I'm sooooo excited!!!! We just got word that the judge waived our 6 month waiting period and we will finalize on the 7th!!!!! Can't wait!!! Any ideas on what it will be like or how to celebrate? Think I'm going to order Chloe an adoption shirt.
SO happy for you!
Our finalization was in a teensy room in the courthouse with friends/family (we crammed 22ppl in that little room...not including the judge, steno, and bailiff LOL!). The whole process took about 10mins...my bff and her son video-recorded it and took pics (she's a professional photographer). We came back home afterwards where more friends/family were waiting and celebrated with pizza . It was like a big b-day party and Devin loved it (he was 2.5) ! He even got presents and we got cards which I hadn't expected at all.
Every year we celebrate his adoption day with take out pizza (his favorite).
I can't tell you how thrilled I am for you! There's nothing quite like finalization...such a huge load is lifted the moment they become legally yours. All the fears, cares, and worries of months (maybe even years!) melt away . I cried and cried that night, lol ...it was such a relief!
So excited for you! My family did a gathering with family & close friends, like a baby shower. Mt MIL takes family close friends out to dinner and has everyone help decorate a platter or something from the paint-a-dream type place.
Thanks for the ideas! We're having brunch after court. That evening we'll go to Chuck E Cheese. I ordered a cake in the shape of a Z (for our last name) with each of our favorite colors in it and it says Welcome Chloe. I had custom m&ms made. I ordered her a shirt that says worth the wait and a travel pillow with her name (first and new middle). Ordered dh a tie clip with her initials and the date. We also got a gift to send the birth mom and for my BFF that orchestrated the adoption!
Here's her pillow! I love it! http://www.etsy.com/listing/12226575...key-travel-or?