About Me

headshotMy name is Allie Ferguson and I’m the adoptive mother of a beautiful African-American boy named Miles (who is the light of my life). Toddler-wrangling takes up most of my time these days, but on a good day I’m also a writer, runner, hiker, animal and nature lover, bookworm, conservationist, mildly crazy person, and film + digital photography enthusiast. On a bad day, I just try to keep the house from burning down.

I created this blog in 2013 and named it Adopting Charlie when my husband and I first started the adoption process (tied for the best decision we ever made, by the way).  At the time, we thought we would name our future adopted child Charlie, (hence Adopting Charlie) and called him that all the way up until we got the call that he was being born the next day 2,000 miles away. Miles–which turned out to be a much more fitting name–was born in Texas in April of 2015 about six months after our search for him became “official.”

photo-67When getting pregnant proved to be difficult–it just wasn’t happening–we made the choice to adopt rather than spend time and money on fertility treatments neither of us were comfortable with. We tried one round of IUI and it s-u-c-k-e-d. I just couldn’t wrap my head around forcing something to happen that maybe wasn’t supposed to happen when there are so many children that are already here that need loving families.

I have always thought that it would be amazing to adopt a child one day, but thanks to the many myths that abound about adoption, I thought that it would be exceedingly difficult (if not impossible) to do so. But then I did some research and we took a huge leap of faith. We had no idea what to expect when we embarked on our domestic infant adoption journey but it turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime–one that would lead us to the family we were always destined to have.

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11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi. I love your posts. My husband and I are in the waiting for the baby/just met birth mom phase. She, like your birth mom, had no prenatal care and her due date is wonky, somewhere between 11/9 and 11/28. Scary! Exciting! Thanks for sharing so much here.

  2. Kristin

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! It gives me such peace and hope as my husband and I start the adoption process.

    We live about an hour from Charlottesville and were wondering if you felt comfortable sharing who did your home study? There are so many to look into, and I’m overwhelmed! Any info/advice would be great!

  3. Hello! I stumbled across your blog a few days ago while looking for domestic adoption in NY information, and just finished reading all of your posts. I love them! My husband and I just switched to our second infertility doctor, after trying to conceive for a year on our own, four cycles of IVF, and 2 miscarriages. We have also just made the decision to adopt!! I feel like you have captured this whole experience perfectly. We are just in the beginning stages of adoption (Just making contacts for our home study), and have so many questions- your blog has answered many of them! I wanted to thank you, and I look forward to reading more about your journey!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy that you have found the blog helpful. And I’m so happy for you that you have moved past treatment and on to adoption. I remember clearly the peace I felt when we made that decision — best decision I have ever made, hands down! I wish you the best of luck in the process. It isn’t always easy, but boy is it worth it!

      1. Thank you! I am already so excited! We have our first meeting with our consultant this weekend, and I’m already starting to sort through pictures for our profile (getting a head start! Lol).

  4. Tim

    I’m so very proud of you Dear Niece. Love to you, Jamie and Miles! As you know, this is a subject I’m very much interested in.
    Uncle Tim

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