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With the magistrate after the finalization!

It’s official!  Vincent the Magnificent has been loved by our family since before he was born, and now he legally shares our last name.  Husband, Z, and I couldn’t be happier to have this wonderful addition to our family.

Today, we celebrated Vincent’s first “gotcha day”, a term used in the adoption community referring to the day the adoption was legally recognized and sealed in the court.  (I know the term “gotcha day” gets mixed reviews within the adoption community, and I do see both sides, but know that I’m using the term in the way I believe it was intended – to be a celebration of life and love, not to diminish the importance of his birth family because they’re pretty amazing.)

Future judge?
Future judge?

The ceremony was short and sweet, but the magistrate personalized it to each of us.  He even let Z and Vincent use the gavel to make it official!

Sealing the deal!
Sealing the deal!

The magistrate included Z in the entire process, and it was definitely a celebration.  We answered a resounding “yes” when asked if we wanted to go through with the adoption, then we all pressed the official seal onto the legal document, took lots of pictures, and were able to celebrate!

Vincent is lucky to have 3 great grandparents who adore him!
Vincent is lucky to have 3 great grandparents who adore him!

We decided to have people over our house afterwards for dinner and celebration.  For a Monday, I’m pleasantly surprised at the number of people who showed up.  We truly have the BEST family and friends as our support system.  Several people who weren’t able to make it sent messages of congratulations and love to us which we so appreciated!

We had, by far, the largest amount of people there for finalization, and I'm grateful for each and every one of them!  Vincent is a loved little boy!!!
We had, by far, the largest amount of people there for finalization, and I’m grateful for each and every one of them! Vincent is a loved little boy!!!

Vincent didn’t even want to nap because I think he knew all of the people were here to see him.  He doesn’t ever want to miss anything, and his first gotcha day party was not to be missed!  (He ended up falling asleep around 6:00pm when he normally goes to bed at 8:00pm…here’s hoping he sleeps through the night and that Mommy’s not up at 3:00am!)

Vincent with Mommy's family - Gramps, Nonna, and Cool Uncle Chris
Vincent with Mommy’s family – Gramps, Nonna, and Cool Uncle Chris

Thank you to everyone who came over today.  Thank you to everyone who has supported our journey.  Thank you to our beautiful family and friends.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  We are incredibly blessed to have this beautiful baby boy as our son, and we are eternally grateful.

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