Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sisters and friends
If I could have seen these pictures a year ago, maybe I wouldn't have worried so much about Hope. Remember this post? I worried and worried and worried for nothing. I was sure we'd be dealing with some jealousy, anger, having conversations about sending the baby back to the orphanage. Acting out, aggression, withdrawal. I really expected something!
Instead, these two little girls are becoming the best of friends. Hope is Ava's biggest teacher, encourager, cheerleader, peer model, and friend. She (still) is the first to tell me when Ava wakes up, so I can bring her out to play, wants to help me change the diapers, mix up the food, pick out the clothes. She sings to her, fixes her hair, strokes her cheek, reads books to her, plays peek-a-boo, baby dolls, and blocks, carries her around, pushes her in the stroller. She tells complete strangers, "I'm 4 now, just like my baby sister!" And tonight she told me that what she loves best about Ava is how she grinds her teeth and does the splits like Elasti-girl. :)
For some reason blogger put these pictures in backward order, but here are a few sweet photos that I have of the two of them.
Here they are, waiting for Ava's school bus a few weeks ago.
One night I left the two of them on the bed snuggling and singing songs together. When I came back, this is what I found.
Going for a walk.....
And the sweetest of all, the first day they met at the airport 10 months ago. I think it was love at first sight.