Saturday, March 12, 2011

She's Now a Big Girl




I was finally able to send Jei Jei's care package the other night, via Red Thread China, and Ann received these from Jei Jei's SWI and forwarded them to me. It's amazing how quickly they grow and change! She's definitely gained those three pounds and her face has lost it's tiny girl look. She actually looks like a seven year-old to me in these pictures. She's wearing the same red overalls as in the November 1, 2010 pictures.

She's got attitude and spunk, that's for sure! No doormat here, thank heavens!

It's interesting to me to notice my own reaction to receiving more pictures. I am so familiar with the few I have that my first instinct was to search each one for the most familiar expression, to reassure myself that she's the same little girl I've fallen in love with, then look at the pictures with new expressions. She looks so much older now than she did, but it's only been 5 months since those last pictures were taken. Thankfully, only two more weeks to meet her, only two more weeks worth of missing out on her life.











14 comments:

Cristy said...

Congrats on the new pictures!! I felt the same way with my big girls, that they might bring me the wrong baby. I had studied every feature of them, so I was sure they couldn't switch on me; LOL!

Can't wait to follow your journey to China! She is beautiful and has a joy in her eyes.

Anonymous said...

She is so cute.

Susan and Kate
b: 7/15/03
a: 9/18/06

Anonymous said...

Precious!!! You're so lucky to have so many wonderful pictures of her. It won't be long now. I'm so happy for both of you.

p.s. I only know how to comment anonymously. I'm the grandmother to two wonderful little girls my daughters adopted in China. I adore them!!!

Chrissy said...

I love them! I cannot pick a favorite they are all so great. The next 2 weeks will fly by and you will be there before you know it.

Karen said...

Yep..just like I was told (I think by our guide), once they find a forever family, the foster family/SWI actually changes the condition of where they live, and start focusing on making sure they are happy and spoiled. I think that's a great thing! She's super cute.

China Dreams said...

Beautiful pictures! She is definitely growing up.

Ruby

K said...

Thankfully, my little girl's living conditions have remained constant. She's been happy and well-cared for ever since arriving at her SWI. The reason she's now thriving and sprouting is because after the last surgery in Oct. she was given the go-ahead to eat anything and everything. No more liquid diet. According to American families who visited the SWI and saw her there, she is "the darling of the place" and that was from two different families who travelled one and two years ago.

I realize I might sound Pollyanna-ish about the care my daugther has been receiving, but, for a Chinese orphanage, it has been above and beyond the norm, despite physical conditions that are very spartan and might not be up to our own ideas and standards.

dollsaga said...

she is really beautiful, and I wish you'll bring her home very soon.

B said...

Adorable!! Love how her upper lip puckers slightly over her bottom lip. She's precious and I cannot wait to meet here. <3

Eliza2006 said...

Oh my dear sweet heavens! She is beautiful! I can't wait to meet her someday!!!

Anonymous said...

She's absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to read about your adventures together!

Sandra

karen said...

K-That's wonderful news about the care she's received! I believe our first daughter was also taken really good care of. We visited the SWI, and it was so clean and tidy we were shocked. They're sponsored by HTS, and was the first SWI to be, so I think that had a lot to do with it. I really felt blessed because the entire time we waited, I prayed that our daughter would be taken care of and loved. And I knew once we met her Ay-i that she was.
Of course there will be tough times after the honeymoon stage, but you have done your homework, and you are more than prepared.
I'm so excited for you.

B said...

Stared at your daughter's pictures again today. Those eyes...that smile...darling! She exudes sweetness!

Carrie said...

Beautiful! Since you posted your site on the RQ website, I have been following your adventure! I'm so excited for you and look forward to seeing you united with your daughter!