Today we went to court to finalize Colin’s adoption. His adoption was really “final,” meaning that we were not in any danger of losing him, 30-days after he was born (the amount of time his birth father had to come forward since he did not sign consent). Today’s court appearance just made it official. Now that we have the court order, we will get Colin’s new birth certificate and apply for his social security number.
The hearing was short and sweet. There were three other families from our attorneys’ office who were finalizing too. We went up one family at a time, swore that we wanted to adopt our baby, that we would take care of our baby, and that we were financially able to provide for him.
After we testified, the judge said, “You’re the family that also has a 1 1/2-year-old and a 2 1/2-year-old at home, right?” Yes, that would be us. The crazy family. However, there was also a family there with a two-month-old and the wife appeared to be several months pregnant. I bet they will be crazy soon too.
This is us with the judge and Christian’s mom right after the hearing:
Mom, Dad, and Colin:
Colin on Mimi’s shoulder (look at those eyes!):
Worn out from the hearing and all of the photos, and ready to go home:
Colin and I leave for Florida tomorrow, adoption decree in hand!