Monday, April 30, 2012

1st/4th Birthday!

It's my angel's birthday! She is four years old today! 

I can't believe she is 4 already. She is still so tiny, but she has spunk! She makes up for her small size with her will to survive, her vivacity, with her spirit and curiosity, with her ability to learn, with her love and acceptance.

Today is so momentous for us and Sofie. It is her first ever birthday surrounded by love and a family. She spent three birthdays in a orphanage where they made a cake she may or may not have gotten to eat, got presents that were never really hers. Last year we had a cake for her and sent our love flying to her across the ocean. It was hard. I ached for her.

This year, I feel fulfilled. My angel is safe in my arms. With the help of friends and family I think we gave Sofie the most perfect first family birthday here in Canada. A HUGE thanks goes out to Sofie's Music Together teacher who made an exception and led a short music class. Music class is Sofie's most favorite thing in the world. It was perfect. Sofie was so excited to have Miss K. in her house! All the kids and their prospective parents seemed to have fun too!

The "Hello" song!


Miss Kendra is very animated... Sofie LOVES it!

Tickle time!!!

Fireworks song! 

Sofie was having so much fun.

We had dinner, presents then cake. The house was a little crowded but I think we made do. Sofie did really well. She was happy and engaged the whole time... until about 6:30pm but it was almost her bedtime and she'd been really stimulated for 2.5hrs. I was so proud of her! She is so amazing.

Livi and Sofie started with opening the presents!

Then all the other came to help!... and Sofie played with the wrapping paper.

Cake time! My sister made the music cake!

Happy Birthday Angel. We love you!


And for a short little Birthday photoshoot!

Good morning Birthday Girl!






Frick, I love her :)

2 comments:

Sabrina said...

Happy Birthday to your precious little girl!

I'm so happy to have found your blog. We're in the process of adopting a beautiful little girl with DS from the same country who will be the same
age when we bring her home as Sofie was when you brought her home! So reading about your adoption and Sofie's first months home has been so very helpful!

Our agency requires two trips so we will be hopefully travelling the first time this summer and possibly bringing her home by the end of the year.

Anyway thank you for doing such a great job sharing your journey so others can learn from your experience!

Laura said...

I love her, Katie! And I love your posts. I am commenting on this one because her pictures just melt me... but I am wanting to comment because of your newest post.

I HEAR you, sister. And I get it. The happiness will come. But for now? Feel what you feel. Give yourself permission to deal with the sidetracked path, mourn, be ticked, cry, whatever--becuse the day will come where you will have the good feelings predominate.

And then you will get bigger and uncomfortable and if you're anything like me, you'll be cranky all over again. Thinking of you, my friend.

(my midwife said I'm measuring closer to 14 weeks than 10, so I'm off for a dating ultrasound also!)