Sunday, May 28, 2006

Look out--it's toddler time!!!

Well, it has been a while since we've posted much of anything, so we thought we'd post some of Lindy's latest pictures and provide an update. I know she's growing and am sure her looks are changing, but since I am with her all day, I don't notice it as much as others probably do. One thing I know for sure is that we DEFINITELY have a toddler in the house.
Lindy looking cool at the wedding
Two weeks ago I noticed signs of toddlerhood fast approaching, and then last Monday it seemed like it hit all at once!!!

The first sign was concerning...EATING & DRINKING. Lindy, aka the human garbage disposal, started rejecting the baby food we previously couldn't feed to her fast enough. Apparently she prefers table food like pork tenderloin, feta cheese, and Greek olives over pureed peas and creamed spinach. Go figure??!!! Crawling across the floorSo, now my challenge is to creatively present new HEALTHY foods to her and dice them up in small enough pieces for her to swallow, but big enough for her to pick up, because it seems like she wants to have more of a hand in the process. I am learning I am a bit of a control freak. I don't want to give her free reign of feeding herself because I can't stand the mess. It seems like there is going to need to be some compromise here. Concerning drinking, she can now drink from a sippy cup and she has started drinking milk instead of formula. I can't bear to give up the bottle yet in the morning or before bedtime because it is such a sweet time when she really still seems like a baby. I PROMISE I won't let it go forever.
I learned how to use a sippy cup
Let's see another sign of toddlerhood...MOBILITY. Since we've been home, Lindy has demonstrated signs of frustration over lack of mobility. Yet, she didn't really seem interested in crawling. While I had seen Lindy successfully pull herself up on the couch a few weeks ago, she still seemed to struggle with it until about two weeks ago. All of a sudden it seemed like she could pull herself up with little to no effort almost everywhere. Then one day I walk in to get her from her nap to find her standing in her crib. WHAT??? Don't tell daddy - I'm in his chair.Where's the baby who reaches up for me and smiles when I come in to get her??? Then the next day I went in to get her and she was sitting, which means she got herself into the sitting position. She also gave in to her stubborness and started crawling. I don't think walking will be far behind. Today when I put her down for a nap she wasn't too happy about it. I heard a thud and then a cry that sounded like a hurt cry. Then I heard some kicking, so I figured she probably had kicked kind of hard. I opened her door slightly but the cry had already stopped, so I didn't go in to look at her because I didn't want her to get mad. So, I closed the door. I have the remote.Then I heard some more kicking. I left to go to the grocery store and when I got home 45 minutes later, Don was making up her crib, which was now on the lowest rung. He, too, heard some kicking--AGAINST THE DOOR OF HER ROOM. I guess the thud must have been her flipping herself out of her crib. Do we have a future gymnast on our hands?

Lindy's keeping us on our toes and we are having lots of fun. She is exploring like crazy, curious about everything, and quite the social butterfly. She kisses, hugs and pats us on the back, says a few words, and makes funny faces. She is teaching us patience and that not everything will go as planned--and that's okay. Above all, she's teaching us more about love.

If you're still reading, thanks for indulging us! You've been a great audience. :o)

Until next time...

Don, Lisa, & Lindy

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Lindy here.

Sadly my cheer today is No SPURS No, instead of Go SPURS Go. Lindy in her Spurs jersey.Unfortunately, my favorite basketball team will not repeat as World Champions this year. I did my best to cheer them on, but since all the games were past my bedtime I don't think my day cheering helped much.

Thought I'd show off my new Spurs jersey, though. It's a hand-me-down from my friend, Jake Johnson. His Mommy decorated it with rhinestones just for me. How sparkly and special!!! It is Manu Ginobili's number. He's awesome, despite his mistakes down the stretch.

Mommy & Daddy couldn't get too good of a shot of me, but you get the idea. Daddy is not wearing the bow--I am (but not for long).


Monday, May 15, 2006

Thoughts about my first Mother's Day


Yesterday was a special day for me. It was a day I had looked forward to for years. It was my first Mother's Day. However, I have to admit I did experience the day with mixed emotions and bittersweetness.
When Lindy and mommy first met.
For years Mother's Day has been a bittersweet day for me for many reasons. Each Mother's Day I celebrate being blessed with a kind and beautiful Mom who continues to love me with all my imperfections. She loves me unconditionally and understands me more than anyone on this earth. That's a lot to celebrate!!! So why if I have such a wonderful Mom is Mother's Day a challenge?

Of course there were the years of wanting to be a Mother but not knowing what God's plan for me was. So, now that's over. I have a beautiful daughter and rejoice over that. Why the mixed emotions, still???

I just can't go through Mother's Day without thinking of the pain of those who have lost their Mothers, those who want to be Mothers and are dealing with infertility, those who are orphans and don't know a Mother, and now I think about a special Mother who gave up her daughter (ironically born on Mother's Day 2005) so I could be a Mother.

Even though the Chinese probably don't celebrate Mother's Day like we do, I am sure not a day goes by that this special Mother doesn't think of the daughter she brought into this world. First trip to the pediatrician.I don't know what her circumstances were, but I know as a result of her physical pains of labor and her emotional pain, I have been given a treasured gift. I pray that whatever pain she has experienced will subside and that she will feel at peace with her decision and somehow know the baby she gave birth to is loved more than she could ever imagine. Going walking at the mall with my friends.I am eternally grateful to her and could not celebrate this special day without mentioning her.

It was a sweet day. Lindy and Don gave me a gold and silver locket so I can keep pictures of Lindy close to my heart. I am truly blessed! Thank you to everyone who sent me sweet cards and recognized me on this special day. Thank you to my mom for teaching me how to be a good Mom and for all the other special Moms I know who are encouraging me along this new journey of Motherhood.
First Mother's Day.
Just thought I'd include some Mother and Daughter shots from the past month and a half.

That's all for now!


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lindy's first birthday

Look at me, I'm one!!!

Monday, May 8th was Lindy's first birthday. Lindy and Mommy spent the day together playing and having fun. Mommy, aka Lindy's personal assistant, also answered several calls specifically for Lindy. Who knew a one year old could spend so much time on the phone? I am not sure how much business she took care of, but I am pretty sure she got serenaded several times.

Although several people asked if we were going to have a big birthday bash for Lindy, we opted to have a nice quiet evening with just the three of us--and that was just perfect!

Mommy made strawberry cupcakes with girly pink frosting for the occasion. Everyone wore goofy hats, even Hi the cat. Hi kept his hat on longer than Lindy.

Lindy got her first taste of sweets. I am not sure she liked the frosting so much, but she LOVED the cake part. She took it slow, but managed to eat most of the cupcake. She made a mess, but not too bad. We did catch her licking the plate (she must've learned that from Daddy), which proved she is not quite ready to use dinnerwear yet. She got lots of fun cards, and some special presents.

Although we were only together one month of her first year, it has been a wonderful month watching her flourish and grow. We can't lament the months and days we've missed, but look forward to the days, months, and years we have in the future.

Lots of love,
Don, Lisa, & Lindy

Lindy blowing out her candle and making a wish.

Having fun eating cake!

I'm a MESS!

Opening presents. Yes, she loves the paper! She even tried to eat it.

A beautiful necklace to wear.

Mickey & Minnie Mouse
Mickey Mouse from Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What I've been doing for three weeks

Hi everyone,

Lindy here. They say babies from Hunan are very clever. I'm bloggin'--how's that for clever?!

Lindy with Grandma and Grandpa
Today marks one month that I have been with my mommy and daddy and tomorrow marks three weeks that I've been home. Wow! I'm not sure if anyone's checking this blog anymore, but just in Lindy and Megancase, I thought I'd tell you what I've been doing.

Basically, I have had a very full social calendar. Of course you already know I met Grandma & Grandpa Caples. Grandma calls every so often to talk to me so I don't forget her. I miss them. :o(
Lindy and KimI have also met so many new friends. I've been to both Mommy and Daddy's work, I've been to church, I've been walking at the mall with some of my new friends, and I've been to WalMart and the grocery store. I'm one busy girl!

I have also been eating Lindy with Katie and Annalike a queen. There have been all these nice people who have cooked yummy dinners for us, and lots of nice people who have invited us to dinner. I really don't turn down anything, and am glad to get away from all the congee I was eating in China. Of course, if I don't watch it, I'm going to be in a size 12 months before I know it.

Last Lindy with CliffTuesday I went to the pediatrician. I had two shots. I wasn't thrilled about it, but the nurse put two sparkly bandaids on my thighs, so I survived. I'm not sure who cried more--me or Mommy. I was 18 pounds and Dr. Groos thought I looked really healthy.

Lindy with Jean and MommyI don't get to watch much TV. So far, only sports and news. I clap when Mommy says, "Go SPURS go!" I clap for Phil Mickelson when I am watching golf. I put both arms in the air when Mommy says, touchdown." I love to watch the weather--especially when there's a storm brewing; the colors are so pretty.

Lindy with DenisaI like to read. I can say, "MaMa, DaDa, and Hi." I am also working on ball and baby. I can quack like a duck and bark like a dog. I also can sign "more" when I want some more food. Of course, I perform all my tricks at my discretion.

Daddy went back to work on Monday, so Mommy is flying solo. So far, she's doing okay. I keep her on her toes, though. Today, I pulled myself up from a sitting position on the floor to a standing position along the couch. I am not so interested in crawling, Lindy with Jaime and BeckI think walking will be more fun.

Well, that's about all I have to report. It's been a full three weeks and a wonderful month. I don't think I've had my picture taken in the past couple of days, but here are some pictures of me with my new loved ones.
Lindy and Ann