Saturday, September 20, 2008

We Have Our FIRST Giggle!

10PM Update:
As feared, Alyzabeth is inconsolable once more at night and continues to wail in the room or with Aly wandering the halls carrying her. Hard to say how long it will last. A couple of more hours or all night. There is just really nothing you can do for her. We could only wish it was something as simple as needing a clean diaper or something to eat...
Prayers for Aly as I can't hold Alyzabeth or console her. To say it's going to be a long night is a whale of an understatement. Night time is not our friend.

OK, we celebrated her first BM so it only seems right that we celebrate her first giggle! :)

Today has certainly been one of those days where we pinch ourselves and wonder when all heck breaks loose once again. And it will but we're going to enjoy our daughter enjoying herself for the time being! Not only did we get our first giggle today we had our first pulling of mom's hair, Aly loved that one :) She had her first taste of ice cream and she jabbered at us in what had to be some form of 2 year old Chinese. Hey, we're tickled to hear her say anything! She is running (literally running) around the room and playing. Honest to goodness playing, complete with smiles and giggles and then runs to mom with her arms reaching up for her! Oh yeah, we've been waiting for this :)

Alyzabeth An is beginning to show herself to us! YES!!!
We are so proud of how brave and strong this little girl is... Of course, let's keep this in perspective, we haven't tried putting her to bed yet :) At this point we are most definitely in the two steps forward, one step back mode. Please Lord, let her (and us) sleep is in our nightly prayers :)

We headed down to the People's Assembly Hall this morning and also took a tour of the Three Rivers Gorge Museum. And still the most exciting thing was watching our daughter having a good time. We also had Alyzabeth's original Chinese name done to eventually have it matted and framed as a gift down the road. We also purchased a handmade colored print that will also be gifted to her a some future time. We included the video of it being done along with one of her giggles...

Having trouble uploading the video of her name being painted, will add it when things are working again. I'm suspecting bandwidth issues as we're also having trouble getting the video to work with SKYPE.
In the meantime, here's a photo of Aly and baby girl crashed after a walk back from the bookstore. The heat and humidity of Florida has met its match in the heat and humidity of Chongqing. They both can be brutal!

Well, must run again. Heading out to buy a birthday cake and some pizza and then tonight I'm sharing in a Hot Pot Dinner with the guys while Aly tends to baby girl.

Post again soon.
ac & fm & aa


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I am sooo excited for you all..
Alyzabeth An only has more love to show her mommy and daddy..
Have a Great Day..

FinsUp said...


Billy and Maggie said...

YEAAAAA...I was looking forward to this post!

OH MY #6 said...

sounds like things are really progressing nicely.


Shane & Irma said...

Yeah! thing are looking good.
Have a great weekend..

redmaryjanes said...

How wonderful!
It's all beautiful from here on out. I am so happy for you guys. I am sending much love your way. What an absolute darling she is!

Briana's Mom said...

Nothing is better than hearing those giggles!

Johnny said...

Happy Birthday little A!

But indeed, YOU have given your parents a birthday present on this day.

Catherine said...

Those adorable baby giggles are THE BEST!! They're wonderful for us to hear but even better knowing the reason we can hear them is because Alyzabeth An is doing so much better! PTL!! The magic 72 hour mark has come and gone and your little sweetie is feeling more at home. What a happy day!! Thank you SO MUCH for all of your updates! Each morning I cannot wait to wake up and see what you've written and the daily videos. Great job Ford!

rubyiscoming said...

A is 2! A is 2! Happy birthday, sweet little one :)
And agree with Dr. Johnny - the giggles present was an amazing gift for you guys. I had chills watching the video.


AJ's Mama said...

More and more wonderful each day! I am so happy for the 3 of you. I still get teary each time I come to your blog. I just have so much happiness for you. What an amazing little girl.


a Tonggu Momma said...

And now WE are GIGGLING, filled with joy that the transition continues. Happy Birthday, dear little Alyzabeth An. And blessings to y'all!!!! (We celebrated the Tongginator's birthday while in China - be sure to get on video someone singing the Happy Birthday song in Mandarin -- that was one of our favorite parts of our video.)

Laurie said...

What a GREAT video! :-) Sending prayers for all three of you that A will be able to sleep some tonight. Hang in there.

Melissa said...

YIPPEE SKIPEE is the words she'll learn from her Aunti M! Those are my words of love, fun, amazement adoration!
Love, Mel

Don and Be said...

O God, we thank You for Alyzabeth An's progress in bonding to Ford & Aly. We are grateful that we could be at the breaking point and that giggles are beginning to surface. We pray all get the sleep they need and that Alyzabeth begins to allow Ford some of the parenting roles that will take some of the load off Aly. Thank you that they are now a family and may they continue to grow in Your love and peace.
Amen & Hallelujah!

PIPO said...

Smiling for you. Gotta relish those steps forward when you get 'em!

Sophia's Mama said...

Oh this made me smile... She is making progress. That laugh is music to your ears I am sure. Alyzabeth and Sophia have a very similar laugh...I was watching the video while Riz napped next to me on the couch he woke up and said that is Sophia. I said no she is still napping, he said that sounded exactly like Sophia's laugh....

Diana said...

That had to be one of the sweetest laugh I have ever heard!!!

Doreen said...

That is, by far, the sweetest music I've heard in a long time!!! Congrats!The "baby steps" are starting to unfold. I'm just thrilled for you guys. As for'll get that in about 20 years...if you're lucky!!!!
Doreen in Montreal single Mom to Faith-Jiangxi & Mia-Sichuan

Anonymous said...

HAPPY Birthday Alyzabeth An! I thought of you when I woke up this morning. :)

It all takes time. The picture of Aly and AA is precious. It reminds me of the days laying with MA. Those are memories to cherish forever!

Tears are flowing as I read your posts of my memories (gone so fast) with MA and MNM.

I love you all!
Mia lou

Daniella said...

Happy Birthday Alyzabeth! Giggles - good stuff.

Nina said...

That giggle is the most wonderful sound imaginable!!

Happy birthday to Alyzabeth An!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a wonderful giggle....that is music to the ears!!

Just saw the update....2 steps forward, 1 step back...hang in there Aly!


Truly Blessed said...

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

Her giggle is such a magical sound. Music, I'm sure, to your ears.

Slow and steady wins the race, remember. Your girl has gone through so much, I know you know and understand that. You're doing all of the right things, and it WILL get better!

Sammi said...

Oh the joy of the sound of laughter!!!! I love it! Just keep on keeping on. It's working! She's going to be just fine!