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17 posts from October 2005

October 04, 2005

Let's back up a little bit

Here's a very early picture of Gwen. This is the picture used for her "finding ad". How old is she? It's hard to say for sure but I looked at pictures of my son at age one and two months and this picture seems to be about there. I'm guessing about 6 weeks old. Remember that Gwendolyn was declared to be one month old when she we found.

It's interesting to see that she appears to be wearing the same shirt in both pictures. She's about 11 months old in the 2nd picture. This was one of our referral pictures.

I wonder what the shirt says? Anyone know?

Update: Thanks to my friend, Eva, here's a translation of the shirt: "It says by sound: Li Lei You Xing Yuei You Wei Lai. That's eight Chinese characters, their literal translation goes like this: Li = benefit, Lei = happiness, You = have, Xing = emotion, Yuei = educate, You = babe, Wei Lai = future. I think Li Lei may mean the orphanage. It says something like: The orphanage cares, teaches baby about the future."

Okay, the shirt is less of a mystery now that I've looked at some pictures of other kids from the Shenzhen SWI. This shirt must have been a bargain when purchased in bulk!

October 02, 2005

Please don't tell our Social Worker...

Maybe you've noticed the bruises on dear little Gwen's forehead? She had one on Gotcha day but, just when one heals, she gets another. First day we had her, she did a swan dive off the bed in the hotel room. We almost expected someone to knock on our door and revoke our adoption certificate!

Since then, she's managed to smack into something just about every single day! She ran across the family room and tripped over her own foot and hit her forehead on the book shelf. The next day, she did the same thing but hit her cheek on the step. Then she climbed out of her crib in the middle of the night and landed on her face (another bruise just under her eye).

Then, when we were at the park, we dropped her again (see below).

Okay, we didn't really drop her -- this is a slide. And she wasn't even hurt a bit. Believe it or not, she loved this slide!

She's an active 15 month old who just recently found her feet and boy does she like to use them! She's fearless and will run full steam across a room without ever looking down to see what she might be plowing over. Our cats have learned to get out of her way -- quick!

She keeps us on our toes constantly but she's such a joy! She hardly ever cries and seems to constantly wear a smile. But maybe she should be wearing some bubble wrap too!

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