Happy New Year! I seriously can’t believe we’ve been home with our baby girl for SIX MONTHS! Time is flying by y’all. For whatever reason, I missed the 5 month blog post…oops!! I think we were having too much fun during the holidays! 🙂

Six months later and things are going great!


Attachment: This is something I prayed about for over a year. That our child would attach to us and bonding would go well. Let me tell you, God answered that prayer! Sweet P knows who her Mama and Baba are, and she rarely lets us leave her sight! I’m so thankful. However, I can’t help but wonder what she thinks. Does she realize that we’re here forever? That we’ll never leave her? That strangers are never going to come in the door and take her away? I pray she understands. I think a good sign is whenever we leave the house she says “Bye Pat and Pearl, we’ll be back soon”. At least she has comfort knowing when we leave, we’ll be coming back home.


Language: Her language and speaking is coming along well! She’s starting to form sentences, and some things I’m not sure where she gets it from. Either Mimi or Nana have taught her “yummy in my tummy!” and “uh oh spaghettio” because she says those a lot. We were taking down the Christmas tree and I asked her to hand me the snowflake ornaments to which she responded “I can’t reach those!”. She was digging in my purse the other day and I told her to get out and she said “when we get home you’re going in time-out” HA! SO yeah, speaking and sentences are going well to say the least! We’re hoping to get her into some kind of speech therapy here soon to start forming her sentences and learning more English.


Sleeping: Sleeping is going great! She still sleeps with us, and we love it. The other night I jokingly said “Why don’t you go to sleep in your big girl bed tonight?” and she said “ok!”. I took her upstairs NEVER thinking she would go through with it, laid down with her, and she feel asleep! I was shocked and sad! We left her there for a while, but eventually moved her to our bed because we don’t have a monitor in her room. Something we obviously need to be purchasing soon! It’s funny, she doesn’t toss and turn as much as she used to pre-surgery. Of course she moves around like all toddlers do, but before her surgery it was bad… like she was uncomfortable. Now I know that she’s feeling a lot better because of the way she sleeps.


Food: She’s eating a lot more! The girl will try anything, but bread and meats still aren’t something she likes a lot of. Eggs and bacon are still her favorite as well as any type of soup. Bananas, watermelon, and grapes are always a must. Thankfully we’ve never had to deal with a lot of food issues like many adoptive families do.


Her Health: Her heart and scar are healing very well! We went to the doctor last week and her Oxygen level was 98!! It was so great to see that number (before surgery it was always in the 80’s). She goes back to her cardiologist in February just so he can check and make sure everything still sounds good. We’re praying her heart does well for many, many years to come!

As you can see below we’ve been having a great time with out girl! People ask me how motherhood is going, and I tell them I’m loving it! It’s hard, I miss sleep, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Adoption has been the best thing to ever happen to us. It was a long road, but so worth it! God is good…



  • January 11, 2016 - 5:04 pm

    Sharon Sexton - love her holding the picture of you and your dad. Also her with her Minnie Mouses.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2016 - 7:10 pm

    Kim Ryan - So happy to see all these beautiful pictures! Sweet P is so adorable! I am glad you all had a great holiday 💟ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2016 - 7:34 pm

    Marta - BOY! Is she precious or what? So thankful how well she is growing and thriving in your family! It’s such a blessing to see. Truly! 🙂 It is such an encouragement for a China girl mama to be as we wait to see our daughter’s face. Hugs and kisses to you!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2016 - 4:18 am

    Jennifer - I am so happy to have found your blog and instigram. My husband and I have been married since 11/2005 with major fertility issues. My second opinion was also much better than the first but we’ve had no luck conceiving on our own. We are so thrilled to have just received pre-approval for a 16 month old precious baby girl in China. I knew I always wanted to adopt from China, but thought it would be after a few kiddos we had on our own. I love how God has a plan for us before we even know it 🙂 I can see so many of my feelings in your posts. I pray all the time for God to help my anxious heart. The unknowns, worries, and waiting are tough. This process is not for the faint of heart. Seeing your beautiful family helps me so much! God Bless you all!! Jennifer in Kentucky 🙂ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2016 - 10:47 pm

      joyinthewaiting - Hi Jennifer! I just love your story! Congrats on your journey to adoption! Please reach out to me with any questions that you might have. Praying for you mama!ReplyCancel

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