Happy Birthday, Li!

Tuesday was Li’s second birthday, and with it being so close to Christmas we kept things pretty low key.

Tuesday marked Li’s second birthday (her first with us). With it being so close to Christmas (and with Christmas extended out through early January with both Deb’s folks and my folks visiting over the holidays), we kept the birthday celebration pretty low key. The combination of Christmas, Ian home from school, me home from work, and company in the house has wreaked havoc on any sort of routine we’ve established and it has shown these past couple of weeks particularly in her sleep patterns (and in ours, as a result). So low key seemed a good thing. We had already decided that we will make a little bigger deal in celebrating “Gotcha Day” in a couple months…

Li celebrates her birthday with a bowl of ice cream; not green tea ice cream, but not bad!
Li celebrates her birthday with a bowl of ice cream; not green tea ice cream, but not bad!

Take-away Chinese for dinner, a couple of gifts (which after getting to celebrate Christmas three times in less than two weeks, she is now really good at unwrapping), and two (or “TWO!”, as she says it) lit candles in her ice cream. The look on her face was pretty funny as we sang “Happy Birthday” to her. I don’t know if she was thinking “Why are they singing to me?”, “What’s that noise they’re making?”, or “Why are there lit candles in my ice cream?”

Deb and Li check out a birthday present
Deb and Li check out a birthday present

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Li!”

  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Li!! She is so beautiful. Her hair has gotten so long and thick.

    I can’t believe how fast this last year has gone by.
    It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did have a great reason to celebrate this year.

    Please tell Ian hello. Give us an update on him sometime. We think often about how much fun we all had in China. Now that the girls have settled in, wouldn’t it be nice to do that trip over again? Two weeks to play and hang out in nice hotels just doesn’t happen all that often. 😉

    So good to hear an update on Miss Li. She is precious!!

  2. @Sam: we /did/ have wonderful Christmas. I’ll try to write a bit about that over the next couple days. Li really is doing well; we look at those first photographs of her that we received, and the change is stark. Her hair is thick and long, and it is continuing to fill in. Every time we take her to get it cut, the lady who cuts it comments on that… it is something that she has seen in other kids that get adopted: as they get better nutrition, that’s one of the things that really changes. I know what you mean, too, about our trip to China — we had such a great experience there. We’ve already talked about it and we absolutely will go back when Li is older, so that we can see more of China, but more importantly so that she can see — at least a little bit — where she came from…

    She had a check-up a couple days ago, and she’s up to 28.5 lbs and 33.5 inches, so it’s not just her hair that is thriving!

    Ian is doing well; school is going well, but doesn’t seem to be very challenging for him this year. As a result, there are times where he isn’t very engaged and largely feels that his time is being wasted… he’s playing a bit of indoor soccer these days, which is a good outlet for him.

    Give Jim, Ben, and your Mia Grace a hug from us!

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