Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Adoption Day

The day we have been waiting for has finally come! We have officially adopted little Mr. A! I can't explain how nervous and excited we were that morning and the days leading up to his adoption! I just wanted it to be perfect for him and us and it was!

The adoption took place first thing in the morning, so of course, we were up early and still running late. Walking in to the court house I was a nervous wreck; most of our family was already there waiting and it was just so wonderful to walk through the doors and see our family and our case workers who have been on this journey with us. We sat in a waiting area until it was our turn and it was so fun to see Albert run from person to person giving hugs and just being his happy little self. He loves Superman right now, so I had told him that he was getting adopted just like Superman...he loved it and he told everybody!



In the state of AZ, we are not allowed to legally adopt as a couple, so the adoption was under Cassandra's name only. I knew going in that they would ask Cass questions, the judge would sign off and then the adoption would be completed. Well, when we got in the room our attorney told me that I can sit up in front with Cass and Albert, which made me very happy. The judge then asks us who we are and when I said "co-parent" she smiled and said "Albert's other mom." You have to understand that we didn't know who the judge was going to be or how it would be received that we are two women raising a child together, so her immediate warmth was unexpected and wonderful! The attorney asked Cass the questions, and then turned to me and asked me the same questions. Again, unexpected, but so very wonderful. The attorney included me in the entire process as if we were both legally adopting and the judge not only included me, but our  family as she asked them to introduce themselves and how they know Albert. The entire ceremony was even better than I could have imagined it. At the end of it all, we went up to take pictures with the judge and she gave Albert a medal because "Adopted kids are extra special." 




Afterwards we went to Albert's favorite spot, Peter Piper Pizza, to celebrate. Our whole entourage went with us and we had time to chat and hang out. We then went home to relax and nap before our BBQ that night. Cassandra's dad really out did himself this time, we had so much delicious food and I didn't have to raise a finger. Our friends who couldn't make it to the adoption came over to celebrate and of course Albert's buddies from next door came over to play. The day was wonderful and more than I could've asked for.



We are so blessed, by our little boy, but also by the people in our lives. We had so many people go out of their way to spend the day with us and it means more than they can imagine. 

I have to leave you with this last picture which was taken at the end of the night when Superman was tired...





26 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness--that little guy is CUTE! Congratulations on your adoption. I'm really happy for you two--and for your son who will grow up in a home where he is loved and wanted. What a nice gift you're giving to a human being. And speaking of nice...That was a really nice thing the judge did to include you in the process--maybe someday soon it will become common place. Happy SITS day to you.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! He is so precious to us! I was so touched by the judge and the attorney both, who made sure I was included. When the adoption was over I thanked the Judge and she gave me a sweet smile and said, "Hang in there, it's only a matter of time." I hope it's soon!

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  2. This post made me cry! Congrats! What a gorgeous family...he is so adorable!! Stopping by from SITS! I hope you have a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I hope you have great day too!

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  3. He cannot be any cuter. Congratulations!

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  4. What an adorable little guy! Adoption is so special to me. My BFF adopted a mentally handicapped and blind little girl from China. It's a struggle and a half, but oh so sweet! Happy SITS day!

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    1. I can't imagine what a struggle that must be, or how blessed she is by her little baby! Your BFF is amazing!

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  5. Your little guy is adorable! You have a beautiful family! Congrats on the adoption and all of the wonderful memories you will make from this day forward.

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  6. What a great way to start a family! Sounds like you really lucked out with that judge!

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  7. Such a wonderful story, congrats!
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

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  8. Congratulations! It sounds like little Albert has 2 wonderful mommies. I'm so glad the judge helped to make the adoption day such a special time for you! Wishing you happiness always - and Happy SITS day too!

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  9. Congratulations on your adoption! Sounds like Albert got really lucky with you two. I think it's great that the judge helped in the process too instead of being judgmental. Best of luck to you and happy SITS day!

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  10. Wow! What wonderful souls you are to be the blessing in this child's life. I can feel the love from my keyboard and am grateful for compassionate leaders.

    Best wishes and Happy SITS Day

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  11. Awww, poor little Superman at the end of the night :-) Great post! He is lucky to have you as his mom :-)

    Happy SITS day!

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't resist...I had to post that picture.

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  12. Congrats! Albert is so lucky to have two loving moms! He's adorable, btw.

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  13. He is seriously so CUTE!!!!! Congrats! :)

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  14. What a lucky little man! Beautiful family!

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  15. What a sweet little boy! Congratulations! Visiting from SITS.

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