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Barely Legal

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The deed is finally done!  We had our second-parent adoption court date yesterday, and BAM, we are now a legal family in all fifty states and the good ol’ D of C.  Feels mighty good, I tell you what.
Between Sugar having to run home from the subway station to fetch her ID, my brilliant decision to take a different train downtown (forgetting how infrequently it comes and not knowing the elevators were broken at the downtown station), said train’s passing us without stopping after we waited for one hundred years, torrential rain, and all the joys of going through security with a stroller, a toddler, and all the accoutrements both collect, we thought we would be so late that they’d tell us we were out of luck, but somehow we weren’t quite that late after all.  The elevators were confusing, but the nice man at the desk where we had to leave our camera gave us directions and congratulated us; when we got upstairs, there were toys in the waiting room and the court clerk went down and retrieved our camera.  Thanks to her, we have this winning picture of me with half-popped collar — I am tough, but sensitive — and blinking with our lawyer:

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The Bean is chewing on a wooden block from the adoption office, a block likely encrusted in the spit of hundreds of fellow Brooklyn babies. Ah, tradition.

The Bean was an amazing sport about the whole thing, especially considering it was very much nap time. A lot of cookies were involved. Special thanks to the guys working security, who stood next to huge signs prohibiting food or drink in the court house, x-rayed our huge bag of Bean food, and only asked if the steel water bottles had hot liquid.

Afterwards, the Bean napped in his stroller while we walked to and through this phenomenal new park; when he woke up, we visited a playground and had a magnificent feast at Superfine, thanks to a sweet friend (and stupendous non-bio mom) who is a chef there.  After a postprandial return to the waterfront, we climbed back into Brooklyn Heights (that name is no joke, y’all) and rode the subway home, exhausted and happy.

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18 thoughts on “Barely Legal

  1. Congrats! And I am now physically restraining myself from eating the screen. Good thing it’s lunchtime! :)

  2. Congratulations! Wonderful news!

  3. So happy for you guys! Congratulations.

  4. Sniffle! What a beautiful family (love your conservative pearls…) and a beautiful day. Nice walking off into the not-sunset as Official Mother and Son photo, too. Many joyous congratulations to you all.

  5. HURRAH!

    On reading this I really totally threw my arms in the air and shouted YAAAAAAAY! and had to explain to H and he said ‘oh cool!’ and now I toast you (with rum and coke, because I am being classy at the Olympics this evening (it’s evening, here in Blighty, as I type)).

    You are the sweetest, loveliest family, and I am now very very happy, so thank you.

  6. Congrats! Not sure how it felt for you all, but rather than feeling demeaning and like a huge hassle we found the day to be pretty special and meaningful. I LOVE the pics of the three of you. The Bean just keeps getting cuter. Those curls are blondish? I’m a sucker for blonde babies with brown eyes. Love the lunch and the amazing park, too. I love all of it. Cheers to your family. :)

  7. YAY! Congratulations to your beautiful family!

  8. Congratulations lovely ladies! I am so so thrilled for you!

  9. Congrats! So happy for your family!

  10. Congrats!

  11. Congrats. love love love on the family photos

  12. Yay! Wonderful! Also, lovely to see you all!

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  13. congrats, it sounds like a perfect day! (and of course, im secretly thrilled to see that you waited as long as we did)

  14. Woohoo! There’s something kind of cool about getting the Official Stamp of Approval of one’s family (even when it sucks that we have to pay a zillion dollars for the privilege).

  15. Woo hoo! Congratulations!!!!!!!! :-)

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