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?!"
Neighbors: "And it's a boy?"
Me: Well, no.
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.