Our Practically Perfect Baby: How Adoption Changed Our Lives
by Stephen S. Campbell
illus. by BNP Design Studios
Independently published, 2020.
27 p. : col. ill. ; cm.
Summary: Adoption is one of many topics that for some can be an uncomfortable conversation to have with anyone, especially their own child. Adoption should not be a forbidden, scary, or difficult word for anyone to use. Adoption should be an ordinary topic used in conversation, and not whispered in secret. The earlier children understand what adoption is, the less emotionally complex the comprehension of adoption becomes. When the question does originate, the easier it will be to process. Not to mention having one more reason to tell your child how practically perfect they are. In hopes of making those awkward conversations a little more comfortable for everyone, I have written a series of children’s books, "How Adoption has Changed Our Lives - The Stories of MyDosDads.” The first book in the MyDosDads series titled, "Our Practically Perfect Baby" told from the point-of-view of two new dads who adopt a little girl. They tell you why she is practically perfect, how adoption changed their lives and why adoption matters. During this joyous journey of raising our little girl, we learn more everyday how lucky and honored we are to have Bella in our "modern family." We are a biracial, bilingual, and a two-dad household. Bella’s best friend and idol is our nephew. He is six and on the Autism spectrum. Bella imitates everything he does as if she is his shadow and he protects her while he reenacts his favorite animals and TV characters. Join Bella as she tells you her stories about about her journeys and adventures from her point of view, as she experiences life and learns more from her 'dos' dads. Having two dads, potty training, understanding autism, bath time, why her favorite color is rainbow, why she loves the zoo, and so much more. Color. Race. Ethnicity. Straight. Gay. Wealth. These words should never cause someone not to have the honor of providing a child a life of love and hope. Every boy and girl in the world should have a home in which they feel safe, and a family who loves them unconditionally. Adoption requires LOVE, not DNA.