Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Four hundred twenty-one plus one

Maisie was placed in our arms when she was 421 days old and as of today, she's been with us 422 days, one day longer than she lived her life without us.

422 days.jpg_Thumbnail1  KKKFour-hundred twenty-two days a family

When I think about it, I hardly remember our lives before she was with us and though we did miss over a year of her life, I can't explain it but in some ways I feel like she's been with us from the beginning. Sadly though I know that Maisie wasn't with us for her first 14 months of life and with that we missed her first birthday, the first time she crawled, her first tooth and the first time she stood up on her own. Over the past 422 day we've experienced many Maisie firsts and for that, we are so thankful.

When we first met Maisie, even though she was 14 months old, she had only had a bottle so we were there when she ate her first food. We witnessed her first steps and of course her first words. We have seen Maisie go from being a scared, timid, cautious baby to a little girl who is full of life, smiles, gets herself silly and loves giving and receiving hugs, kisses and snuggles all the time. Maisie is such a perfect fit to our family and just the best little girl we could have ever hoped to have in our lives. Here's to our first 422 days together and to a lifetime of days to come.

December 2006gotcha.jpg_Thumbnail1 ADecember 11, 2006, Family/Gotcha Day

Dec 2006First nap

First Bath CFirst bath

Great Wall DOn the Great Wall

First Play date EFirst play date

January 2007Jan 2007 First Cheerio FFirst Cheerio

Attending her first party GAttending her first party

1 2 first steps.jpg_Thumbnail1 HFirst steps

February 2007Feb 07 meeting the grandparents IMeeting the Grandparents

2 1.jpg_Thumbnail1 NRace walking through the house

2 14 valentines day.jpg_Thumbnail1 JValentine’s Day

Chinese new year KChinese New Year

2 2.jpg_Thumbnail1 LPlaytime   

2 3.jpg_Thumbnail1 MA girl on the go

2 25.jpg_Thumbnail1 OMeeting new friends    

March 2007 3 1.jpg_Thumbnail1 QLittle angel

3 6.jpg_Thumbnail1  RFun on the play ground

March 2007 PPeek-a-boo play dates

First Painting  SFirst painting

3 4.jpg_Thumbnail1  TMaisie & the Tramp 

First Easter Pic UFirst Easter picture

April 2007 April 07 First Watford Kit  VFirst Watford kit

First night in own room & crib WFirst night in her own room and crib

May 2007May 07  XPool time

5 2 mothers day.jpg_Thumbnail1  YFirst Mother’s Day

5 3.jpg_Thumbnail1 zLaughing with Baba

June 2007June 07 Red Sox ZLittle Boston Red Sox girl 

6 2.jpg_Thumbnail1  AAEnjoying life

6 3.jpg_Thumbnail1  BBKeeping busy with friends

6 4 6 mo anniv.jpg_Thumbnail1  CCSix months a family

6 5 fathers day.jpg_Thumbnail1  DDFather’s Day 

July 2007July 07  EEDays at the park

7 2 4th of july.jpg_Thumbnail1  FFFourth of July

GA Bloggy Bash[3] (1)a Partying with bloggy pals 

August 200716.jpg_Thumbnail1[2]Welcoming new friends

7.jpg_Thumbnail1[2]Loving life

8 2007 first day of school.jpg_Thumbnail1  GGFirst day of Wee School

September 2007Sept'07 First beach vacation & pina colada  HHFirst beach vacation & pina colada

9 23 first ponytails.jpg_Thumbnail1  IIFirst pony tails

October 200710 17 birthday girl.jpg_Thumbnail1  JJMaisie turns two 

10 21 birthday party.jpg_Thumbnail1  KKBirthday party girl

November 200711 4 first kitchen.jpg_Thumbnail1  LLPlaying in her first kitchen

11 7 hay ride.jpg_Thumbnail1  MMFirst hay ride

11 16 first haircut.jpg_Thumbnail1  NNFirst hair cut

11 22 Thanksgiving.jpg_Thumbnail1  OOFirst Thanksgiving

December 200712 11 07 one year gotcha.jpg_Thumbnail1  FFFOne year a family

12 11 07 one year gotcha outfit  PPModeling her Gotcha outfit

12 11 aruba.jpg_Thumbnail1  PPThree generations on the beach in Aruba

IMG_3613_jpg_Thumbnail1.jpg_Thumbnail1a[3] Christmas

12 27 07.jpg_Thumbnail1  RRDressing up

January 200812 31 2007.jpg_Thumbnail1  TTHappy New Year!

12 31 07 nye.jpg_Thumbnail1  SSParty girl

12 31 nye.jpg_Thumbnail1  UUA gymnast in the making

1 2 08.jpg_Thumbnail1 VVLoving Thomas

1 5 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  WWDress-up play

1 6 08 First time baking cookies  XXFirst time baking cookies

1 8 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  YYTiara girl 

1 9 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  zzPrincess in training

1 11 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  AAAPink Fairy Princess

1 12 08.jpg_Thumbnail1 BBBCelebrations with friends

1 12 08 LiLi%27s b-day.jpg_Thumbnail1 CCCBeautiful private moments

1 17 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  DDDGiraffe girl 

1 18 08 first snow.jpg_Thumbnail1  EEEFirst experience with snow

1 29 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  GGGTiara girls

February 20081 31 08.jpg_Thumbnail1 HHHPizza parties

2 1 08.jpg_Thumbnail1  IIIEarly mornings with friends

P2020007eChinese New Year

422 days.jpg_Thumbnail1  KKKMy love, the amazing Maisie Miao Miao.

18 comments:

  1. Awwww, you have me in tears. I can't believe how much she has grown. She was a tiny little squirt! Thanks for sharing!

    Tiffany

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  2. Me too, a bit teary. Seems like she's been a part of you forever and she does fit you well. Such a cutie.

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  3. ME Three :D I can't remember you without Maisie. She was wearing that same dress yesterday! How she has grown! So sweet :D

    Ladybug hugs,
    ;D

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  4. I loved the slide show. I feel the same way about Ella- can't remember when I didn't have her and really I feel like I had her myself- unbelievable! Maisie has grown so much. She is absolutely beautiful!!!
    Blessings,
    Shay

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  5. It does seems like Maisie has always been with you! Happy 422 days! What a sweet post.

    I can't believe how much Maisie has grown!

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  6. congratulations! what a wonderful milestone to reach. missed you on sunday but hope to catch up with you soon!

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  7. You're a wonderful family! Congratulations.

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  8. Well isn't this a great way to start my morning.......all sniffly. Beautiful post, Lisa! Maisie is absolutely a perfect fit. Happy 422!!

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  9. it's hard to believe she was ever so small - so wee. Thin. Bald. Now look at her! Full of life and love and possibly trouble too.

    We are so glad Maisie came into our lives. And you and E as well.

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  10. What a wonderful post. She has flourished and bloomed!

    Keep smilin!

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  11. Awwww, sweet! Love the pics, and sending big hugs on your 422 days celebration. :-)

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  12. I love that post. What a treasure. Oh, how I look forward to this time in my own daughter's life.

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  13. I can't believe how different she looks now- like a little girl all grown up! Maisie has brought so much joy and sunshine to so many people's lives and we especially love seeing her smile and having her in our lives:)

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  14. This tribute to her will mean so much to her someday. She has grown up so much. Her joyful smile has even got a little brighter. I think it is all the love she gets from her family.

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  15. It is so hard to go back to the beginning and see the sad faces except when you know how much happier she is now. Congrats on the 422 days. that was a big milestone for us.

    Beverly

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  16. She looks so tiny in those early pics!

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  17. I consider myself lucky to have met you and your sweet Maisie. Come check out the new "me".

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  18. I remember when you first got your referral! Congrats! We just returned 3 weeks ago from China with our daughter. Ain't life grand with these little bundles of joy!

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