This weekend we've had a couple of firsts. On Saturday, some of the ladies from our church family held a shower for Li Lin. Sara and Rykauna attended while Li Lin stayed at home with da gege, xiao gege and baba. First time away from mama. Sara explained to her that she would be gone for a little while and Li Lin was ok with it. We went to the library to get some books - Li Lin is starting to show interest in looking at books. It seems she may not have been exposed to many of them before. We then stopped by the park on the way home.
This evening, Sara and the three oldest all went to the evening church service we usually attend on Sundays. Once again Sara told Li Lin that she and the kids were going and that Li Lin would stay home with baba. A big nod and smile was all Sara got. Li Lin and I had a great time (mostly me pretending to be sick so Li Lin could fix me up), but she started asking for mama shortly before Sara got home. I told her mom was coming and stalled her with a variety of tactics (ice cream feed worked the best). Even an offer to brush her teeth (this is a favourite activity that can sometimes take a while as it often leads to a sink full of water as she washes her hands repeatedly) didn't work as she stated she'd brush with 'mama'.
Eventually, Sara and the kids got home. Li Lin was precious running to Sara and jumping in her arms and squeezing tightly. What was really heartwarming was later on, Li Lin calling me to join in the hug with her and Sara, a big smile on her face. She then called to her three siblings and we had a great big family hug! Three times (we put an end to it as a couple kids needed a bite to eat before bed) she called each of us by name to come and join in the big hug. It seems she's starting to know who her nuclear family is. Great news!
|Rykauna was experimenting with our camera and had a very willing model in Li Lin|
|Li Lin saw this dress after the shower and wanted to put it on right away.|