged to live in a bubble for at least a month so that our son could get to know us better and learn to trust us as his caregivers. This meant that our personal lives were quite unsociable for a while. We spent a lot of time at home with our two children.
During the time when we were getting to know each other, building a relationship and attachment was rocky. It took a lot of time for our son to learn to trust us and recognise us mum, dad and big sister.
Truthfully, becoming a parent through adoption comes with so many highs and lows. Once we had found our son it was such a high, and I feel so privileged to be raising him.
It's an absolute honour to be his mum."