By Nia Vardalos
I must give this book five stars! I kept hearing that I should read Instant Mom. For some reason, I hadn’t realized that she actually adopted from foster care- I thought maybe it was a domestic or international adoption. This book immediately sucked me in. Nia is such a fascinating person. I had no idea the lengths she had gone to to get her movie, My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, made. Nia is one stubborn, persistent lady and doesn’t give up!
She applied this same philosophy to getting pregnant- going through IVF treatments 13 times! She did this quietly and privately while continuing to work on her career. Eventually, she and her husband, Ian, looked into adoption. They ran into some “sketchy” agencies at first, but eventually ended up on the wait list for international adoption. Nothing was moving on that front when Nia finally found out about all the children available for adoption through foster care. She realized that this was going to be the quickest and easiest route to becoming a mother.
Nia and her husband were then matched with an almost 3 year old girl with blonde streaks in her hair (the same blonde streaks she had a dream about). They immediately want to take her home after meeting her but have to wait until they are approved. When they do take her home, there are definitely some challenges as she adjusts to her new home and new parents. I thought Nia was really straightforward and honest about the challenges. She also discussed her fears that the adoption wouldn’t go through, since you must foster the child for 6 months before making it official. Spoiler alert (not really)- there is a happy ending here. At the end of the book, Nia answers frequently asked questions about how to adopt.
All in all, this was one of my favorite memoirs. I thought Nia was a really fascinating person and very down-to-earth for being a celebrity. I also thought this book was extremely informative for those wanting to adopt through the foster care system. I would highly recommend it to prospective parents!