Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Look at her now!

We have updated photos of our daughter thanks to Ann at Red Thread China! Click on image to enlarge.


Doesn't she look like the sweetest little girl? Part of me wants to just scoop her up and bring her home to the family who is waiting so patiently for her and part of me feels so guilty for what we are about to put her through. This may sound strange for those of you still waiting for your referrals, but once you know who your daughter is and can stare endlessly at her photos you start to feel sad about turning her little life upside down. I know that she will have a much better life with a family of her own who will love her unconditionally, but right now at the age of 20 months she thinks the orphanage is home and the nannies are her caregivers. The idea of what she will have to go through those first couple of weeks with us in China grieving for her home and caregivers tears my heart out. I wish there was a way for her to transition more slowly to our family without all the heart ache.

It's amazing to see how much Lauren has changed from her first photo to the one we just got. It's wonderful to see her looking so healthy and cared for in all her photos.

34 comments:

chicknboy said...

she is just adorable! love the little pout in the one pic -and she's so precious in the other with her thumb up to her mouth.

am praying for all of you as you transition to a family of 3, but especially for her little heart as she leaves all she's known to come and trust and love you.

PIPO said...

Oh wow! Lauren is just beautiful. What a treat to get updated photos.

kelly said...

Precious! That's amazing to get updated pictures!

Catherine said...

Look how your precious little girl is growing! Soon that will be happening when you're with her.

Praying for all of you as you prepare to meet. I understand your heart wanting to make the transition as easy as possible. I too wishe the transition time wasn't quite so abrupt for the babies. Will pray specifically for your when Lauren is placed in your arms.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Donna.. she is sooooo BEAUTIFUL..
I have tears in my eyes.. She will go through a rough time but she will forget once she knows that she has the best mommy and daddy ever..
I am soooo HAPPY for you my friend..
Hugs..

Mya said...

Donna,
What a beauty. How amazing that you got updated pictures! I wish we would have known the possiblity back when we were waiting to travel. She is so beautiful! And look at that hair coming in. You will be amazed how well she'll adjust. I understand your your feelings but she will be just fine will all the love from you and Joe.
Can't wait to follow you to China. You will be blogging?

Cora said...

How precious and what a great gift to get updated pictures. Even though we are still waiting I totally understand you, her world will be turned upside down and backwards but since you are going into it prepared will be an advantage.
I hope the next month flys by for you so you can scoop her up as soon as possible

Gail said...

Is she a cutie or what!
What a doll!

I understand your feelings/concerns about Laurens transition.
You and Lauren are in my prayers for a smooth transition

Looking forward to seeing her scooped into your arms.

Michelle said...

She gets more beautiful with every photo.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

sweet picture

Do you have updated measurements? She looks really tall.

Jacquie said...

Oh Donna, she is the sweetest-looking little thing. And I totally get what you mean about the guilt factor. I still feel it on occassion even though Lily is thriving. I think it's called being a mom. :)

MotherMotherOcean said...

That is really nice that you got new pictures. You can see her walking and doing things... that is great. She is beautiful.

Shannon said...

She is beautiful!! Look at all that hair! And those cheeks are just dying for 800 kisses.

I know exactly how you feel. It's hard to think that you are going to be responsible for a bit of sadness in her life. But think about all the joy you'll give too. Concentrate on that. :-)

Anonymous said...

I dropped by to see how things are going..and LOOK at all the great news!! TA, beautiful updated pics and lots of fun preparations going on!! I cannot wait to follow along!!! :) Bobbi (mommy to a Maonan angel named Maddie!)

Karrie said...

She is just GORGEOUS!!!
I have been following along for quite a while and I am so happy for you!
I hope her transition is a smooth one.
Best wishes!
Karrie in IN

Tonya said...

I'm so glad you were able to get updated photos, she looks adorable!

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

You are smart to be prepared -- I hope her transition will be quick! It may be a few rough days/weeks, but she will learn quickly how much you love her!

Carol said...

Donna she has such a sweet face.

We went thru some of the same feelings, in fact, I still feel like I'm not doing enough for her, I guess it's something we just have to get thru.

She looks like she is receiving a lot of great care. Congratulations !

OziMum said...

I think you are waiting incredibly patiently!!!

How awesome is that?! That you have recent photos!! Just beautiful. (I LOVE all Lauren's hair!!)

PS my word verification is "scabies".... nice, huh?!!

Squeakerabudhabi said...

Hi and congratulations! Your little girl is so beautiful! My husband and I have been married for only a few months, but we are already looking into China adoption. Blogs like yours are so helpful - thank you for putting your journey out there for all to follow! Could I ask how you went about selecting an adoption agency? It is such a difficult decision, and we have no idea where to begin...any and all advice would be fabulous! Congrats again! I hope everything goes smoothly for you in your process to bring your sweet little girl home!

Shauna said...

She is just so sweet we too can't wait to hear of your adventure to China. Donna and Joe, we are so happy for you and wow Lauren is one lucky little girl!

lots of love,
Shauna and MacLean xo

Doreen said...

Just know that Lauren will not remember the transition like you will.
She is getting cuter and cuter (is that even possible?).

Doreen in Montreal single mom to Faith-Jiangxi & Mia-Sichuan

Shannon said...

Lauren is simply lovely! =)

Alyson and Ford said...

So sweet!! Aren't you glad to have some photos of her life. I bet you find some more!

Alyzabeth's Mommy of Ten Weeks!

Marshmallow Circus said...

She is completely adorable! I remember having those same feeling about picking the girls up from their foster home. I was so happy for us, but so sad, they had been there for 6 months and created a bond. Now they are super bonded with us and do not seem to remember their early life.

Julie said...

She is so very beautiful.

Diana said...

OMG..she is adorable. I just can not wait to see the pictures of her in your arms. January will be here before we know it:)

Christie said...

AMAZING! Donna, you must be chompin' at the bit to get the heck out of dodge and get to her...

I'm so happy for you!

cb

Scott and Kim said...

Wow, what a treat to get updated pictures. Lauren is SO beautiful... and it seems that she may already like dogs! :-) It sounds like you are very sensitive about what is yet to come in Lauren's life, that is good for all of you. In just over a month you will be heading to China, yipee!!!

redmaryjanes said...

She's absolutely darling, and I think she will transition well. You are going to be marvelous parents. I am so happy for you guys!

Kathryn and Kevin said...

I haven't been keeping up with the blogs the way I use to, but she's cuter than ever and I can't wait to follow your trip next month and see you bring her home!

Ash said...

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! CONGRATULATIONS MOMMY AND DADDY!
((HUGS)))) ash

sierrasmom said...

Donna , she is adorable!!!! Just think, it won't be long now!!!!
Kathie

Kristy said...

She is just gorgeous and yes she looks so sweet!