Cat Greenleaf Blogs: Paper Pregnant

Cat Greenleaf Blogs: Paper Pregnant

There are 25 comments on the WNBC New York story from Mar 31, 2008, titled Cat Greenleaf Blogs: Paper Pregnant. In it, WNBC New York reports that:

March 31, 2008 I've always wondered about the virtue of blogs - why people would want to spend tons of time reading the random musings of their fellow humans.

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wondering KATE

New York, NY

#1 Mar 31, 2008
cat - u are great and i appreciate your honesty... but i guess I didn't follow - why are u adopting if u can (it seems) biologically have your on children?? My husband and I are adopting but only because after YEARS of trying we couldnt conceive... I am sure we will love our adopted children as much as our own but walk me through your thinking?? why??? KATE
cat

New York, NY

#2 Apr 1, 2008
hi kate,
congratulations on your adoption plans!
your question is fair, and we get it a lot. my only answer is that once i learned that my sister was adopted, it seemed logical that i would adopt, too. it feels like a very natural way for me to build a family.
luckily, my husband is of the same mind.
if, down the road, we are inspired to try to have a biological child as well, then we'll do that. but for now, this feels right and makes sense to us.
good luck! cat
Brian

Clifton, NJ

#3 Apr 1, 2008
Cat,

I can tell you as an adoptive father (we adopted a georgeous little girl from China), it was the best choice my wife and I ever made. What I love about what you have done is that you are *choosing* adoption and that will make the process much easier for you. This is a journey and a roller coaster - enjoy it all!!!
Cupcake

United States

#4 Apr 1, 2008
Hello, I applaud you for adopting a child that is already here and in need of a home instead of adding to the population overgrowth. It is very, very responsible of you. Too bad more people are not like you!!!
Kelly

West Babylon, NY

#5 Apr 1, 2008
Congratulations. I understand exactly what you experienced at 4 because I experienced the same emotions at 8. That is when my aunt adopted my cousin and the first time I held her it was as if God touched my heart and said 'this is my plan for you'. God Bless you and your growing family.
Caren Sue

AOL

#6 Apr 1, 2008
I love the idea of ur blog and keeping everyone invovlved with the process. maybe others will consider adoption once they hear ur success story. I am here for u along the way. I am so happy "we" have started"
I know u will do great.

"Aunt" Caren Sue Peet
Rachel W B

New York, NY

#7 Apr 1, 2008
You are a rockstar, and such an amazing woman Cat. Thanks for chronicling your experience and enlightening all of us.
Cindy

Newark, NJ

#8 Apr 1, 2008
I can't wait to keep reading. I am planning to adopt as well and can't wait to see how this process goes for you!
Linda

Bergen, NY

#9 Apr 2, 2008
Congratulations and the best always .. please do keep us posted
Nancy

Avon, CT

#10 Apr 2, 2008
Hi Cat!
As one of your first friends from childhood (my mom sent me this link!) I want to wish you both the best! I too can't wait to keep reading and hope all goes well during this exciting journey!
Cathy K

New York, NY

#11 Apr 3, 2008
Good Luck to you.

If you ever need any help or support, let me know.

I have never adopted. I gave birth to my beautiful daughters, but I will gladly assist you -- even if you just want a sounding board! Good Luck!
Julie

Lansdowne, PA

#12 Apr 9, 2008
Hi Cat,
I just started reading your blog, and I am truly thrilled for you. I,(being an adoptee,) love hearing adoption stories. My husband and I have 4 biological children, but it has always been my heart's desire to adopt as well. In fact, we too, started looking into adoption before having our own children without difficulties...so I can thoroughly relate. I'm looking forward to further posts with great anticipation. Best wishes.
Joanne

Bensalem, PA

#13 Apr 13, 2008
You o girl...I think you will be a terriffic mom, be it to an adopted child or one you give birth to biologically. I believe everything was meant to be for a reason. If a child comes to you by adoption or biologically, it doesn't matter. You and your husband will me mommy and daddy, and that is all any child ever needs. Good luck!
Janice

Flushing, NY

#14 Apr 14, 2008
Hi Cat
I appreciate how you express your true feelings and emotions. We are in the process of adoption, we have a birthmother who is due mid-May. Having no children why does it matter boy or girl. Healthy 10-fingers, 10-toes and all that good stuff is what matters most! We don't know the sex of the baby and that is just adding to the excitement. I enjoy reading your blog and voicing what it takes to go through the "process". We are nearing the finish line-fingers crossed, cautiously optomisitic and enjoyoing every minute. I hope you and your husband get a quick certification and can start advertising. It's an amazing journey that takes you through all walks of life. Good Luck...
Janice

Flushing, NY

#15 Apr 14, 2008
Hi Cat
I appreciate how you express your true feelings and emotions. We are in the process of adoption, we have a birthmother who is due mid-May. Having no children why does it matter boy or girl. Healthy 10-fingers, 10-toes and all that good stuff is what matters most! We don't know the sex of the baby and that is just adding to the excitement. I enjoy reading your blog and voicing what it takes to go through the "process". We are nearing the finish line-fingers crossed, cautiously optomisitic and enjoyoing every minute. I hope you and your husband get a quick certification and can start advertising. It's an amazing journey that takes you through all walks of life. Good Luck...
Luckana

New York, NY

#16 Apr 15, 2008
I have a boy and a girl and I truly think it's a blessing to have either one or both of the same sexes. As my son was a baby, he was always laid back and pretty much a text book baby. Breast fed every 2 hours and rarely cries with no major medical problems. It was so easy to have him that we decided to have another baby to play with him. 16 months later gave birth to my daughter and she was totally different from my son. She was more voiced, cries and wants to be held most of the time. She was not a regular eater and that changed when she had her teeth. She eats anything and everything. My son on the other hand, eats light and enough to not feel the hunger pain. They are definitely different in many ways but the love they have for each other makes my heart happy. Whether you have a boy or a girl, they are going to be different from each other just give them lots of love and don't be afraid break the traditional rule of nurturing and raising your child. They only stay small for a short period of time and that's when you should take every minute to spend with them.
Nancy B

Neptune, NJ

#17 Apr 17, 2008
When my son, Pete, was 3 1/2, Emily was born. If I thought having a first child made the second one even remotely predictable, forget it! Most of the differences are gender-related, although, some have turned out to be their completely distinct personalities.

Pete would only fall asleep if he was lying on top of me or my husband. Generally his naps would last about twenty minutes and if he woke up when I was out of his sight all hell would break loose. When he was hungry he cried as if he would die, and sucked his bottle down in about a minute flat.

Emily refused to drop off to sleep unless she was in her pretty, ruffly bassinet, which was purchased for Pete and we basically used it to take his picture in. The first thing she focused her big blue eyes on was her gorgeous blonde big brother, the second, the white ruffle on the bassinet bumper, which she grasped firmly in one hand and refused to let to...beginning a life-long relationship with an endless stream of pretty things. She drank her bottle slowly, as if sipping tea, and her little finger was always turned out in a ladylike way.

Pete was empathetic and generous from the time he opened his eyes, Emily was enchanted with the mirror and full of song and dance. The best way I can sum up their differences is a chat we all had in the car when they were 8 and 5.

Pete was involved an endless series of questions about whether there was one God for all the different solar systems or not. Finally Emily, who was tired of not getting to speak up, asked the one important question that was on her mind. "Mommy, do you think my red coat with the black velvet collar and buttons will fit me again this winter?

Boys and girls or very different little brains...perhaps, a bit of both! It's a wonderful ride, and having one of each is the best thing that ever happened to me...and each of them was an in-vitro miracle, after I was 40!
Brian

East Brunswick, NJ

#18 Apr 21, 2008
After going through the experience I know my wife went through vicarious food issues. She would frequently say that she was eating for two and would crave different things. All part of the fun of paper pregnancy.:-)

I love that you are willing to share your experiences!!

Brian
Leigh

Rockaway, NJ

#19 Apr 24, 2008
Cat- Good luck on the adoption. We too could have had chiuldren, and chose to adopt. It is a bit bizarre not knowing when you'll be a mom unlike w/ a pregnancy. People will also say things about you not having to suffer through pain of child birth. Let me tell you~ 2 hour security check, and 9 hrs of transatlantic, middle seat airplane time with a 2 & 4 yr old was no walk in the park! God bless, and remember thru the whole process, delays, set backs or paperwork snags that God gives you the child you're meant to have. Sometimes He needs a few extra days to do it.
Michael Biondi

Bronx, NY

#20 Apr 26, 2008
Hi, I'm Mike. I am an adopted child. I am from the counry, Paraguay, in South America. I am currently 15 years old and I a truly enjoying life each day with my bro, who is also adopted from Romania.His name is Matt. I recently wrote a report pertaining to your blog...here it is.
Special Deliveries
. Moments like these are memories that stick with us forever!
The ARRIVAL, I was home at last. Was this journey over, was the one question that ran through my mind. I thought it was, but it was truly just the beginning of a new life, a new world. I was settled with the greatest parents anyone could ask for. I truly wondered if I would ever return to Paraguay, but you know, life in the United States was not bad at all. A new world, a new lifestyle, one of the most extraordinary trips I have ever been a part of.
-good luck with everything.

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