Our adoption started to become legal five days before this picture was taken!
Paul was born in late May. Three days later the birth mom signed the papers and we were on our way out of town waiting for the state papers to be filed, we needed those to take our son to our home state. The NY court signing a few months later was basically a formality, so we knew we had our son.
The above is a picture at Paul’s circumcision ceremony. Eight days after a male child’s birth is the suggested time for this to occur, so I had already contacted a “Moyel,” the Hebrew name for the man who performs this. He also happened to be a pediatrician, so I was already making sure all bases were covered!
My parents flew out to join our new family and witnessed this experience. Actually, my mom witnessed while Peter, my dad, and I all cried. I was 44, this had been a dream my entire life, to have a child and raise him in my faith.
I had been an Uncle for 15 years, and as much as I loved that role, I knew I wanted more. I did not want to hand the crying baby back, I wanted to know how to get that crying baby past the tears. I try to explain to my first nephew Adam: the minute I saw him, in the hospital, within 24 hours of his birth, I knew I had to be a dad.
I cannot imagine my life without my son. This has been the greatest journey of my life, after all, he is the most incredible kid! He is also a teenager, and a huge pain in the butt, but I have to be nice because we have a contract, whereby, I will live in his basement when I get old. We have been reviewing electric chairs, that will bring me up the basement stairs, for a while now! If you read between the lines you might notice that my husband is not mentioned. He has to make his own deal!
So, we celebrate National Adption Month every year, and I will repost the links to our adoption story, but be warned, many have told me that it brings them to tears. I started the blog to write the full adoption story, so I will always remember those details to be able to share with my son!
He had his Bar Mitzvah this past June. Another experience I thought I would never have, what a blessing!