One month in our arms


It's hard to believe that yesterday marked one month that this precious little dumpling has been in our arms.  In that time she has come out of her shell in a big way.  She cried every time we walked into our hotel room in Taiyuan.  Nights weren't easy either.  We occasionally heard her babble. She was grieving, and if you have adopted, you know it's hard to watch.

 Today she's a very different girl, a typical toddler.  She screams when she wants something and screams just to be heard.  It's really nice for when you want to make phone calls.  Um, not really.  She really does pester poor Madeline.  Oy!  She's always wanting what she has and will scream, pull her clothes or hair, or, usually, squeeze her arm.  Yep.  Everything is mine, and I want it now.

She loves her chocolate milk and can drink it by the gallon.  She'll generally eat what I fix the big dumplings.  This girl LOVES to drink all day and a lot....which means lots of pee pee diapers.  I still do put her on the potty to pee, but she drinks so much stinkin' water, I have a hard time keeping up. lol  She's sleeping well, both for naps and bedtime.  We had a few days of big time crying and thought it was grieving.  But my wise sister who has parented this age before told me it just might be that she doesn't want to sleep.  Ding ding ding! We have a winner.  Thankfully those times of crying about sleep were short lived.  She sleeps like a champ without any crying now.  
  Since coming home, she has learned a few basic signs- water, milk, more, please, and thank you.  She can say water (wa wa) and diaper (bi bur) and mommy (though she says mommy when pointing to herself, so she doesn't know it means me yet.)  I originally wanted to her call me mommy because I know she called her foster mom "mama", and I didn't want to upset or confuse her, which it did (upset her) in China.  She says mama and baba but only to babble, not in reference to us.  She babbles quite a bit and will even act like she's having a conversation with you.  It's so funny.  She loves swinging at the park, swimming in the pool, riding in the wagon or on her tricycle, brushing her teeth, dancing to music, and anything she can grab out of her in her sister's hand.  She loves to fake laugh so she can join her brother and sister in their laughing fits too.  She reminds us that we have to check her mouth for loose teeth because both her brother and sister have loosey-goosey teeth that need checking.  Oh she won't be forgotten.  Nope. Well, I could go on and on, but I think I'll stop right there.

As I said in my previous post, I knew I had to start taking some photos of Havi at home because I need to send them to our agency as part of our post placement report.  So one night I decided to take my camera with me on our evening walk.
 I thought I would take this snapshot of the three dumplings together because China wants to see the child experiencing their new culture.  They were thrilled to go on the walk, though not to stop and smile for my camera.  Oh well, it's good enough to send to China.  Done.
 We spotted this small but pretty rainbow as we were nearing home.
Happy 1 month with us, Havi Xue!
You have turned our lives upside for the better, you loud, spunky little girl!
We love love love you like crazy crazycakes!!!!

6 sweet words:

Cheri Thursday, July 18, 2013  

It is so nice to hear about your wild and crazy daughter! I'm sure you are so busy with the three of them.

Eva is a water drinker. She always wants a drink in her hand. It has taken her years to overcome her "need" to always have one. Hers was more of an emotional issue...similar to food.

Ivy's middle name is Xue. I wonder if it is the same. It means school or learned.

Enjoy your summer!

Colleen Cocci Thursday, July 18, 2013  

So sweet to read about how well she's incorporated herself into life with her New Family! You are all so loving and such great role models - yes, Caleb and Madeline included! Keep the pics coming; I love to look at them and your blog when I have the time. Hugs and Love! Colleen

Hoots Momma Thursday, July 18, 2013  

I am LOVING all your posts!!! Just amazing. I'm so glad she's adjusting well. I'm so happy for yall!

Grandma (Bammy) Thursday, July 25, 2013  

It was so special to be able to meet my newest granddaughter, Havi !!!She is unique, adorable, funny, wonderful - I could go on and on......thanks to Mom and Dad for being able to be with all my grandchildren.....lots of love and peace to all!

Kim Thursday, August 01, 2013  

I'm so happy to hear how her heart is settling. She is super adorable.

michele Tuesday, August 06, 2013  

Sweet Havi!
We love you!
Your Aunt Shell, Uncle John, and cousin Lydia!!
Hugs and Kisses just for you baby girl!!


About This Blog

This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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