The beauty of adoption is the first year and seeing a child blossom from orphan to orphan no more. Everyday is new. Every experience is new.
Each of our girls have come to us in very different ways. One was very vocal in letting us know her space limits but otherwise was happy, one was so sad with tears in her eyes even when we began to see smiles emerge, one was so very scared without ever knowing a life outside of the orphanage walls, and Miss Chapman came to us somewhat dazed and confused with eyes wide open studying all around her. She never flinched. She never cried. She just looked at us and everything that surrounded her.
Five days later and this girl is full of spunk! She smiles with her entire face and her laugh is one of the sweetest sounds one will ever hear! She speaks. She tells us to put her shoes on, she starts saying the word for dog when she sees one, she tells us thank you, she babbles and babbles, she tells us when something is hot, she says ma-ma, ba-ba, ge-ge (brother) and she waves and says bye bye to most anyone!
She loves to be held in the carrier.
She runs around our room like she owns the place.
She now loves taking a bath and even allows for Maryn to pour small amounts of water on her head while playing beauty shop - oh the things these two will get into together!
She quickly shifts her head to the side, quite diva-ish, if she doesn't want something you are offering her and then slowly turns back, her eyes first, to see if it is still there.
She loves eggs, bananas, muffins, chocolate, corn, pizza....she will not have anything to do with a food that is green. The head shifts fast with the green!
She doesn't like to drink much but when she gets thirsty, she will though I do worry that it isn't enough. Definitely something to work on.
She really is a dream. Very endearing and we are all loving seeing the glimpses of her personality as our time with her continues!