Back story: My wife and I started trying to have a baby in our early 30's. After three fruitless years we went to a fertility clinic, and did five rounds of IUI and then two rounds of IVF. The main complicating factor is her low egg reserves, which confounds the fertility drugs to the point where the doctors don't think that the cost-benefit argument makes much sense for us to try any further. Our last failed IVF was confirmed this Monday.... we knew going into this one that it was our last try.
So with this chapter behind us we still want to be parents - I'm the oldest of 6 kids, and having children is something that I've always wanted, and she's on board too. We were always targeting 3, but at this point even 1 would be a blessing. Miracles aside, our only alternative seems like adoption.
I know that rules and regulations vary heavily depending on what country/region you live in (in my case - Ontario, Canada) so I'm not really looking for specifics.... I was just hoping that there were some parents out there who have adopted before who could point out some common pitfalls and give me any advice that they wish they'd have heard when they were just starting into their adoption journey.
Thanks so much.