The last time Ryan and I met with our adoption attorney she told us the waiting period for both birth parents was up, but not to celebrate yet because we had one final search that had to be performed with the birth father. We weren't concerned about the outcome of the search, but I've been keeping my eye on the mail these days....and I'm becoming quite appreciative of our mail man. He keeps delivering me very good mail.
Minutes ago I opened a letter from our attorney dated November 17:
"Enclosed is the Search Results statement I received from the Minnesota Father's Adoption Registry. This shows that no one came forward and filed with the Registry within the 30 days after birth required by law."
Here I am home alone. I can hardly keep from crying. My little man is sleeping in the other room and has no idea of the significance of this piece of paper I hold in my hand.
It means he is ours. The birth father did not come forward at any point to claim his rights.
Now it's time to C E L E B R A T E!