Being a protective, joyful mother - a perfect segue into the adoption of our little Laela Jade Christine. It was *SO* incredibly uneventful. It wasn't even a real judge! It was a subordinate judge that was given power this week because the "real" judge was on vacation or something. It was pretty funny. He asked everybody to introduce themselves (Grandpa, Grandma, Elba, Hector, Shaye, and Naia). Caroline and I never did sit down. In fact, we just sauntered up to the bench and signed all the court docs right there on his "desk" (his bench? You know, the place where the judge sits.) Then he said something like, "I now declare that Laela Jade Christine is yours forever from this day forth just as if she were born to you" or something like that. It almost felt like we got married!! It was awesome to hear those words and have it be all legal and official. I didn't cry (ok, a teeny little tear formed in my eye), but I was so over the moon happy to have this behind us. She is ours forever, but she has been ours since she was a 6 week old fetus growing in Lisa's belly and we found out about her. My little Baby January is now home safely FOREVER with her Mama and Mommy and two loving sisters. Those months of not knowing what would happen to her wondering if birthdad would fight us for her after having her in our home for months were terrifying. But tonight, I can go to sleep looking at my little love knowing that she is *MY* daughter and nobody will ever be able to take that away from me.
And Caroline and I are celebrating tonight with our $110 bottle of Silver Oak wine (which is very yummy, but I'm just as happy with the $12 bottle of Jacob's Creek). We are so thankful and lucky to have these children. I can't imagine ever becoming a mom any other way. Thank you 4 years of unsuccessful IVF and to the universe for guiding us to our children. Thank you Sacramento County foster/adoptions for making my deepest wishes come true!
If my camera will cooperate, I'll post some pics later.