Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fu Le Wen, One Year

Today, one year ago, at 2:00 pm local time (Chongqing, China), darling Emi was placed in our arms. While the wait was so hard (so very hard), nothing prepared me for the feelings that just swamped me when we walked into the room at the Civil Affairs building and saw her sweet sleeping face. And then, when her nanny gave her to me, the first time to hold my baby girl I just could not hold back the tears of joy. Thank goodness she was sleeping, because I seriously could not hold them back. Even now, writing this, the tears come. I could not believe this perfect little person was ours. Ours to love, ours to care for, ours to raise. Forever. I looked at her in awe, and just could not stop watching her sleep. It was so hard to hand her to Jeff to hold, I am sure I finally did but much of that time is a blur. I remember the nanny waking Emi while I held her and Emi just looking at both Jeff and I with huge eyes. No tears, and didn't really seem to be upset. Just absorbing all around her. She still pretty much likes to do that, look around first and then run head-long into what new experience is there waiting for her.

It's been a year of changes for this sweet little girl. From a baby who could barely sit, and who would topple over and not be able to right herself to a child who runs full tilt at the world. Very little scares her (although scares me all the time!), climbing to new heights almost daily. Emi still isn't talking, something that we have some concerns about but in all other areas she is either right on track or a bit ahead. She was and still is a very happy child, ready with a smile and a laugh. Her full belly laughs are contagious! She eats like a truck driver, has the energy of a locomotive and can brighten the room like a little fairy sprite. Think I am a bit in love with this little gal?

We couldn't be happier, and we are now a family complete.

P.S. For those new to our blog who might be interested in our trip to China:
October 29, October 31, November 1, November 4, November 8. And of course, there's more in the archives. :)


November 2007 ~~~~~~~~~~~ October 2008
Oh, and she has a bit more hair. ;)

17 comments:

amy said...

beautiful post. beautiful family

"J" said...

What a SWEET post!!!! =) She is soooooooooooo CUTE and sooooooooooooooo SWEET!!!!

Yall have such a GREAT family!!!!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!

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Barbara said...

She so sweet! I know I'll be a crying mess one day, hopefully soon for the same reasons. ;)

Karen said...

She's so beautiful!

Magi said...

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! What sweet memories.

Gina (Caleeo) said...

Congratulations on one year!!! Happy Family Day!

Great post - and I love the then and now photos.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Thanks for sharing. She is soooooooooooo adorable and I know how much you'll always cherish this day!

Lythrum said...

I'm so happy for you guys. Emi is very lucky to have such wonderful parents, and you guys are lucky to have such a beautiful daughter. :)

Maddys Mom said...

Congrats to you! What a beautiful reflection of such a special day.

Cristina said...

Happy Forever Day Kiy to you, Jeff and your precious 'Danger Girl'. What a great post!

Cristina xxx

Tracy said...

Beautiful post! I did not know your sweet little one was asleep when you met her! I know - it was so hard to hold back my tears. But I bawled that night when Charlotte finally went to bed - tears of happiness and relief for sure. Thanks for sharing that wonderful post and your memories of that day - Happy Forever Family Day to you (and us!)

V and M said...

Beautiful post!

Louanne said...

I love the post. Those photos of her sleeping are just too precious for words! I find myself all teary eyed with you guys celebrating this week! Hug Danger Girl for us!

Marji said...

Ah, lovely, brings back the best kind of memories for me. Your Emi is a treasure.


Marji
fellow Fuling mom, and QiDong mom, and Guilin mom and Nanning mom and just Mom MOM to my four treasures

Eli's Lids said...

This is the sweetest post. And don't worry too much about talking. Last week at my mom's group a specialist came in and said that at age 2 years old it is normal for them to have anywhere from 2-1200 words!! They don't really worry till they are 3 or 3 and a half.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love, love, love anniversary posts. Happy Family Day!!!! And I love your comment "she eats like a truck driver." We have a little someone at our house who does the same. LOL.

ahorne said...

Happy Anniversary, Mom! :)
It's amazing how something so tiny steals your heart so completely, isn't it?