Tuesday, May 29, 2007

This Time One Year Ago .....

We met our sweet angel for the first time. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The moment that I had waited for had finally arrived and I could touch her and kiss her and not have to imagine through pictures what she was like. She was 10 1/2 weeks old and was soooo tiny (still less than 10 lbs).

Sometimes it feels like just yesterday and other times it seems a lifetime ago. I suppose it was a lifetime ago since our lives are forever changed.

Here are some pictures from that day.







A few more of the visit trip.

















And this is the face that I now see each and every morning.





Some more pictures taken today.Yes, that is a diaper she is playing with. Sometimes, it's the little things, you know??






Look at that Buddah belly!!



Here, I asked her where her belly was. She now knows her belly, head and mouth. Still working on nose and then we'll move on from there.


The sweetest face in the world.....


23 comments:

Stephanie said...

Soooooooo cute! Gabriella is so beautiful. Her and my daughter Lexi don't look alike asuch anymore. My husband said tht Gabriella is sooooo Gueatemalan looking. He too thinks she is a doll. Did you get my other comment about the agency name?

Carrie said...

What wonderful memories! I am enjoying your reminscing. Such a special day and time. She is SO little! It is hard to remember them that small. Savannah has the same belly. I think it comes and goes. She had it and then she slimmed down and now it is back. I think they are storing it all for later use and then they burn it off as they grow or something. It's a baby thing!

Kim said...

She is just toooo cute (then and now) I love the picture of her showing her belly. Her smile is so contageous!!

Crystal said...

okay where do I start?! Gabriella is officially walking?!!!! OOH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! And Bing in her high chair?!!!!! I am cracking up!!!! I am seriously laughing sooo hard when I saw that picture!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay this post had me all choked up--Can I just tell you--I went from tears to scrolling down trying to catch up and laughing so hard at Bing!!!!

Gabriella is so so beautiful--it was fun to see her as a tiny baby--it just goes sooo fast!!!! I just want to stop time right now!!!

It makes me want to cherish everyday with these little ones-- you know!!!

hugs to Miss Gabriella!!!!!

Lisa said...

That's how I remember Miss G!! A little bitty peanut! I can't get over how big she has gotten! And that she is walking. Yep, our visit does seem like yesterday.

Type (little) a said...

I was just starting to read your blog then. My god, they grow up so fast. I bet you hardly remember the paper chase pain. LOL

When we go to Disney next year, we totally have to introduce Ms. Ducky to Ms. G!

ginger said...

What a great memory!! She was adorable as a baby. I love her little smile/dimples now. Too cute!!

Holly G. said...

It's so weird seeing them so little. I bet, way back then, that you weren't thinking ahead to having a diva on your hands. She is so darn cute and they are the same exact PJ's that G had on last night.

Tom & Caryn Meverden said...

Hi Alleen~
Your daughter is absolutely precious. I love following your blog and have lurked for several months. I love seeing all your pictures since Gabriella is 1 day older than our little Spenser (who is still in PGN - ugh!) It helps me to imagine how big he is and what he might be up to. The last time we saw him was in March and he was just starting to walk at that time - I like to think that he was saving that for us :)

Your captions and narratives always crack me up!!! I've been having a hard time with our process, but whenever I need some cheering up, I can always find myself smiling if I peek at your blog so thank you for that!

All the best!
Caryn

All the best!
Caryn

Bekah said...

Oh my goodness I love that little belly!

Well-heeled mom said...

I love those last two pictures. I am always thrilled to catch The Boy with a serious look - although smiles are great, too!

We are blessed to have these beautiful, happy children in our lives.

Lou said...

Look how precious! She was so tiny when you first saw her....It's wonderful that you will always have that time! And now????OMGoodness...she is So precious!!!

Shelby said...

Oh she was so sweet and little. And now she is a sweet big girl. Breahna has that same orange shirt and belly! Our walking divas...

Trace said...

Gabriella is such a cutie! Yes, I was your SBP.

Lori & Robby said...

Oh, I can't believe how tiny she was! And now, you can just tell how sweet she is by seeing her smile!

Andrea said...

She's SO gorgeous. I love the pictures from the visit trip-I found your blog right before the pick-up trip, so that's first time I've seen those. She's SO tiny. I love her hair now-gotta love the little flippies. She's just gorgeous, Alleen!

Muriel Elrod said...

I am so excited that she is walking. It was great to see the old pictures...I had never seen them. She is so cute and I love the belly! She looks so healthy...you guys have done such a great job!

Anonymous said...

I love the grass pictures. Especially the one where she's pointing at her belly. Too cute.

-Tara

The McKenzie Crew said...

precious memories....

she is just so gorgeous Alleen:)

Staci said...

I can't believe it's been a whole year already! Yikes.

I didn't even realize how much she's grown until looking back at the old pics.

Stephanie said...

It might help if I include an email address. damebeso1@yahoo.com

MMrussianadoption said...

I love the one of her sticking out her tongue. Very cute. Here is to a great year.

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

I love the Buddah Belly. How fast they grow huh? She's a beauty and her hair is getting so long.

Megan