Five months ago today we met our beautiful Alexandra. Just look at this shy little girl we met in January! And we knew then, just as we know now, that this girl was our daughter - not our by biology but by choice and love and the grace of God (far stronger reasons than mere biology in my book!).
And look at our zany, beautiful girl today! It is hard to describe the changes that have blossomed in Sasha over the past weeks. Between a mouth that's working for her and clear hearing (thank you, ear tubes!) Sasha's real personality is spilling out - and she is full of it (personality, that is)!
I wouldn't have believed it was possible five months ago, but our daughter is a chatterbox! Sasha was a sermon illustration today in church and as soon as she saw her picture displayed on the screen she punched her little fist in the air and started loudly chanting, "Sasha, Sasha, Sasha!" (well, it sounded like, "Gagah, Gagah, Gagah" but we knew what she was saying - her excitement left little room for confusion). She mimics us all the time and most of her signs are now accompanied by vocalized words as well. Besides her near-constant babbling, we catch her running around the house repeating phrases to herself like, "Good job, Sasha" and, "Yay Sasha!" It is adorable.
Sasha has even mastered the use of a straw! And we did a little experiment last night and confirmed that if we feed her copious amounts of ice cream very quickly, she even gets brain freeze :) Go repaired palate!
We are so grateful for our joking, affectionate, energetic, babbling, crazy little girl. And what a joy to celebrate the five-month anniversary of our relationship on Father's Day!