Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

Just look at that face. Milana has come a long way in such a short time. She is really coming out of her shell now in every way. Once she realized she was mobile - there's no stopping her now. The plane ride home should be interesting.
She has, of course, totally captured my heart. The thing that gets me the most about her is she seems so in tune with me. She stares into my eyes (I can't see my previous posts so forgive me I repeat myself which I'm sure I am) for the longest time and then breaks out into this laugh and giggles and winks and then reaches up and touches my face so softly with her little hands. She roams around my face and hair with her fingers, touching and exploring and then smiles like she's saying "so, this is you, my mama, who I waited so long for - cool, you're ok". I'm really not used to all the eye contact. It's rather unusual for these children (forgive the generalization) and Dahlia still has some trouble with eye contact. So, I'm lovin' it!

So, we visited the Summer Palace, which is lovely, though the day was very overcast. I'll wait till I'm home to post a whack of pictures. Yesterday we shopped and shopped and shopped and Danny stayed at the hotel with the girls. (Feel free to read between the lines there.) This proved a good move from all sides. One, I was completely unencombered to do my thing (ahem) and Danny finally had some good bonding time, especially with Milana which worked out well. Initial attachment (not the long term stuff - that takes much longer and a lot more work) usually is with one parent at first so Milana wasn't taking to Danny but they worked it out and she's much better with him now. Dahlia is finding more things that are neat about her little sister who is watching her every move now (no pressure there, kid).

Today, we went to Tian'an men for a group picture. Oh my soul - the people - just masses of them - all with umbrellas,shielding them from a brutally hot sun. My little Dahlia suffers so much in the sun and her head sweats whenever she's a bit hot. And guess what? So does Milana. Another thing they share. And it's not just me - everyone says they looks litke sisters.

We're going to lay low now for some quiet time. It's hot out and we're pooped and in 2 days we fly home.



Buckeroomama said...

They do look like sisters. :)

Ah, I forget how crowded it gets at the Summer Palace...

Can't wait to see more pics. Have a safe and smooth flight home!

Leslie said...

awwwww they are just precious together!

Jill said...

What a sweet smile!
I am sooo happy for you guys!

a Tonggu Momma said...

So glad to hear things are going well... love those sister smiles. Stay cool in this heat and I pray the plane ride home is uneventful.

Our family said...

What a gorgeous smile your littlest lady has!!!!! Both of your daughters (who do look a lot alike) are so beautiful.

I hope that you enjoy your last little bit of time in China. May your trip home go smoothly for you all.

What a precious trip this has been for you and your family. So amazing to think of all that you have experienced, and the milestones you have already witnessed with Milana.

Take care my friend and big hugs from home!

Donna said...

Ah the memories! I can picture everything you're writing about with such vivid detail. These are amazing days, my friend! But you knew that! ;)


Amy said...

Oh Wanda, her sweet smiling face brings tears of joy to my eyes, I am soooo happy for you! We've been home 6 days now and I can FIANLLY say I am starting to feel a bit more myself! I can't wait to talk to you once you are home and settled! Praying for you and your sweet family of four! Love Amy