We adopted him on Wednesday, with 30+ family and friends in attendance. It was fabulous. The judge did a wonderful job of including ALL my children in what was a special day for our family, and then we partied.
The funniest moment was that the lawyer had spelled his middle name incorrectly (Raphael/Rafael) and the judge was clearly prepared to delay things to change the paperwork when I announced “Nope, we’re good, we’ll take your spelling!” I wasn’t doing ANYTHING to make this take one minute longer.
It takes a little while to sink in, since he’s always been my baby, but now he’s my baby in a new way, and that can never change. And damn does it feel good.