The adoption is final!!
Even though this is a BIG day in our family, it still doesn't change much. From the day he moved in our home last summer, we considered him part of our family. Now we just have the paperwork to prove that!
It may seem funny or odd to the rest of you but there are two things that make me most happy now that it's official:
- No more paperwork!! We had to fill out a daily grid that tracked his behavior and experiences relating to his goals. We filled out daily paperwork for his medication. We filled out a monthly list of contacts. We filled out a monthly list of doctors or therapist visits, activities we took him on (at least 3 were required each month for the type of care he's in), and the date we had a fire drill. I understand why we had to do this, but it was still annoying to keep up with.
- More freedom!! Only our approved support people could be with him without my husband or I present. Our wonderful neighbors agreed to be support people (they didn't know what they got themselves into!) as well as my parents. I can't imagine getting through this process without having those support people! Now that we have more freedom, I can leave him with friends of our family too and that's a HUGE help!
We had already planned on having take out for dinner tonight, so we are adding a special candy treat to that and having a small celebration! A friend of mine is going to make us a special cake next week. He also gets his traditional Friday bubble bath tonight, he can play Wii and on his IPod and can stay up just a little bit late as a special time to mark this special day.
So, now we are officially a family of FIVE! Sure, we've lived like this for almost 9 months, but there's something a little different today.