Saturday, September 26, 2009

Two months ago today.....

I can't believe it has been two months since Micalee was placed in my arms! In a way, it seems like she's been here forever, although she has certainly not been here long enough! I'm still sad sometimes about missing her first two years of life, but whatever she went through has made her what she is right now, and if we had gotten our referral sooner, or she had been place sooner, we wouldn't be together. We missed so many first, but we are creating alot of our own. When I look back over the pictures from the night we got her and our time we spent in China, I realize how much she has blossomed! Our little two-year-old could hardly walk (not much at all without support), and now look at her running to her Mommy! She would have run away from her Mommy if she could have a couple of months ago! I can't even think about the night we got her or those days in China without tearing up. It was the most heart-wrenching time of my life! Now, this little girl, who wanted nothing to do with me, wants me to hold her as much as possible. And she is so full of smiles and laughter, although, she does still have those far away serious looks that makes me wonder what she's thinking. I'm sure she's still processing everything that has happened to her in her short life. I hope she knows how much she was wanted and how much she is loved. She has filled a void that I never even realized existed. Happy two-months-a-family, Micalee!!! Mommy & Daddy love you so very much!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Day in the Life of Micalee....

Well, I guess I've been too busy having fun with Micalee to post lately, but here are some pictures from the last few weeks!  Micalee is getting more & more comfortable around the house.  She is truly fitting in around here!  She is getting funnier & goofier as she gets more settled in.  Sometimes she walks around the house just laughing to herself (maybe a psych consult is in order!)!  She loves to play outside & she really liked her tent/house we set up for her.  She was scared at first, but once Mommy got in with her, she didn't want to come out.  She is still loving her kitty cat & he is being SO tolerant with her that I'm still amazed (he has a history of biting when he's bothered)!  And now, she even loves Millie!  Millie loves her, too (Micalee is always dropping her snacks!).  The one picture I posted was a "stare down" sparked by a piece of cheese.  You don't mess with Micalee's food!  She is still loving bath time & still goes to sleep so easily (at night & for naps).  It's the complete opposite as it was while in China!  She got to enjoy her first birthday party last weekend when my nephew, Jacob, had his 7th birthday party.  He had been asking since his 4th if Micalee was going to be there & FINALLY she was!  It was SO good to see her there playing with her cousins!  She is so easy-going (most of the time!).  I'm having the time of my life staying home with her!  She is finally starting to speak a little more.  She tries to copy most everything we say now (David is trying not to use his usual language!)!  She now tells Millie to sit, she is finally saying juice, she says night-night, bath, pee-you (stinky diaper), shoes, Mama, Daddy, and today, starting saying "rock on", when David said it to her when she was singing & dancing in her car seat.  The girl was got some moves!  I may try to put some video on if I can figure it out!  Her arms start flailing in the air as soon as she hears music!!! It's too cute!  She's just busy being a 2-year old & still learning the language!  I think her vocabulary is about to burst!  She's trying harder & harder.  She had her first set of vaccinations a couple of weeks ago, and I was traumatized!  She screamed like the day we got her & it broke my heart!  She had to have FOUR injections!  Poor baby!  I can't stand to see her crying!  I did, however, cause the biggest near-fatal incident!  A couple of nights ago, I fell down the stairs when I was carrying her!  I think I missed the step above the landing & just stumbled right on down.  I clutched her & screamed for David before we hit.  Amazingly, she only had a scratch on the back of her neck (we hit a meta candle holder), but she was shaking when David took her from me.  I would have never forgiven myself if something worse had happened to her.  I'm still shook up from the ordeal.  I also have a few scratches & bruises & very sore muscles (like a truck hit me!) to remind me of it.  We are both very lucky not to have broken something! Someone was definitely looking out for us!  I'll try to post more often.  I know the pictures are what you want to see anyway!