Friday, July 29, 2011

Our Daughter

Here is an update on our daughter, Hadassah Joy Belaynesh Erb. When we picked up our little girl at the orphanage she was sick with pneumonia, scared, glazed over, never smiled and we were SO worried about her. Within a few days we saw a COMPLETELY different baby. Hadassah is the sweetest baby ever and all girl:)! She can seem very shy and timid, but don't let her fool you. Here are some things we've noticed about our Haddie girl...she is full of life, curious, giggly, super cuddly, makes funny faces, loves to steal her brother's toys (only the ones he's trying to play with), super strong (she's starting to pull herself up into a standing position and climb the stairs!), is a momma's girl, loves peek-a-boo, does not like to be left alone, and she's very determined. If I go to a different room I can count on Hadassah to be tugging on my pant legs in a few minutes. 
She's a great eater and has not turned any food down yet. She's been a really good sleeper, IF she knows we're close by. She's cut 1 tooth since she's been home and is working on a few more. She has a beautiful peaceful spirit about her. You'll often find her snuggled in mommy's arms, thumb in her mouth with those big brown eyes just staring at you. People definitely comment on her eyes the most. Although my neice, Hannah, is taken with Haddie's curls:). We're so blessed to have this precious child as our daughter. Here are some pics of our little girl...
Here is one of Haddie's funny faces. This girl cracks herself up!
She is on the move and is getting faster! She paused mid-crawl to give us a nice smile.
I'm pretty sure that Lego is headed for her mouth...everything goes in her mouth.
Mmmmm....sweet potatoes. A little unsure at first, but she downed them then.
Evidence, everything in the mouth.
She is such a messy eater, but a happy eater:)
This was at the airport. She was so overwhelmed, poor girl.
This was the first time we put Haddie in her crib...she LOVED it! It brought tears to my eyes, she knew she was home. The joy I felt in finally seeing my daughter in her crib was so sweet.

Unlike her brother, Hadassah is not a huge fan of the water. This is pretty much how she spent her time in the pool.

Priceless look. I think someone's had enough of swimming.
She loves going out in her stroller. It's sometimes challenging to keep her awake in it!
Her smile is just so sweet:).


  1. she is gorgeous! and you guys look like things are going well!! so happy for you!!

  2. I'll join the choir: SHE IS PRECIOUS!!! Love those eyes, curls, and cheeks. You can tell she has personality, which will only blossom more as she grows in security with your family! Love that she's HOME!!!!

  3. Your children are absolutely beautiful, precious and adorable! Hope to meet them in person some day. Let me know when you are ready for a playdate. Take care and take lots of pics! They grow so quick!