On Thursday we’ll dress up, gather the cameras and the grandparents, and head downtown for baby Kahuna’s adoption finalization. I know it’s a big deal, but it feels like more of a formality than anything. And an opportunity to write another check!! She’s been ours since the day we brought her home, in every which way we can think of. The lawyer told me on the phone that he’ll have to ask a few questions in front of the judge–have we been convicted of crimes involving children, and do we understand that from this moment on baby Kahuna has all the rights of a “natural” child. So if one of us dies, the other can’t nulify the adoption. I don’t think that should be an issue!
We haven’t told the birthfamily about this court date–I think they know that the adoption would be finalized before the end of the year. They waived all rights to notice of future legal proceedings, and their paperwork is done. I feel funny sharing the news with them. I know they won’t suddenly want to contest the adoption or anything, but we aren’t planning on mentioning anything til after the 1st.
Our first visit since the hospital is next Friday- so we may mention it in an offhanded way then.