Isn't she just a doll?! This is why it is so dog gone hard not to share pictures. You want to scream from the rooftops this is my kid and I love her! But, you can't. Summer is holding a photo album we gave her.
This was a sandbox she would play in. It was hard to sit down as the ants made this their home too. Lots of ants. Notice none of us sitting down. Look at that body language. Boy, what a change in her!
Trying to just engage her in activity or conversation. For those new to adoption, please don't be scared if your child acts like Summer. They do come around. Remember, you are a stranger to them in their mind. We kept our distance b/c it was for the best for her. Very hard for us, but best for her.
Yes, sitting down was tough. Plus, it was the middle of summer and hot.
Daddy, building sandcastles w/ his baby girl.
I can't say I miss these days. She was just so, so timid. It was almost hard to watch her in this state. We knew why as we had experience. However, didn't make it any easier. You travel half way around the world and all you want is a hug or just a simple touch of the hand. I know years from now, Summer will laugh at this just as Irina does w/ all her photos from our meeting.
My poor baby. And on my first trip, no way for me to make it any better.
Not going to smile for mom, is she?
Working with Daddy on some coloring. She alternates between left and right hand. She doesn't know which she prefers yet. And I'm talking present day, not back then. This was the closest we could get to her with our first visit.
Oh, if looks could kill. Her hair was long and it was cut before we picked her up on trip two. Girls at home were looking forward to doing her hair. Oops.