Anna Kathryn can sit up, crawl, and stand up by holding on to something (as seen above). She likes to eat formula, congee, fruit, and crackers. (We actually asked what her favorite food was. I'm not sure if these are truly her faves or if it's just what she eats). She is still a good sleeper; she only wakes up if there are loud noises, and takes a daily nap around 1:00. She prefers to lay on her back. Mark is very very excited that her favorite activities are outdoors. She has many friends, but no special friend. Her favorite toys are colorful and make sounds. Most surprising, she has 2 teeth already!
She weighs 15.4 pounds and is 27.75 inches long. (She actually weighs less than our cat, Ellie!) I'm excited that she will probably fit into all of her cute 9-month size clothes!! She looks well nourished and very happy in the pictures. Angela, the contact person who placed the call to the orphanage, said that they told her she is doing really well. We are so thankful to hear this, and to see her looking so happy and healthy. Everything I have read and heard about the Poyang SWI is that the nannies are excellent and the level of care is very good. The babies are well nourished and loved.
I just love how they captured two different expressions in the pictures. Anna Kathryn is so cute, sticking out her tongue and smiling in the top photo, and I just am captivated by the one of her looking up, standing by her walker in that sweet pink dress. I was also excited to see her in the wicker walker-- I have seen photos of other Poyang babies in those walkers, and have wondered if she was ever put in them.
It's wonderful and yet so hard to see these pictures... to see how much she has changed in 5 months... to wonder how much more growing up she will do before we travel and are united with her. I WISH we were leaving now. I really, really wish that we get our travel approval soon and can start booking flights and packing suitcases. I look at her sweet face and just long to hold her.