***The non-social media filtered version (as my hubs calls it):
(or as @AndyStanley refers to, the following story is the stuff we don’t put on our “bookshelf” for everyone to see.) But, anyway, here it goes:
Our day prior to announcing our new son:
*Little man could not wait for early check out at school today; in his teacher’s words, “climbing out of his skin with excitement.” He screeched last night when he found the outfit he wanted to wear to court. (We were only at the outlets to look for a shirt for the big boys to match *little man’s already planned outfit.) He wanted to look really handsome.
The big boys couldn’t wait to check out of school either, but their excitement of their fancy clothes quickly melted away. Photo shoot pictures were as pictures usually are with kids… “stop touching each other, put your arms down, smile, stand up, if you look at the camera – we can be done,” etc. Our amazing neighbor friend somehow made them look perfect in our world of kid chaos. 🙂
A puppy walked past our photo shoot and *little man was obsessed, trying to convince us we need one (he LOVES dogs)- Brian tries and I consistently deny.
Done with pics- grumps:
The events as I remember: (but I may miss a few due to complete emotional overwhelm – ha!) We drove 1 1/2 hours to arrive early, get a snack, and then find out that the hearing may not happen. One piece of paperwork was not complete with the appropriate person’s signature on it. The judge’s clerk quickly helped get everything squared away and we finally entered the court room with both sets of grandparents, a set of great-grand parents, our lawyer, caseworker, and our handsome boys who were already tired of waiting.
Brian, *little man, and I sit at the table across from the judge, while *C$ and *minion take a seat at the table to the right, family behind all of us. Our lawyer begins talking and making introductions, and then the judge speaks to *little man, asking who all the people behind him were. Once she did this, it’s like it gave *little man approval to make this his show. 🙂 She told him she had been checking on him and he loudly stated, “you’ve been spying on me?!” She told him that she had not been spying but again stated that she had been checking in. She asked about school, in which he kept avoiding the question, by trying to give her a high-five, each time she asked the question. So, three or four high-fives later, he said, “ask her…” and pointed to me. (He was afraid since she had been “spying,” that maybe she knew about his unreasonable meltdowns, or 5’s on the 5- point scale, as we call them at home.)
Then she asked, “who are you pointing at?” And he replied, “weird.” That would be us, his new parents- weird! Then she said, “well, I bet you don’t call them ‘weird,’ what do you call them?” He loudly and proudly stated, “Daddy!”
Judge asked about his new name, and he didn’t want to say it because it was his “trouble” name as we jokingly call it at home. We had not used his middle name, ever, but he was subtly obsessing over having a middle name like big bros. Judge then asked, who’s trouble name was used the most at home, and all three pretty much jumped out of their seats to let her know that it was *minion.
*Little man made noise or talked the entire hearing.
*Minion grabbed the defense mic, turned it on, and said, “I’m guilty.” And Judge quickly told him that he should not practice saying that in a court room. He then proceeded to be the first person to “Floss” in the judge’s bench.
(These pictures are on Facebook, if you haven’t seen them yet, they are pretty funny.)
They all got to sit in Judge’s bench, hit the gavel and reluctantly took more pictures.
We made it through dinner with one hangry *minion, and finished a way too scary Redbox movie on the car ride home.
Difficult questions at bedtime about birth mom, foster family, and “real” mom, followed by tears, because ‘something was in his eye’ and he was ‘thirsty.’ I reassured him that it was okay to have sad feelings, but that he needed to go to sleep because we had a long, very special day.
*I am beyond shocked at the amazingly kind words you guys have posted on social media, but want you to know: we are just a normal family with our ups and downs, tears, and exhaustion. I am forever grateful for my husband, family, and friends who are in it with us! ♡ you all and am looking forward to the next months and years.