I can't believe Lil's been home for a month! It seems like we just got off the plane ... and yet, it feels like Lil's been a part of our family for ages.
While we did paperwork and planning for Lily, it sometimes seemed so outrageous & unreal - like, how would we really ever manage to bring this person to live with us? And now, here she is, the little girl who started out as a photograph and is a blooming, growing, amazing little girl - and we are so lucky to be her parents.
It's really hard to wrap my mind around sometime, that we crossed the world to get a child - and this gem of a girl was unwanted?
This little girl, who was actually in a very nice orphanage and well cared for - is literally blooming in front of us. Her language - oh my gosh! She's got many signs now, thanks to Signing Time DVDs, and a handful of English words she says regularly.
Also, funnily enough - she's started answering our questions with a very solemn, "Da," which is "yes" in Russian. While we were in Ukraine, she never once said "Da" ... but now, she not only understands our simple questions (Do you want more cereal? Are you ready to sleep?) with appropriate verbal answers! Even if sometimes those answers are in Russian!
Lil got some great gifts from friends & family for her birthday and for coming home.
Sisters at breakfast
Lil's still not a big drinker, but she likes milk in her cereal. She's also finally accepted a sippy cup like Ruby's, and she's willing to drink more now. She still prefers milk - and that's fine with me!
and I did make her a cake on her actual birthday, even though we'd had cupcakes on the weekend. I couldn't NOT make her a cake - it was her first birthday she ever celebrated!