1."I don't know how parents who don't have this luxury are able to take their very small children to a daycare right away."
2."My conversation with my new boss went something like, 'I know when you hired me you didn't think I would get pregnant, but my husband and I have been matched for adoption and instead of 9 months, the baby's due date is in three months.'"
3."We had a rough adjustment period with Gage and I ended up taking an additional 4 weeks of unpaid leave. We utilized a portion of our savings to cover the last 10 weeks financially."
4."My partner and I come from traditional families, so we spent a lot of time simply learning how to care for a child — the basics like cleaning, changing a diaper."
5."Only two weeks was allowed for an adoption."
6."I know that we are one of the very few LGBT couples who have been able to adopt with such ease and I wish that wasn't the case."
7."Getting only 25% of my salary was an adjustment, but the time I was able to spend with my son and bond was priceless."
8."Most people can't go without pay for so long. I don't know what we would have done if we didn't have that time."
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