Two years ago today, November 24th, 2009, my sweet baby was placed in my arms for the first time. She was TINY. Beautiful. Worried-but-brave. Curious. Sweaty. Crazy-haired. Serious. And perfect...just so perfect. As we walked into the orphanage I saw a woman and a baby at the far end of a long hallway, and even though we had only a puny postage-stamp sized mugshot of a sleeping newborn that we had been staring at for months, I recognized my daughter. I have a vivid sense memory of the moment when her warm little body was in my arms for the first time and the amazing feeling of RIGHTNESS that came with that moment. It feels like a minute ago and a lifetime ago all at the same time.
Today Adeline wasn't in the mood for pictures and for the first time she actually said "Peese don't take a picture anymore, Mama" after I had only snapped a few. I don't want her to get where she doesn't like the camera, so I stopped even though I wanted to capture the way she looks two years after that amazing day. My mistake was that I was giving her a special meet-i-versary treat of a little morning television at the time so she REALLY didn't want to take her eyes off her special tv friends to do a photo session.
I love you, my big girl. You changed me for the better, you make me happy every single day and no one can make me laugh like you can.