Civil Affairs Office Meeting Daddy
First Family Picture!!
She was all smiles in the Civil Affairs office when we first met her...I don't think she fully comprehended what it all meant. As we took her to dinner that night..she ate more than an entire professional football team!!! Literally..I am not exaggerating!! Okay, only maybe a little bit. But she was very withdrawn and in the coming days she would grieve hard! It isn't all roses and smiles...but it is a beautiful road to walk with a child.
First Family Picture!!
I cannot believe it was exactly one year ago that we were in China having our first family photo taken for our paperwork. I have this little dress hanging in the back of her closet to remember the little dress that she came in for 'Gotcha Day' or Family Day! It has been an amazing journey that has completely changed my life...some days have been incredibly hard, others have been filled with joy and laughter.
It is has been amazing to watch this little girl transform over the last year. When we had her in China she would rock back and forth flick her fingernails in her ear and cry if she had to leave her bed for any reason. She would cry Shui Jiao everytime we went somewhere...meaning she wanted to 'sleep' or go back to her bed.
She no longer rocks back and forth at all....she only cries if she gets hurt or if someone tries to make her do something she doesn't want to do...like open a door as horrible of a thing as that is ;-)
Her First Cane
She had only been home a few months but she loved to go outside and pick leaves, she loved to pick tomatoes out of the garden and eat them like apples....
"I wanna pick a tomato"
She learned very quickly how to say, I wanna pick a tomato...then she would say..."All done pick a tomato" when she was finished eating it. She still asks to pick a tomato but not as often as she did last year.
First Hair Cut
Daddy took the poor child to Sports Clips and when they were finished with big brother he asked them to cut her bangs....BIG MISTAKE!!! Mommy had to fix the uneven mess they made out of them :-/ Don't take little girls to a men's hair cutting place...it doesn't end well. But she is cute no matter what.
First Day of School One Year Home!!!
She has grown SO much!! In the last year she has grown 6 1/2 inches and has gained almost 9 pounds! This girl can EAT!!!! When she came home all she wanted was to hold bobby pins in her hand and flick them with her finger in her ear and she hardly spoke unless she needed water, food or potty.
Now she says...
I am still hungry
I want to play with a toy
I want to watch little Einsteins
I want to talk to mommy
I want to get the mail with me (it means get the mail with you)
I want to go potty on the toilet
I want to go to Kenzi's room
Come here daddy
I want skittles in a baggie
I want craisins in a baggie
I want to listen to music
Fold your arms
And the list goes on and on....she LOVES to sing songs, repeat what everyone else is saying and she is learning so very quickly we are all amazed at her progress.
When I get a chance I am going to make a First Year Home Video to share with you!