marks the two-month anniversary of the day we met Lydia and the
three of us became a “Forever Family”. Truly, it
seems like we have had her much longer than only two months!
Since our return home Lydia has grown by leaps and bounds! The
first three weeks were difficult for all of us as we struggled
to adjust to each other amid difficult circumstances (I had a
horrible sinus infection, Jonathan was gone to Chicago for a
week with his job, etc.) However, we made it through a rough
beginning and are now much more relaxed and content. Although
Lydia still has struggles from time to time, she is very comfortable
with her home and her mom and dad. As her confidence has grown,
more and more of her personality has come to light. She is a
happy, playful, VERY curious, still independent little 14 ½ month
old! And VERY BUSY!!!
She has had
many “firsts” since arriving home. Here are just
Steps: We got home from China on a Friday and the
following Wednesday, Lydia took her first steps on her own.
She has been going non-stop ever since!
Trip to Medicine Lodge: Labor Day weekend Lydia visited
Medicine Lodge and met lots of family and friends for the first
time. She was very popular!
Birthday Party: Aunt Janet hosted a birthday party
for Lydia during our time in Medicine Lodge. Surrounded by
family and friends, Lydia opened tons of presents and enjoyed
her “Winnie The Pooh” birthday cake and Aunt Janet’s
homemade Oreo ice cream. It was a BIG day for Lydia!
Boo Boo: Lydia is a “climber” and very
brave. She is constantly bonking her head, but she rarely cries.
However, one day she fell backward on one of her toys and hit
her head, which caused her to bite her lip. Yes, there was
blood and crying involved. But she survived without too much
Trip to the Park: Lydia and Mom joined our friends
Jenelle, Caden and Devin at the park. Although Caden and Devin
are energetic little boys, they were very sweet and patient
with Lydia. We hope they can come play again soon!
Animals: The day we got home from China, Lydia was
introduced to our cats. At first she was intrigued, but now
she ignores them—unless they are on mom’s lap!
The cats are really not too impressed with Lydia. Of course,
if someone pulled my whiskers and yanked my hair out by the
handful, I wouldn’t like them much either!
Wedding: Lydia attended her first wedding on September
3rd. We never had to leave the sanctuary, but it was close!
Congrats again to Michelle and Joe!
Professional Pictures: Not the best experience for
any of us! Lydia is not fond of posing for pictures. We can
also add “First Episode of Projectile Vomiting on Dad” to
this event. Fortunately it happened after the pictures were
Trip to the Zoo: Mom took Lydia to the zoo just a
few days ago. Lydia’s favorite animal is a human—she
loves people and is distracted by anyone who happens to walk
by. Still, she paid more attention to the animals than I thought
she would and was very wide-eyed when she saw the elephants!
She loves being outside so the zoo was a definite hit!
Teeth: Well. . . not exactly. Lydia had four teeth
when we got her. But two more have shown up since then, bringing
the grand “tooth total” up to six!
There is so
much more we could tell you about our “beautiful treasure”,
but I think at this point we’ll let some pictures do the
talking for us. (For a little more information about Lydia, go
to the FAQ page of the website!) We’ll
try to do better with updating the website—many of you
have requested this! HA! If you would like an email notification
when we add something new, please let us know by sending an email
We’d be happy to add you to the list!