Paths To Motherhood: Adoption Success & Heartbreak

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy
8:30 am
09/20/16

Photographed by Rebecca Caridad

Knowing that not all families are started the super traditional way (i.e. girl gets pregnant with ease, pops out baby), we bring you our column Paths To Motherhood, highlighting women who have taken a less-than-typical route to becoming a mother. Today we bring you the touching story of Colorado mama Maria Confer and her adorable three-year-old son Xavi who was successfully adopted at birth, and the immense battle that has come along with trying to adopt baby number two.

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5 comments

L.A.

Thank you for sharing! Adoption is definitely its own kind of labor, and so very worth it. I couldn’t be more blessed. xo

katie

While the adoption process between Canada and the US are slightly different, I can relate on every point of this story and was so happy to have read it. Thank you for sharing. We’ve adopted two babies, and experienced many heartbreaking moments along the way. Such a brave and beautiful story to share, Maria. xoxox

Claire

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. As an adoptive mother of one I felt very close to this story. Our family’ took a similar path, and while we had some very challenging years during our journey to our adoption, it was ultimately an extraordinary experience that has changed/bettered my life more than I could’ve imagined.

My heart swelled reading this. The photos were just as lovely.

JULIE

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY AND I’M SO GLAD YOU FEATURED A FAMILY FORMED THROUGH ADOPTION. OUR STORY IS VERY SIMILAR AND WE HAVE 3 AMAZING CHILDREN THROUGH ADOPTION. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

Kait

While I’m not a mother yet, this story had me in tears…this woman and her husband’s strength are incredible. I just want to give her a big hug. LOVE this new column.

Bryony

Maria, Your little boy is darling, and so lucky to have your loving mothering. I followed along with my heart in my throat, too (like the other readers, below). What a roller coaster. May your family grow in happiness and peace as your little one gets bigger.

I agree with your other reader about this new column–I love it. For as blissed out and escapist your gorgeous blog is, I LOVE that you are offering up frank, heart felt stories of mothers who are not famous, who have complex stories underneath a surface that looks ideal.

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