Saturday, December 29, 2007

Oh, what a time we've had. We've been so busy and the blogging has taken a back seat for awhile.

The first week home, we dealt with bad jet lag and just trying to get some sleep at night. It wasn't an easy process but now I think it's getting better. She is sleeping for 10-12 hours a night but waking up some still. When she's happy and not tired, she is so adorable. Sometimes I just get so overwhelmed with how beautiful she is. She has the sweetest smile and sometimes she'll crinkle up her whole face in a smile. Her little nose wrinkles all up and her eyes are almost closed with all four teeth grinning away. She is so cute. She is very cuddly and loves hugs. She is learning to lean forward for a forehead tap or a kiss, however she doesn't do the kissing yet. She love the word, "Pop" and smiles and sometimes it gets a laugh. She babbles and says, "Da" quite a bit and has moved into "Ga" and "Ma" - I'm lovin that one! She's cutting teeth and drools constantly so we're always ready with her drool rag.

She has had her first play date which went rather well. Briana, Lisa and Doug came over with wings and spend a few hours with us. OMG, these two were so adorable. They both know how to blow raspberries and they were doing it to each other. Can you just see the cute factor? Lisa has posted pictures of the day. I haven't even looked at my camera or any of the shots that I took so check them out over there.

Her second play date was on Xmas Eve. Debbie, Dan, Ian and Li Li all came over for our traditional chili dinner. It was so great to see all of them together. She does really well with others so far. After they left, we opened up her first Xmas gift ever. That has been a tradition in my family my whole life. One gift on C. Eve which always ended up being a new pair of pajamas so we would get to sleep in them and then have them on for pictures the next morning. It's one tradition that will continue for us. Since she was so exhausted and falling asleep during dinner, she went down fairly easy.

Then, on Xmas day, we had our traditional picture in front of the tree and opened a few presents. None of the pictures turned out especially well so we have none to post but have tons of others. Since everything is new to her still, we had no need to get her anything so we wrapped up a few things and she had a ball with the paper. She loved ripping it and staring at it. Not much interest in what was inside. After we finished doing that, we headed over to Debbie's and had a wonderful time with friends and met Maisie and her family, and Emma and her family. Debbie had a spectacular looking table with food to match. We had a fantastic time and Chani did really well.

Since then, we've been hanging around close to home. A quick errand to the post office to send off the late gifts. I had intended to get them sent as soon as we returned from China but the little rug rat took over and has been the center of attention ever since. No complaints though!

Here are a few pictures over the last few days.

6 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

OMG!!!!
Chani is tooo cute...
LOVE the pictures..
You made my day girly...
Glad you are getting some sleep...
Sounds like you have been BUSY,BUSY, BUSY....
I can tell why you are sooo happy... she is soooo pretty...
CONGRATS girly...
Have a Great New Year...
2008 is going to bring you many GREAT memories with your New bundle of joy...
Hugs to you girly..

Special K said...

What a gorgeous girl. I bet this was your best Christmas ever!

Lisa, Doug & Briana said...

Wonderful pictures! Chani is so freakin' adorable!

We had such a great time seeing all of you! We will come over again soon!

RoLo said...

aaaah these are so precious. I just love the photos of her and Briana together.

Mick & James said...

What a cute little doll!

OziMum said...

Oooo the pictures! So drool worthy!!! (had to drool so Chani doesn't feel she's the only one doing it?!!!)

Have an awesome New Year!
Love Lee-Anne