In the birth parents' consent to relinquish their parental rights there is supposed to be a paragraph that states the birth parent also relinquishes the right to be notified of the hearing for finalization. If this isn't included in the consent then the birth parent must be notified of the hearing. The judge asked our attorney where in the consent he could find this relinquishment or if the birth parents had been notified of the hearing. Our attorney stated that the birthparents hadn't been informed of the hearing and that he did not know if/where the consent talked about their relinquishment to be notified. After court, our case worker looked through the paperwork and pointed out to the attorney that this relinquishment was included. That was a relief, because Kaylee's birth father is unreachable and I'm not sure how we would ever find him again. Unfortunately, this wasn't the only thing wrong with the paperwork. Our attorney had crossed out some of Kaylee's birth mother's consent. There is a portion of the paperwork that states the birthmother has the right to reverse her consent by contacting the attorney, the agency, or the court before the hearing. For some reason our attorney crossed out "the court". This opened up the possibility of Kaylee's adoption being contested in the future. The judge said he wanted to make sure there weren't any holes in our adoption before he approved the finalization.
On Monday Kaylee got her helmet. She has plagiocephaly (flat head), so Tim and I decided since our insurance would pay for it, we might as well get a helmet for her. (She'll probably appreciate it when she's 15.) She is not fond of the helmet. She has been working up to wearing it 23 hours a day. Yesterday was the first day that she was wearing it full time. Her head gets so hot and sweaty in it. I'm sure she'll be relieved to get back to cooler Alaska.
We have really enjoyed spending the last couple of months with family and friends. We are also excited to get back to Dillingham and move into our new apartment.