Oh how I love this child! LOVE her! I am forever gazing at her in amazement and just get all weepy just thinking of our journey to her. I'd wait a thousand years again just to have this little sprout in my arms. Crazy I know, but I would. I've said it before and I'll say it a thousand times again....This child is a gift from God just for me!
While we were in Guangzhou, we would wander into the stores next to our hotel and I saw this dress and wanted it badly! The dress seemed huge at the time, especially when I looked down at this tiny bundle in the pouch attached to me. I held it up several times and thought she wouldn't be wearing this until she was at least in first grade! HA! A few weeks ago I pulled down the next bin of clothes 2T-3T and saw the dress right away. When I pulled it out I realized she'd fit in it perfectly right now and looked at her playing behind me and saw such a different little girl than the one I'd been getting to know just a short year and several months ago when I bought the dress. Of course I put it on her immediately and grabbed the camera and she was a ham!
Our little sprout is growing and growing before our eyes so quickly! It's like watching a sunflower bloom...just beautiful! My girl is now full of mischief and imagination. She plays for hours with her babies and bears and we can not leave the house without one of them in tow. She will dress up in her doctor scrubs and perform surgery on them and then tenderly kiss them and tell them they are all better. (I have no idea where she got the whole surgery concept from???) Books are still her favorite. She will read forever and that's all she wants to do in the car. We go to the library once a week but we should really be going everyday because she goes through the books so fast and tells me, "mommy we need new books again" before two days as past. Our sprout has also discovered the joy of building tents in the house and playing for hours in them. Oh how I loved doing that as a little girl. I have a great time now making up extravagant castles and rabbit holes to play in with my girl.
On top of all that imagination and sparkle she is now 35 inches tall and weighs 27.8 pounds. She is mostly wearing a 2T but still has a few 18-24 months outfits that fit her perfectly. Her foot size is a 6 but she'll wear any shoe that she can get her feet in. She LOVES shoes and hairbows. ;) Her vocabulary is soaring and she never stops talking, in fact Mike and I have a very hard time getting a conversation completed because she will stand in the middle of us just rambling away (she's a little like her mommy that way). She is in charge of saying grace at dinner and asking the, "how was your day" question. I've really got to get that dinner prayer on video...it's precious and always has us in tears. Some of my favorite words she utters are: Wooggie = woobie (think of the movie "Mr. Mom" woobie was Kevins blanket), Mickmau = Mickey Mouse, Dumbit = Summit our dog, Ben and Jerry = cows....just to name a few. We are also taking a Mandarin class and the cricket lurves it! She'll count in Mandarin before she'll count in English...love that!! And now that we are quickly approaching the age of three her most favorite word is WHY????? and most favorite string of words....what is that doing???, why not mommy?? and I love you too much. That one of course melts my heart!
Oh it's fun being a toddler on the verge of daily discovery! Everyday is an adventure and I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be able to do this again. What a gift! As we head into the holiday season this year I am reminded of where we were two years ago....waiting the last days of our wait and our nerves were fried beyond fried! This year we celebrate our second holiday season with our little sprout and will be headed to Oregon on Monday for a celebration of total thankfulness!