Happy Birthday Lulu!

My baby girl is two years old today.  She is our joy.  She’s changed so much since we met her, about 14 months ago in an orphanage in Ethiopia.


Lulu loves stickers.  She calls them “stick,” and likes to put them everywhere.  She especially covers a little dry erase board hanging in our kitchen with them.  She can stand on one foot, kick a ball.  She is trying very hard to jump but hasn’t been very successful so far.  She loves to sing “if you’re happy and you know it.”  She is happy, and she knows it.  She has trouble stomping both feet but will stomp the same one over and over.  She also likes to sing “B-I-N-G-O.”  She enjoys playing with a LeapFrog Laptop.  She is quite proficient at opening doors and enjoys opening and closing them.  She also likes to climb on chairs to flip light switches.  Since we returned from Ethiopia with Teme, Lulu has been giving us some looks.  She’s got some mean ones.  Usually I mimic it back to her, and she can’t keep from laughing.  She has a very sweet disposition.  She likes to walk around with a phone or remote control at her ear.  Usually she is talking to me or her nana.  I hear her say “Nana . . .. . . oh? . . . . . . oh yeah.”  She does this while slowly walking about, sort of like Matt paces while he is on the phone.  We may not have birthed her, but she’s just like us in so many ways.  She routinely says “hi” to complete strangers with a smile and a wave at the store or restaurants.  She seems offended when she isn’t noticed or when her friendliness isn’t reciprocated.  She also generally says “bye bye” to anyone leaving a restaurant and walking past us (ok, she’s an extrovert, not like us at all).  She is loving to color now.  She is best with pens since she still likes to eat the tips off of crayons.


To celebrate so soon after Christmas and bringing Teme home, we took her to Chick-Fil-A for dinner and let her play on the play equipment there.  It took a little time to get her to climb to the top on her own, but once she did, she went down the slide over and over again.  That afternoon, we took her to Toys R Us and let her walk around in the store instead of sitting in the cart.  She oohed and aahed over the toys, all smiles.  She got two blue necklaces and 4 matching bracelets and a baby doll that sings number and letter songs.  She is very into jewelry lately.  She usually wants to wear my necklaces and bracelets.  I brought her a colorful beaded bracelet from Ethiopia to play with also.

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