Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What a difference.....6 months has made !!

I can hardly believe where we were 6 months ago today.

We had waited so long for Dahlia's little sister, her mei mei. And when I look at this picture of her in Daddy's arms for the first time, my heart hurts. For her. That poor sweet child was so tramatized.
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We all were a little bit. Despite my attempt at trying to look happy and normal - Milana had shut down. And poor Dahlia wasn't far behind.

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(and yes....that really is me in a........not black piece of clothing. I know, it's shocking. But I digress.)

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Poor, sweet thing.
And now, just look at her - 6 months later.

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And her schnobbely nose.
I just love that face!

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Milana has come so far and our family is so much richer and happier (and crazier) with her in it!

This is Milana (Banana) today!
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Keep going, sweet one. You've only just begun.

How is it that God chose us to be your family? We don't know....but we thank Him for you.

We love you Milana!


Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

6 months does make a difference. They are now both happy with their mom and dad. :)

Buckeroomama said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet! I love that last one, ooh the happiness in that smile! What a sweetheart. :)

Ellie said...

oh poor sweetheart - the process really is all so difficult isn't it? All worth it as you can see by Milana's beautiful smile in that last photo!

She is a beauty :)

Dita said...

OH, that first photo of Milana just breaks my heart but the ones of her today...well, they melt it!

I LOVE the one you blew up. Milana's face is so incredibly expressive...she is a true beauty.
I laughed watching the Hawaiian Girl getup in this FRIGID temperature! What a doll.

Oh, and by the looked amazing in that blue....just gorgeous!

Happy 6 Month's Home Milana!


Love Letters To China said...

Happy 6 months home!!! Isn't it amazing how quickly time goes by and how resilient these kids are? Your photos of Milana in her daddy's arms for the first time are heart breaking. They look very similar to the ones we have of Liam. Your pictures are proof that love and family are the key to raising wonderful children. The last photo is adorable of her with the tutu. Pure happiness!

JinXiu said...

Happy 6 Months together

she is georgous and looks very happy. It just goes to show you that you are doing a terrific job. She is very lucky ( and so are you)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy 6 Months!!

It is amazing to look back and see how that traumatized little girl has adjusted and fit so beautifully into your family. It is so evident that she is such a happy little girl:)

Whenever I see pictures of the first "Family Day" I can't help but feel so sorry for the babies...... As exciting as it is for us, the parents, you know that their whole world has been turned upsidedown, but you know in a matter of days, weeks, is all going to change for the better.

These pictures of Milana are BEAUTIFUL...... I especially love the last one with the pink tutu.....SO SWEET!!!



PS....Look at you in BLUE!!!

Daisy Dreams said...

Aww, she looks so sad......but then you look at her now and she is so full of life and happy! It's amazing to see the transition and change in our kiddos!'s a link to a blog that has TONS of helpful hints on blogs/changing codes, etc!

Susie and Gordie said...

What an adorable little! Congratulations on your anniversary!

the greek chinese connection said...

Milana we love you and we love watching you bloom!!!

God bless you and your family




The Sanders Family said...

What a lovely tribute to Milana. And what a beautiful child. Happy six-month anniversary to your family of four!! :)

Lisa said...

Oh, it can't have been 6 mos. already....

6 months of beautiful family making and blossoming ~ for that's what I see in your photos and in each heartfelt post!

I feel so honored to have followed these past 6 plus months and absolutely cannot wait to see the next 6 plus with your lovely family!

Happy 6 mos. Mama!! Beautiful baby girl!!

Gail said...

It really is a miracle isn't far they come(and us too!) I always tell people that. What a beauty she is, can't wait to see what the future holds for her!!!

Donna said...

I can't believe it's been 6 months already. Seems like yesterday and forever all at the same time!

I'm lovin' that last photo though. TU TU cute!!!


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Mahmee said...

Ho boy...that tutu pic is crazy sweet and beautiful. Congrats on your anniversary! She's looking fabulous!

jenbusymom said...

Happy six months! How so much changes so quickly in six months! What a beautiful post, and beautiful black and whites of Milana and great last shot, pure joy!