*LL is still a complete HAM!! She is very outgoing and funny with us...yet scared of strangers and 99.9% of the time wont' allow anyone to hold her BESIDES me or daddy!!
*LL is still a great eater and will eat almost anything you put in front of her!!
** LL LOVES our attention...and would seriously do just about anything to get the whole family laughing and staring at her!! She has realized that WE ALL think she is pretty cute, therefore, she performs for us ALL THE TIME!!
**Oh, those LL faces...She is completely animated!! The girl can make any face on demand and crack her self up doing it...She is simply FUNNY!!
**LL is also VERY dramatic over EVERYTHING!! She can make the worst face at you of disgust for NOT giving her exactly WHAT she wanted WHEN she wanted it!! She has that spoiled American Toddler thing down REALLY WELL!! We call her FEISTY and SASSY!! :) She truly makes us laugh at HOW mad she can get when you take something away from her (you know, like a dangerous knife from the dishwasher or something :) She is NOT afraid to GO AFTER what she wants!! She is determined!!! :)
**LL is SOOO affectionate and sweet with us!! She is a love bear, a cuddle bear and seriously would LIVE on my hip if I let her (or didn't have 4 other kids)...She LOVES her Momma and I LOVE IT!! :)
****My thoughts on ADOPTION after 9 months: Well, I wish I had something "negative" to say to SOUND more believable...BUT....we seriously think this has been the easiest thing we've EVER DONE!! Now "the wait" was excruciating...but LL in my arms for 9 months has been heavenly!! We praise God for HOW NORMAL she is!! She is seriously a normal and happy baby girl, and she is mostly easy and easy going too!! I completely understand that EVERY child is different whether birthed or adopted, AND every family unit is different too...so mesh all that together and you get LOTS of different outcomes...BUT FOR US....LL coming into our family has been a breeze!! I just attached her to my body and NEVER put her down...simply that!! :) We bonded quickly and the entire family is BETTER because of our adoption of LL!! We are stronger in faith, stronger in our love for one another, and completely changed forever because of the LOVE and RESPECT we now have for another culture and country!! I'll forever PRAISE GOD and thank HIM for laying this on our heart!! To think I could have missed out on it MAKES ME WANT TO CRY!! :)
AND...I'll end tonight with a few pics of LL's latest happenings:
My crazy girl LOVES wearing our mixing bowls on her head...She seriously tries to walk around with them on her head and walks right into the cabinets!! She thinks she is so funny!!
LL loves staring at her self in the mirror...she'll even make faces at herself...ABOVE, she is saying, "Well , hey there Good Lookin!! " And, she can't resist kissing herself...She is quite the FAN of herself!! :)
And, LL is adventurous and into CLIMBING on everything!! The girl is hilarious and we are so thankful for this precious little Angel...even if I'm chasing her everywhere and saving her life about 10X a day from climbing on top of high objects :) !!
**Happy 16 Months LL and Happy 9 Months home!! We love you SOOO much!!!
Happy Monday to you all, kj
PS...A big shout out to my long time church friend Stephanie who is trying to raise money through our church's "pay it forward" campaign!! Her hubby is a college basketball coach...so how fitting that she'd raise money through a College Basketball Bracket...You can check it out here : www.hopethruhoops.blogspot.com ALL PROCEEDS go to support orphans in the Dominican Republic!! Way to go Stephanie...you're speaking right to my heart!! :)