"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. " Philippians 1:6

Monday, March 21, 2011

2012 Poster Child for World Down Syndrome Day

Well maybe not exactly the whole truth BUT
I vote that Gracie is the next poster child for 2012's World Down Syndrome Day!!!

I hope you are lucky enough to hug someone you know with designer genes today on this World Down Syndrome Day!
You can find out more about today here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Language Acquisition

Gracie continues to be Amazing Gracie as her ability to understand what we say to her in English and her ability to communicate with us is the same if not better than our typical kids when they were adopted.
She is putting 2-3 words together more often than not!

One thing that she does that our others did not do is that she will use body language and gestures when we don't understand her. She is able to get all her needs met either with words, body language, gestures or just her pure cuteness!

Some of the new words or phrases she is independently saying on her own without modeling as she repeats anything modeled for her.

  • I love you mama!  (My favorite)
  • Good morning mama! (or baba or Lulu or whoever she is addressing)
  • My backpack
  • Snack in backpack
  • "Tomato" for "potato" it is soooo cute!!!
  • Sit down mama
  • Come here mama
  • Tissue please
  • Monkey
  • Dog
  • Coffee
  • All gone
  • All done
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Oranges
  • Tofu
  • hot
  • cold
  • water
  • Please, thank you and your welcome
  • Excuse me
  • Sorry
  • Go to school
  • bus
  • socks
  • shoes
  • home
  • yummy
  • good
  • This is Bryson's (or whoevers)
  • Jacket
  • It's raining!
  • Beautiful
  • "No apples" with a finger shake included!
  • Funny!
  • Outside mama
  • More noodles please mama
  • Grandma and Grandpa
  • I don't know
  • Good night, go to bed baba!  (She cracks herself up with this one!)
  • More ice cream mama!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's A Whole New World!!!

Gracie got her new glasses today. Her words out of her mouth as soon as the optometrist put them on was  "WOW!"

The eye doctor said that she could only see clearly about 5 inches from her face. Her vision is 20/450! I think she looks older in her glasses. She has done a great job keeping them on today. You can also see in the above picture how much straighter her two front teeth are getting now that they pulled out the two teeth next to them (that little escapade only took 4 adults to hold her down!). Little by little she is getting all fixed up! She is my beautiful girl!!!
This is her studious look!!
So cute!!!
Update on eye surgeries: She will not need the tear duct surgery, but will need the eye lid surgery as her droopy eye lid does affect her vision. She will see the eye lid surgeon on March 31st. We would love to coordinate that with the tonsils and adenoids if possible.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gracie Reading!!!!!

(Don't forget to mute playlist at bottom of blog)

She is so stinkin' cute and smart.
Truthfully, I can hardly stand it!
I want to gobble her up morning, noon and night!
At the end of the video, you can see how she even looks at the pile when I  accidentally ask her to give me Gracie instead of Mama! She knew Gracie was in the pile already!
Silly Mama! Smartie Gracie!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Week In Review Wednesday

Having fun celebrating Papa's birthday!
Meeting another BIG brother!
Like Father Like Daughter!
Minus the difference in hair!
Shaving Cream Fun!
Hey, I never got to do that in China!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nothing Sweeter.....

than lying next to Gracie as she falls asleep rubbing her forehead and hair while whispering, "I love you so much Gracie" to have her whisper back, "I love you so much mama!"

Truly nothing sweeter......

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Darling Diva!!

Bedhead before

An even better before photo

After Lu gets ahold of my Darling Diva!!!

Simply beautiful that Gracie Mae!