Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's Official!

So this is what we came home to a few Thursdays ago. The Broads had decorated our house with wonderful "It's a Boy" balloons and noisemakers. It was VERY fun to come home to!

Here is how conversations with the neighbors went. (It all made me realize that while I really love having a bunch of stay at home Dads on my street, we just don't spend much of our conversation time talking about personal stuff.)

Neighbors: "Did you have a baby?"

Me: Um, no. (Really??Did they think I could hide that for nine months?) But I'm pregnant.

Neighbors: "You are?!"

Me: yeah.

Neighbors: "And it's a boy?"

Me: Well, no.

Neighbors: "....oh."

Me: We finalized the adoption today!

Neighbors: "oh. Well, that's nice too, I guess."

Introducing the latest addition to the Smith family:

Warren Logan Smith!

This is a picture with him and the woman who has been his caseworker for the last several years. We like her a lot. And are sort of sad she won't be around anymore.

This is the whole new and improved Smith family with the FABULOUS judge. He's showing us the notepad that he doodled caricatures on while we were having our hearing:

When Caleb first met the judge, he asked him to bang his gavel and say "Order in the court!" The judge looked a little worried and said, "Um. I don't think I actually have a gavel." Caleb was not amused. Seeing that the judge was about to lose a five year old fan before the hearing even started, he walked all around the chambers looking for a spare gavel. (The idea amused me. Like people keep extras in their desk?) He finally came back in the room and said, "Well, I couldn't find a gavel, but I did find this." And he proceeded to pull out a tape measure and bang it on the desk. The gravity of the statement was sort of lost on the fact that every time he banged it on the desk, the tape actually flew out a few inches. He was a great judge, though, and helped to make the experience very positive.

We are very happy that Warren has chosen to become a part of our family and feel fortunate that we were all able to enjoy this day with him.


Tricia said...

I love that your friends did that.

And, I love Warren's name. :)

hi, i'm nancy! said...

forgive me, but i'm getting confused. is warren another adopted child or the same one that you adopted not that long ago? and, you ARE pregnant, right? like i said, i'm getting confused!

Lara Mackelberry said...

What a great idea! So glad it is official!

Jen said...

That's exciting. I love how he looks so natural in the family already. I think it's the hair. :) I'm excited to meet him someday.

Emilia said...

Nancy- Same kid, different name. He had to be in the home more than six months before it could be legalized. And yes, I am pregnant. It's just that the neighbors didn't know that or that we were finalizing the adoption, so they were very confused about the balloons.

Heather Snediker-Morscheck said...

Wow, your friends must really love you. Lucky girl.

Anne Marie said...

So happy that it's official! Congratulations! I love the dialogue with the neighbors.

Marcia Mickelson said...

Congratulations! That is fabulous news.

Julianne said...

I just popped over here and it looks like you guys have some major life events happening! Congrats on the pregnancy (a girl, woohoo!), and yeah for Warren! I don't know anything about the story, but if yous ay he's part of the family, then I like him!

Raquel Thomas said...

Congratulations, I'm so happy that it's official!

ML said...

To the best of my knowledge, nobody decorated my parents' house with balloons when my adoption was finalized. Of course, I'm not entirely sure balloons had been invented at that point.

Congratulations Warren!