Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Happy 3rd Birthday, La Nina!

Well, I think it is safe to say that after a rough start, La Nina had a Happy Birthday and tonight, we put our 3-year-old to bed for the first time. Here is a run down of La Nina's Big Day.

We started the day off with a bang and went to our 3rd year well baby visit. Going to the doctor while healthy was very confusing for La Nina. She asked many times if she was sick. We did our best to explain the "well baby" visit concept, but we really weren't successful. Needless to say, La Nina was pronounced a healthy, petite 3 year old.

Next, we were off to the Hop Yard San Ramon for a family lunch out. We had a very nice time at lunch and the girls were well behaved.

After a dry, three hour nap, it was present time. Her favorite gift was a set of 6 pairs of dress up shoes. May be we should change her name to Immelda. Maggie gave her sister a Mulan doll and I was surprised La Nina knew exactly who Mulan was. In fact, when I asked her where Mulan was from, she told me that Mulan was from Anqing, like she was. Again, La Nina shocks me with a perfect answer.

Finally, we ended dinner with a cake and rousing version of Happy Birthday. We all enjoyed the cake and as usual, Maggie wore hers. Nothing a quick bath couldn't fix, but ick. So, all in all, a Happy Birthday for my little one.

I can't believe I have a 3-year-old. What happened to my baby? One minute she is a cuddly 9 month old, and the next she is a beautiful, headstrong 3-year-old. We are the luckiest parents in the World to have La Nina in our life.


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