Happy 2nd Birthday!

August 20th was Alex’s second birthday, and the first one we got to spend with her. We got her a Disney Princess kitchen set. For reasons I won’t go into here, we began assembling it at 12:30 Saturday morning. We finished at 2:30 Saturday morning. (Give us a break, we’ve only been through one Christmas and one birthday–save your toy assembly horror stores for another time, OK?)

Alex woke us up at 7:30 singing “Happy Birthday” to herself. Fortunately, she only knows the first two words, so it was a short serenade.

She loved the party. I’m not sure she completely understood why we had assembled an audience for her, but she put on quite a show. She demonstrated “SUMO!”, “YMCA,” and spontaneously counted to 10.

Her Ariel cake was a big hit, but opening presents was the high point.

She didn’t want the party to end. Although all the guests had left, at 9:00 pm she was still going strong.

After a good night’s sleep, she was still in a party mood, and insisted on wearing a party hat to eat breakfast. Someday, we need to explain that birthdays last only one day. For right now, we’ll just let her enjoy it.

Referral day + 365


One year ago at this time, we were three quarters of the way through the list of phone calls we wanted to make to let people know about our referral. We had a passport-size photo, two 4×6 prints, and a medical history that was mostly in Chinese to introduce our new daughter.

So much has happened. But here’s the most compelling way to tell the story.

Here’s that referral photo:

And here’s Alex, at bedtime tonight: