Saturday, February 28, 2009

Another Birthday! And a First One, Too

This marks Hannah's third birthday with us.

Wow! Has a lot changed since then. She came home unable to speak barely a lick of English and now is reading everything she can get her hands on!

She was only about 50 pounds and a hair over 4'6" then, but today at her check up weighed in at a healthy 85 pounds and 5'2", telling me in no uncertain terms that my daughter inherited her birthmother's BMI gene...which was a good thing considering the gourmet menu of sloppy joes, tater tots and carrot sticks (yes, she really asked for these) and cake she chose for her birthday meal.
No kidding, there were carrot sticks.

And little sisters to help with the present unwrapping

A side note about the cake. The first year she arrived home, her tastes (and her language) were very limited. So, rather than a lengthy explanation, I simply took her to the bakery and allowed her to select whichever cake she wished. She, in her typically unassuming fashion, selected a simple cake with--what she called--the most beautiful pink and yellow flowers gracing the top.

And she was happy.

The next year, for her Almost Sleepover Party, her cake-making diva of a Godmother created the 10 in a Bed cake to absolute perfection.

And she was happy.

This year, with a big grin she said to me, "Mom, can you just make my cake this year? You know, the kind not from a store.
And can you use the heart-shaped pan?
And can I have white cake?
And chocolate frosting? "

And, it probably goes without saying, but boy--- was I happy.

After the family party, she decided to have a few of her closest girl friend's over (and, of course, the sister contingent) for a wonderful beading party done by a lovely woman who came to my house to do the party, while Mr. T and Baby Girl snoozed happily upstairs. If you live in the Fox Valley, you should absolutely check her out! She even does parties for those of us grown-up girls who still like to get fancy and play with beads!

Since (according to the birthdate assigned to us), we technically missed Baby Girl's first birthday. So, we decided to pick a day and celebrate with her. But between holidays and hospitals, we never could find just the right day. But with Hannah's birthday on the horizon and a lone Valentines' Day cupcake sitting sadly on the counter, we decided it was now or never.

Unsure how she would feel about this novel idea, we proceeded with caution.

Turns out, we had nothing to worry about. She warmed up to her new BFF, Cupcake, right away. Now that she definitely inherited from me.

Yeah! Birthday! Yeah! Cupcake! Let's do this again real soon, okay?


Laura said...

She looks so precious and happy.
Happy Birthday to Hannah.

Barb, sfo said...

Happy birthday to your two beautiful girls!

coffeemom said...

Happy happy bdays!!!! LOVE this post, and now, I will pester you. Can you email me, I have a q about the whole older girl transition thing....whenever you have a moment, and if you can't I totally understand too! Thanks! M

Lisa@UnexpectedJourney said...

Happy Birthday to your girls. They're just beautiful!

Life in Fitzville said...

She is just adorable!

Happy Birthday to both girls!

The Dual Role Grandma said...

I absolutely love the birthday hat! And Baby Girl looks like she aboslutely loves birthday cake. I will post one of our "baby" on my blog.

Miss M has me make her cake every year. This is often because of the utter lack of ready-to-eat purple cakes and other cakes in her imagination in the Fox Valley. And don't tell her about the bead lady, or I will be inundated with beads before our big move.

scmom (Barbara) said...

Too cute. What sweet girls (and boys) you have!

Easter A. said...

Already? How very cute! Happy Birthday!

Becky said...

Beautiful girls! Happy Birthday to them both.