Gemma Lu turned 5 years old on May 11. She was SO EXCITED for this birthday. We had a few other family functions (which involved cake and/or ice cream) prior to her birthday, and she always thought it was her birthday. FINALLY, it was. She had a great time! We had a "Cars" theme, which she picked out. (I asked the balloon store if they had any "Cars" balloons. They said, "No. What else does your little boy like?" LOL) She surprised me by being very methodical in opening her gifts. She didn't want to rip the paper, and she looked at every gift very thoroughly. It was cute.
This is our dear daughter Zhong San Hui. She is 4 years old and is waiting for us in Zhongshan Children's Welfare Institute in Zhongshan City, in Guangdong Province in People's Republic of China. We receive Pre-Approval (PA) to adopt her on April 8, 2011. We are on day 70 waiting for our Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from China which will make her officially ours. We cannot travel until we receive LOA. Hopefully it will come soon!
Months and months ago, when this adoption was still in its infancy, when I learned that Gladys was living in a foster home, I knew that Gotcha (and the ensuing transition) would be difficult. I knew it all the months that we went through the adoption stages. And when I learned that not only was Gladys in foster care, but that she'd been with the same family for FIVE years, I really knew it...this transition was going to be H.A.R.D. I knew it last night when I woke up 3 or 4 times. I knew it when I tried to eat breakfast and had butterflies in my stomach. I knew it when we were driving to meet Gladys and my hands were shaking. I knew it when we arrived at the meeting place and my mouth was dry. I knew it. Then, in walks this teeny, tiny, larger-than-life, little spitfire! I was instantly captivated! She has possibly the worst "bowl" haircut known to man, but oh, my! The personality bursting out of this little one was something amazing to see! She walked into th
Gracie loves bath time. She usually tells me "Daddy I want to take a long baff," while I am washing her hair and scrubbing her down. During a "long baff" she re-enacts scenes from Lion King, fills up cups of various sizes, and plays with bath toys such as two Dora dolls made for bath (which Gracie refers to as "The Twins." I like giving the baths while I can. I still remember bathing Qing when her hair was very short. It is now a bit more work to wash her hair!