Sunday, November 23, 2008


Taken during bonding... in a mirror... check out
those dimples!

She's like the cutest Cabbage Patch Doll of all time!
The day of court...look at those smiles...
it's as if she knew...
Just the cutest faces!
She's a star!! Her cousins love her!
Well... I just tucked Alia into her very own bed for the 3rd time (night time anyway). So far... she is not sure what day it is, what time it is, or where she is. One thing I do know... that little girl remembered her mommy and daddy. It's amazing! She already cries when I leave the room. I'm not crazy enough to think that she has attached, but I am amazed at how well the three of us are doing so far.

Honestly... I can't say that I don't enjoy the times at 4 in the morning that she thinks it is mid-day and playtime. :) I've waited SO long to have her here, that I'm trying to just sit back and enjoy each day and each moment. I did keep her up a little later tonight... hoping for a little sleep for me. ;) I know... I'm probably dreaming.

One thing that is totally cool is all that she can do now. When we left her on October 13th, she was barely sitting up on her own and fell over very often. She also did not put much pressure on her legs. Now, she is sitting up on her own (still falling over occasionally, but not near as much), she can "scoot" across a room, and she is putting all kinds of pressure on her legs (and also shares her mood by kicking her little legs like crazy when she is excited). What an answer to prayer! Although... I do have to do a few extra things to prepare for instant toddler.

This road has been absolutely incredible! I can say that now because she is finally here. :)

I can't tell you how much Brad and I have enjoyed this blog! We want to thank all of you for following our story so much.
We love you all! Don't worry... we'll update pictures as often as we can...
Brad, Stephanie, and Alia :)

Here's some pictures for now... Introducing... Alia (sorry, I think they are actually on top of this writing)!


teresamartinpike said...

I love the "cutest cabbage patch baby" caption!

I am so glad all is going well, we are soooo happy for you guys. I am sad that we're not going to be in-laws though. ;-)

Love you,

Anonymous said...

Yea!!! I'm so happy for all of you. I'm glad your trip went safely. I can't wait to meet her.

Take care..and try to get some sleep!!!


Christy said...

She is beautiful! I'm excited to see her pictures! I'm glad things are going so well for you and hope that she figures out the sleep thing soon for your sakes. :) Thanks for posting!

Christy (Dusenbery) Burchett :)

Mike and Carmen said...

We are absolutely thrilled for you guys!!! What an awesome looking family.

Rachel said...

You look so happy! I'm glad that God blessed you with such a precious little girl. :) I know it was a long, hard road, but I'm sure the payoff was well worth it!

Rachel Parrent

Heckert's Highway said...

She's just so beautiful!!!! I'm so glad all is going well:O) Wait about another week and you should be getting more sleep. Hopefully it will come sooner though! Give her lots of kisses from her auntie Jenn and cousin Alea.

Heidi Ann said...

Congratulations! It has been so fun watching your adventure and it is clear what a blessing she has been to your lives and I am so happy you finally have her home with you! I am so excited for you guys!