Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We love New York, so we had to give that city a little mention in this title. Our night just seemed like it fit right in with a walk in Central Park and a boat ride over to the island. We probably used a tactic that many won't approve of, but we were desperate for Lily to use the sippy cup. As you can see above, she finally gave in and taught herself how to use this new device. This is where the Strawberry Fields part comes in. When I was young, my Mom used to give me Strawberry milk as a special treat. So, Jamie and I thought, "Hmmmm... I wonder if Lily would like the taste of this yummy treat enough to use her sippy cup?" Well, the answer is in the picture. She drank the whole thing. It wasn't easy. She bit on the cup a few times, and then - just like the magic of walking through Central Park and visiting Strawberry Fields- she just started sucking the milk perfectly. Of course, she did not want me to hold it either. She made sure she held her own cup the entire time. Then, we had bathtime after dinner. This is where the Statue of Lily appeared. Look at her crown upon her head. We both said, "Look- she looks like the Statue of Liberty. Oh, she is the statue of Lily!" She thought she was pretty cute this way, too. Jamie held her up to a mirror, and she laughed and laughed at herself. I hope we are able to share our love of New York City with Lily one day. Then, we can show her these pictures, and we can laugh together!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
She has also learned how to pick up her big purple ball, and she can walk a little bit while holding it! She is fine when she falls at the end, so don't worry. She was back up in seconds walking around with her ball again. (Aunt Suzette is talking in the background.)
Monday, July 28, 2008
The picture above shows us ready to go to my Mom's family reunion. Pop took the picture.
Here is another family photo on the farm. Pop loves flowers, so they are everywhere. Lily loved being outside with him looking at all of the butterflies and flowers that surrounded the yard.
Here Pop is teaching Lily how to drive. (He is actually just waiting for us to load the car for our trip to the reunion.)
We did a horrible job taking pictures at the family get-together. But, I did manage to get this picture of Lily walking through the grass with Baba. My Mom's whole family gathered at my Uncle Donnie's house. Lily was really shy outside, but once we went inside- she remembered being there. She took off. She walked all the way down the carpeted hallway to lots of applause. She also wanted to crawl up the stairs. I let her one time, then Aunt Ruth took her up the second time. She just babbled and giggled. She made herself at home with everyone. She was really good, and we were so proud of her. We did not do well with the picture-taking because we were busy spending time with our family. Half of the time, we were taking care of Lily. Then, the other half of the time, Jamie was playing the Wii with the kids. We had a great time with everyone. Next time, we will do better with the pictures. Lily really did enjoy her day...
Only seconds (literally) after we left Uncle Donnie's house- Lily was asleep. She was worn out from entertaining everyone. We got back home late yesterday. Lily had another wonderful night of sleep. Now, she is taking her nap in her pink and white bedroom. So, I am going to get busy on some housework. Have a great day!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Lily also learned how to climb up on the sofa, push the water dispenser on the fridge, and open the pantry door. She was busy learning all kinds of new things yesterday.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
She will start walking right toward you, and then...
Get ready for a BIG LILY-HUG! That is how she ends every walking session. She gives a big hug to whoever she is walking to!
The video below is from last week. She took a few steps, but the part we wanted to share is where she just talks and talks. She does this most of the day to anyone who will listen. I can't wait until we actually understand what she is saying!
Monday, July 21, 2008
But, before the basket expedition took place, Lily took another nap by herself in the pink and white bedroom. This is a big deal since she has been attached to me during naptime for the past four months, unless she took her naps in her car seat or her stroller.
So, here she is. This is the place where I slept with the exact same sheets and pillows over 11 years ago. She slept so well again today. Of course, the monitor is attached to my ear during the two hour naps that she continues to take. I also checked on her about a zillion times. But, we are making progress. She seems to really enjoy sleeping in an actual bed. She doesn't make herself sick like she did when we put her in the crib. So, we are just praying that she won't fall out of the bed. Until she is walking a bit better, she will still be sleeping with us at night. Then, I think we will make an easy switch to the big girl's bed.
In one day, Lily went from a big girl's bed to a basket. You never know what new adventure each day will bring in the land of parenthood.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I am totally breaking my "Jamie Rule" today. He says no posts are allowed over the weekend. Actually, he says no computer time is allowed over the weekend, either. But, he understands that these cute pictures just have to be shown. So, this is Lily is another one of Jayci's dresses (thank you April!!!). Is this not the cutest sundress! Once Lily realized that she was being photographed- Look what happened...
Yes, that is right! She is starting to finally realize that she is totally gorgeous! It really is about time. She really cheesed, as they say, for this photo. This, by the way, is the real Lily for those of you who see her out in public and she pretends like she is shy. One day, she will show this side of herself. However, we enjoy the quiet, shy, mannerly Lily for now.
So, here we are this morning, on our way to Sunday School. Lily had a great time this morning. She is starting to talk more at church, which is nice to see. She is also playing all by herself, and she doesn't have to be in my lap constantly. However, if anyone else sits in my lap- Lily is not happy at all. It is a good thing that the girls who want to sit in my lap are a bit older. They just seem to understand when I explain that I am Lily's Mama and she needs me right now. I am just thankful that we are making progress with our anxieties as far as people go.
Once we got home from church, we had to fill out more paperwork for China. We have to send post placement documents that tell about how Lily is doing, and we got to show them pictures of how she is blossoming into our Lily-flower. I had forgotten how much time that paperwork takes. I ended up working on it for 2 hours. But, it was nice to do the paperwork with my little blessing playing right beside me with her Baba.
After that, it was naptime. Lily took her first nap in my old bedroom, the one I slept in when I was little. (For those who don't know this- we live in the house where I grew up. When my Mom passed away 7 years ago, it was given to us.) She loved it! She slept so well in there, and I almost lost it when I watched her sleep where I had slept a lifetime ago. She looked like a princess in my pink and white bedroom, that can no longer be called mine. I just stood there imagining my own Mom watching me as I slept. Parental love is the most wonderful love. Jamie and I were talking about how you can never imagine the love you will have for your children- until they are here. I guess this is the closest we can ever feel to how God feels about us. It is truly pretty amazing.
So, a Sunday Dress to an Amazing Love. You never know where these posts will go, do you? I will be posting again soon. Have a great week!
Friday, July 18, 2008
When she woke up, she rolled over and saw her bear sitting on the coach. It was actually Nana Claire's bear that was passed on to Lily. She immediately gave it hugs and kisses. She is always very happy when she wakes up from a good 2-hour naptime.
We sat there tonight talking about being parents. It is extremely challenging being a parent, even after we've had all this time to watch our friends become parents. We thought we had talked about everything, and we were ready for anything.
Well....we weren't ready for Lily's tantrums. They started about 6 days ago. The first one was a doozie- it was one of those lay-down-in-the-floor with hands and feet kicking the ground tantrum. You know- one of those we aren't supposed to see until she is at least 2. Right? Apparently, we were wrong. Of course, I am sure you want to know what we did to provoke this horrible display of anger. We took away her sippy cup. She laid in the floor, kicking and screaming for at least 5 minutes. But, let me tell you- it seemed much longer.
So, we have been doing some research on these toddler tantrums, and it turns out that they could possibly be another reason why God made Lily just for us. The experts out there in tantrumland seem to think that Lily will be a strong-minded individual with very strong beliefs because these tantrums have started so young. I don't know if I necessarily believe that, but I like the way it sounds.
She has had a few more tantrums since Saturday. They have occured when she is awakened early from a nap or really, really tired. They don't last long at all anymore. "The Experts" said for us to simply let them happen and ignore her completely. So, that is what we have done.
All I know is that God put her with two unbelievably strong-willed, determined parents with very strong beliefs in God, faith, honesty, and living a clean life. For example, we don't see rated-R movies anymore. We believe that when you put garbage in your soul- at some point that garbage is going to come out. Most of our friends say that it is just a movie. But, that is where those strong beliefs come into play. We absolutely don't believe that way.
So, I am wondering if these experts are correct. I am praying that is the case. After waiting for 11 years for this Asian princess to come into our lives, we believe with everything in our hearts that God made her specifically for us.
So, we hope you keep logging on, and we will let you know how our strong-willed child continues to test our parenting skills.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Our Sleeping Beauty just could not make it through dinner last night. She fell asleep while she was eating her grits. She just kept nodding her head and closing her eyes. She took a very short nap yesterday. She has been only taking one nap since we returned from the beach. They ususally last from 2 1/2 to 3 hours at a time. But, yesterday, she only took a 30 minute nap. So, we knew she would not make it through the night.
She did wake up though, and she managed to keep us up until around 1 a.m. She kept going from one of us to the other giving us kisses. She is so loving at night and in the morning. She is also very kissy when you are laying in the floor with her while she is playing. She will just lean over and get right in your face- and then lay a big smoochy kiss right on your nose or your cheek or somewhere near your mouth. Then, she will just grin at you as though she knows she has given you the best present ever! Of course, there was a Miss Fussy Britches in bed with us too last night. Once she knew she was going to have to go to sleep, she was not happy. She was raring to go after her dinner nap. But, eventually, she curled up with Baba and slept through the night. Of course, I woke up around 5:30 with Lily stretched out beside me. She enjoys snuggling with both of us during the night. Snuggling- mark that down as one of those things I am so thankful for.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Lily is doing really great, and she is growing every day. She is learning how to walk, and she is learning how to fall very gracefully. We are a little sad since school will be starting in a few more weeks. This means our 24/7 time together will be coming to an end, but I know she will enjoy spending time with her Aunt Mindy and her cousin Nathan.
I am looking forward to sharing our lives with you as often as we can!
Have a blessed day!
The first video shows Lily walking, and the second one shows her playing with her Aunt Suzette.