Monday, February 21, 2011

Things we've learned so far

Itsy Bitsy spider never fails to make a child smile.... and maybe even giggle just a little.

(handprints for the adoption registration... that's our guide Rita helping)

When you have a 17 month old a dinner table you must always clear the table of any objects that are within an arms length.

With Grace, you must clear two-arms lengths.

A glass knocked over by a 17 month old holding chopsticks will break. Oops.

Don't let her size fool you... she is quite the spitfire! She WILL let you know that she does not want something... mostly by chucking it across the room. and don't try again... because she will just throw it further.
(second bottle of the day given by Baba)

We weren't sure if this was myth or reality... but it is indeed real. A child with an unrepaired cleft palate will sneeze rice out their noses. And is a good way to make a table full of 18 tired people laugh. oh and her sneeze is quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever heard.

As warned by blogger friend Emily... don't believe the reports.. The report said she only had four bottles of formula a day (and some crackers for snack). Last night she ate a cup of fried rice, a dumpling and about 50 cheerios (by the fist-full). Clearly she has eaten from both chopsticks and a spoon.

(eating rice - YUM!)

They key to a good night sleep in China is having your daughter within arms reach and hearing her breathe all night long.


(Meeting B, K and D over Skype... and shoveling cheerios in her mouth)

I'm pretty sure this is the first morning of her life that she has two people standing over her crib not-so-patiently waiting for her to wake up so we can see her sweet face and play with her.


  1. LOVE it!! Looks like she likes her bath. :-)
    Enjoy waiting for your sweet baby to wake up!

    Oh, and do we have a future softball star in the family? :-)

  2. awwwwwwwwwwwwwww so good to see things going well!!!! are you goona take her swimming? the water is a bit chilly- but you could try the hot tub! if you want to see local jade-- ask yisha or rita to take you across the street. hmm ... it is soooooooooooooo good to see her with you with her!!!!! could her chubby cheeks be any cuter??

    ps-- you're up a bit early,, aren't ya??!!! ;)

  3. Certainly looks like she is feeling better. Very cute. Man you are up early???

  4. THAT is an awesome blog post. I laughed, I cried...sigh.

  5. You can't update this fast enough for me, I just want more more more! My gosh, she is just too cute! Big hugs!!

  6. Glad she is doing so well, babies from the orphanage seem to know when they have a good thing going. She is going to be so much fun!

  7. I think I check your blog for updates more than I check anything on the internets. Karl and I are both thinking of you guys ALL the time and can't wait to meet Grace!!

  8. We are loving each of your blog posts! The kids oohh and ahhh at each new picture of Grace! Our family favorite is Steve Skyping with Grace on his lap! How is she feeling?

  9. LOVE the updates! She definitely knows you're hers! I can feel it all the way from there to here! God is So Good!

  10. Oh, I am just loving the updates! It's bringing back SO many memories!! Yes, food out the nose is the real deal!! ;)

  11. It's nice to wake up and read your updates. Love the photos. BLessings to you all today!

  12. She's beautiful!!! Looks like she loves the bath, how fun!!! I love the picture of her skyping with her brothers and sister, I'm sure they can't wait to meet/play with her!! Laila had a huge cleft palate and would sneeze/cough noodles out of her nose as well as rice, she would just laugh!! Thank you for blogging, I look forward to your posts every morning!!!