I have to admit, my thoughts on adoption were limited until we adopted our daughter. My husband and I, after several years of trying to start our family, knew we wanted to adopt. However, I'm not sure you can fully know all that adoption entails before you're in it, which is why there are things you don't think about until you become an adoptive mom.
I know I didn't go through pregnancy or birth with my daughter, but because she joined our family when she was 3 days old, it often feels like I gave birth to her. My partner and I were able to have the experience of bringing her home from the hospital and being treated as a family of three from a very early point in our daughter's life. Still, my partner and I quickly started to realize that adoption is a thread that will weave its way through our family forever. Our daughter is ours, but she is not exactly the same as a biological child. Her circumstances are always going to be different.
There will be things the three of us will learn and face in the future that hasn't even crossed our collective minds now, because that's just the way adoption (and parenthood in general) works. However, and despite thee fact there's more to think about with adoption, I wouldn't change our situation for the world. None of the following things I didn't know I would eventually be thinking about could ever outweigh the wonder of having our daughter in our family.