Today it was made official....our family of 3 is now a family of 4. We arrived early at the district courthouse here in Moscow for our 10:30am court appointment. The court session lasted nearly 55 minutes with a 10 minute recess. Finally at approx 11:35am Moscow time (3:35am EDT) we heard the words we have been waiting for...."The court hereby grants the petitioners the legal adoption of Brayden Alexander Wyllie." ; however is was actually said in Russia and translated to us by our translator.
What a great day. We will be spending the day with Brayden tomorrow at the orphanage, and returning home to Massachusetts on Wednesday (Without him) to wait out the 10 day mandatory appeal process. In Russia, the official court decree is not issued until this 10 day period expires and the baby must remain in the orphanage throughout this process.
We will be returning to Moscow in 2 weeks (October 10th) to pick him up from the orphanage for the last time and to process his US citizenship here at the US embassy.
The three of us (Barry, Nancy, and Brayden) will be home for the final time on Saturday; October 17th to reunite with Ashton and to finally be a complete family of 4.
Above are the first released photos of Brayden Alexander Wyllie. Enjoy!