July 28th is a special day. Somewhat bittersweet but mostly sweet. It was on that date in 2004 that we first saw the beating heart of our tiny baby on the ultrasound machine in our Doctor's office. It was on that same day that a family in China kissed their 5 week old baby girl goodbye for the last time. That baby was Gwen and while we were celebrating our new (but brief) pregnancy Gwen's family was in mourning. A few months later, we submitted our dossier to China and exactly one year later - on July 28 2005 - we got the call. We had a daughter! I still get choked up when I think about how it felt to hear her name and her birth date and open the envelope and pull out those small photographs.... it felt like magic.
I love the shape of Gwen's mouth. It's small and round and pouty and beautiful. I'm late posting this because I've been scouring my photo archives for photos that illustrate this particular common expression. I couldn't find any non-smiling photos of her in 2008 - I guess that was an especially happy year for her! I really love seeing how much she still looks like her earliest photo. She was four or five months old in that photo an I sure wish I would have been able to kiss that sweet little baby face back in 2004. We have no other baby photos of her so that one is extra special. You can click the image for a larger view.
PS: Another July 28 blessing to our family is Kelsey. Happy 21st Birthday, Kelsey!