Probably one of my favorite pictures of Grace. She loves to laugh and smile at me.
I was in the mall today shopping with Grace and this sweet little girl came up to me and asked to see my baby. I showed her Grace and she was just ooohing and aweing (of course). She kept coming up to me and asking to see her, hold her, and touch her. She was 5 and just the sweetest little thing. Then she asked me if Grace grew in my tummy. I know this is a normal question for 5 year olds to ask and I'm so happy that it didn't pain me one bit. I told this little girl that I adopted my daughter and that she grew in her birth mother's tummy and her birth mother gave her to me to be a mommy. This young girl's mom had actually thought about placing her daughter before she was born but with all the emotions surrounding pregnancy decided to parent her daughter. I was able to share my testimony of adoption with this mother and her sweet daughter and let her know how wonderful open adoption is and how grateful I am for Grace's birth parents. It was such a sweet moment for me. I am normally a shy person around strangers but I can go on for hours with anyone about adoption and the joy it has brought into my life.
Grace is growing so much. She weighs 12 lbs, 1 oz and 25.5 inches long. She is almost always smiling and loves to laugh. She is very opinionated at 3 months and knows exactly what she likes and doesn't like. I've used this to my advantage when we go shopping and have her pick out her own clothes. She will coo at things she likes and scowl at things she doesn't. She loves being held and loves to see the world. One of her favorite times of the day is story time and she loves to hold my hand and help me turn the pages. She loves when I sing to her. She is starting to tolerate bath time but still does not like being naked after bath time. She hates falling asleep and would stay up all day long if I would let her. She loves her daddy and will just giggle and coo at him, even when she is supposed to be eating. :) She brings so much joy and laughter into our house. She was sleeping one day and I walked into her room and stared at her and saw a flash of what she would look like as a little girl. I saw her dark hair surrounding her sweet face and was overcome with emotion. I feel so blessed and humbled that I was chosen to be her mother. We pray daily for her birth parents and thank our Heavenly Father for sending them to us.
I feel prompted to say this so I will. :) We are hoping to add to our family again through adoption. We have our adoption blog and if any of you know any expectant mothers who are thinking of an adoption plan, we would love to speak to them. We want as many children as Heavenly Father has in store for us and know that our friends and family can guide us to them.