Halainah and I surprised daddy at work on Friday by showing up for lunch. Lainey was the center of attention of course. She is such a ham. As soon as she has a crowd she will smile big, blow kisses, clap her hands and babble up a storm. Daddy lit up when he saw his Lainey bug and Lainey practically jumped out of my arms into daddy's. It was a fun day.
After wards, mommy and Lainey went shopping...which is my most favorite past time. I love the clearance racks at almost any store. I never buy anything at full price, it's either on clearance or I have a coupon. When we first got home from China, I thought it was sweet and cute how often we are approached in stores with comments about Halainah. Most comments are: wow, your daughter is so beautiful. But we have received other comments such as: where is she from? (Um hello, you can't tell by looking at her, I suppose her eyes don't give it away!) Where did you get her? (Online...they're cheaper that way!) How long did it take? (Oh I ordered her last month!) How much did it cost? (With or without shipping and handling?) Where are her birth parents? (Oh they live next door to us!) Oh she's so lucky...you know they kill the baby girls in China! (We are the lucky ones...and I wish I had a few hours to tell you the hard truth about China!) Are you happy? (No I spent 10 years in search of my daughter and here she is in my arms, but No I am not happy!) Sad part is that I could go on... and all of the amazing adoptive parents reading this know exactly what I mean. I think I am starting to dislike going shopping and my husband would pass out if he heard me saying that. One cashier told me that she saw me walk in and was hoping I would go to her register to checkout (yikes).
So I decided to count the amount of comments we received on Friday (went to Home Goods) and Saturday (went to The Jersey Gardens). Can you guess? 27 comments, again mostly, your daughter is beautiful. I am so tired of the comments and I am so tired of saying thank you. And I really don't want Halainah growing up being told how beautiful she is all the time. Is that wrong of me? Honestly? There's so much more to her than beauty. So I need a good comeback. All you followers out there...what is a good comeback for when you are approached countless times and told how beautiful your daughter is? Do I say, "And she's so smart too!" It literally took me 3 hours to go grocery shopping the other day because I was approached so often. 3 hours is way too long to be in the grocery store!
Ok...here are a few things I have learned so far:
-headbands and bows attract more attention...darn...do you know how addicted I was to EBAY and how many I actually have?
-if you don't make eye contact when you are being stared at you may be able to escape "the comments."
-cute shoes attract attention too...too bad I bought a boat load in China
-people don't laugh at the blue come backs I wrote above
Halainah wants winter to go away so she can go out and play.
Mommy, I am way too cute, please don't waste my time!
Halainah is dancing to mommy's horrible singing.
Happy Girl 99.9% of the time!
Cranky pants .5% of the time!
Halainah spots Alorah the kitty cat.
Halainah calls the kitty cat "mow".
Daddy just came home from work...the smile on Halainah's face is priceless!
Yes, she is Beautiful...but she's...(insert your helpful come back here)!
Mommy...I am getting so good at standing!
Can we call Grandma? I miss her! When is she coming to sleep over?
Oh it feels so good to kick back and relax!
Halainah Grace Qinyang our "Shining Light of God"!
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