Today marks the one year anniversary of Gabbie being placed in our arms forever. Sometimes it feels like she has been home forever yet I remember that day like it was yesterday.
I remember the nervousness and excitement as we were walking down the hallway to get her. I remember walking in the tiny room at the Westin and seeing her foster mother Lucy holding her in the right corner of the room with tears in her eyes. I remember Lucy handing Gabbie to me and me crying as I held my daughter and knew I would never have to give her back and hugged Lucy to try to console her. Lucy loved Gabbie like her own daughter and I am so grateful for her. Lucy and I still keep in touch and write monthly. She has written some beautiful letters about Gabbie and most recently said she still loves her today like she did a year ago when Gabbie was with her. Let's just say it was a tearful goodbye with Lucy. Steve and I hope one day to be back in Guatemala, perhaps adopting again, and to meet up with Lucy so she can see the beautiful girl Gabbie is growing to be.
Gabbie is doing wonderful. She has gone from a little 5 month old baby who was just learning to roll over, to an active toddler who is now running and talking up a storm. Last Saturday night driving home from grandma's house Gabbie talked the ENTIRE 30 minute car ride. I am not even exaggerating, she talked from driveway to driveway. We couldn't exactly understand everything she was saying, only some of it, but what ever it was did the trick because she managed to keep herself awake all of the way home! She is always being silly and loves to make people laugh. I am amazed by her every day and grateful that I am her mommy.
Now for the pictures!
My silly girl tonight with her toothbrush hanging out of her mouth. She loves to brush her teeth!
My silly girl again sticking her tongue out running away from the camera. I know in this picture she was thinking "ha ha mommy, you can't get a good picture of me" as she ran away.
Here she is again with her tongue out and walking on her knees. I am not sure where this came from but she was doing it a lot on Sunday.
Playing with her potato head. This is the first time I put her hair in a pony tail on the back of her head. I thought it looked cute.
Gabbie loves to sit at her table. She tries to push the computer chair over to her table so we will sit with her. She will pat the other chair that goes with this table and try to get you to come sit on it. She loves it when we sit on each side of her. It is so cute!
Just this past week or so Gabbie has started sleeping with not one, but two stuffed animals. She loves to have elmo and big bird and has to have one on each side. Every night we lay them out and put her right in between them. She then sleeps this way. It is so adorable.