We got word that the court has all of our paperwork so finalization can proceed! July 1st, Silas River Peters will officially be named Silas River Peters and he will legally be our son, instead of the adoption agency’s.
Of course it doesn’t feel that way. The moment I saw him laying in that clear bassinet, under the bright lights, with all kinds of wires coming in and out, I knew he was mine. I had found the child I was looking for.
The whiteboard in his NICU cubicle read the name his birth parents had given him. The nurses told me that everyone there wanted to take him home. They all loved his hair. His nurses would fight to get him off of the feeding tube.
Here we are, almost a year later. We’ll be going to court on July 1st to change his name. We’ll walk out of there exactly the same way we walked in, as a real family.
So what are we most excited about? Well, the name change for sure. But also the paperwork. There is a constant flow of forms to fill out. All with the same information we filled out last time. There are monthly bills to pay to the adoption agency. With every bill we pay it feels like we are taking money away from Silas. With every form we fill out we are reminded that Silas isn’t his real name. We are so, so , so excited for that to all be finished!
Maybe we’ll appreciate it more because it’s been such a struggle. Maybe it will make us more compassionate. But i know right now, we are just THANKFUL. We’re thankful that his first family made good decisions for him. We’re thankful that the nurses loved him until we could get to him. We’re thankful for his precious smile and the fact that he fits in to our family perfectly.
And we are so, forever thankful for all of the people who took a risk in walking through this with us! People pray for him, ask about him, read his updates. People let me use their baby things. So many people visit him and kiss his squishy cheeks. People give us cash to pay his bills. Literally take money from something else they could be doing and give it to Silas instead. The incredible amount of love shown to all of us is completely overwhelming.
So , all that to say, let’s celebrate!
We’ll have an Adoption / First Birthday party for Silas on Saturday, July 17th. Text or email me if you’d like to come and I’ll send you the info. I don’t think I should post it here because this is not a private page. email@example.com
Thank you for being a part of this wild journey!