While adoption is an incredibly beautiful gift and I honestly feel like Katee has always been my daughter, the hard truth is that I missed nearly two years of her life. The truth is that I am still getting to know her. I am daily fighting to understand her personality and build her trust while also helping her overcome some scars from her past that most certainly affect her behavior today.
New Hope sent me over 100 photos from the 17 months she was under their care. These pictures are precious windows into her early life . . . the part that I missed.
She was probably around 6 months old here. I love this picture because it not only shows her cute personality but also how teeny tiny she is! She has casts on her legs and yet she hardly fills up the Bumbo chair. She is still tiny today. Many people have no idea she is almost 2.
Here she is wearing her brace at perhaps 9 months old? She is supposed to wear that brace at night for three years, but her feet have regressed too much for a proper fit and she wiggles right out of it. We tried really hard to use it while in China . . . for about two nights. ;)
This must have been taken shortly before we got her in November. Those pink heart pants were one of the many layers of clothing she wore on Gotcha Day and sometimes I still dress her in them.
I am so thankful for the glimpses these pictures give of Katee's life in China. They are a blessing. Treasures. I'm thankful I have baby pictures to show her some day when she needs one for a school project or just wants to see them (well . . . starting at 5 months old).
Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will make the trek to the children's hospital to begin casting those precious feet again. We would appreciate your prayers for Katee! She will have a tenotomy (tendon release) tomorrow before casting as well.
Thank you for all your love, support, and encouragement during this beautiful (although challenging at times!) season of life.
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