This is what we were doing one year ago today.
We have come a long way in one year. She is 7 pounds heavier and 4 1/2" taller. Her cheeks are rosy, her eyes are bright and inquisitive. She can drink from a straw and a cup, blow bubbles, run, jump, climb, catch a ball, speak in full sentences in a non-native language, and name all the people in her life when she sees them in pictures. But most of all she has learned to trust, to love, to feel a bit of security. I'm under no illusion that she is fully secure and attached, the end. Attachment, love, trust and security must continue to be cultivated in order to raise a confident child into adulthood. That goes for Kate just as much as for Lucy for that matter.
Today we celebrated Family Day by appearing in court bright and early for Lucy's re-adoption.
If you will allow a small bit of snarkiness on this special day....I think the whole re-adoption bit is a sham and yet another way for adoptive families to have more cash squeezed from their already drained bank accounts. Lucy was a U.S. citizen from the moment she left China. We ensured that by having both parents travel to get her so she could enter the U.S. on an IR3 visa. She has a certificate of citizenship and a social security number. What she cannot get is a US birth certificate...unless we pay a lawyer a large sum of money and appear before a judge for a 5 minute chat and some photos.
Right. On with Family Day. We arrived at Daley Plaza to meet with our lawyer to sign a few more pieces of paper. We were then summoned down to the sheriff's office so Lucy could receive her summons (her first and last summons we hope!).