December 18, 2009

Social Worker Visit and Finalization Date

We have another visit with our social worker today but this time in her office. Hooray! My house is a disaster and I won't have time to clean it until tomorrow. It's just another post-placement visit. It will be fun to bring Nora into the office.

It was so hard to imagine during the process that we'd ever be doing that. When you sit in that conference room for your orientation classes it's nearly impossible to imagine that you'll ever be in that space with a baby but here we are almost exactly two years later from our first orientation.

We're definitely nearing the end of the adoption process. We have one more education class and we just received our finalization date. On April 14 Nora will legally be our daughter. It's fun to have that date in mind. I'm going to borrow from my brother-in-law's family as they call his finalization day his "Love Day". I love this term so much more than "Gotcha Day" (sounds aggressive) so I'm going to officially appropriate it on April 14. I've been thinking a lot about how to celebrate this day each year. I think we're going to make it a family day. I don't want it to become another birthday. I'd like it to be more of a day for family experiences/fun. I was really hoping that it would be on my birthday (6 months to the day after her birth) but it's a few weeks after and that is okay with me. More days to celebrate are never a bad thing.


  1. How exciting!! I have never heard the term "love day" before, but it does have a nice ring to it! And much better than "tax day" on the 15th :)

  2. We took J with us to pay his placement fee and it was very emotional to see him there and have the staff coo over him!

  3. I agree that Love Day has a nicer ring to it. That's so exciting that you are closer to the end of the adoption process. So happy to hear that you got a date! Yay for SW visits in her office! Nothing better than when you don't HAVE to clean...

  4. Congratz on your Love Day set. Great name.
    The first time we took Isabel to the agency was such a great feeling. We still go back and it so much fun. They love seeing her.

  5. What a lovely blog all the way around! Leslie told me that you blogged, but then we both forgot to get the url. Yay for you and Nora!

  6. How very awesome to finally have a date for your finalization, it will be here before you know it!

    I know what you mean about not being able to picture yourself in the same spot with a baby at your initial intake visit. Our process from initial appointment to sitting there with Charlie was also almost exactly two years, how funny!

    I'm so happy for you that all is going is an amazing experience once all is said and done and you are officially official!