“The pictures speak for themselves,” say Andrea and James, newly the parents of Kaia ErYe and Meika YueChan, 3 and 4-year-old girls adopted from China through WACAP.
These little girls came home to their family just three months ago.
In these photos, Kaia ErYe and Meika YueChan are pictured in their orphanage, one month before joining their mom and dad, alongside a brand new photo taken this month at their Missouri home.
In Andrea and James’ words, here’s the story the pictures tell — the change that a few months bring, the difference a family makes.
How Far We’ve Come …
We knew that adopting two special needs children at once was a big step.
Our first days in China were understandably rough.
While Meika YueChan, our oldest, put on a strong front, looking back we can see how hard she tried to keep that forced smile on her face. Kaia ErYe, our youngest, went the opposite direction and resisted all attempts of affection; it crushed us to see this little girl fight so hard against the love we wanted to surround her with.
Upon arriving home we really focused in on learning who our children were, and delighted in every new revelation, however small. Slowly they began to open up, trusting us and each other a little more each day.
At three months home, it is amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come! Our daughters now love go be held, kissed, tickled and read to. They love to cover us in big open mouth toddler kisses as well as hugs, and rush out excitedly to greet us when we’ve been away. They love to play now, which was something they had to learn how to do, and they even like being outside (also new to them).
Our home is full of giggles and the “thump thump” of little feet as they run through the house. They are both so eager to learn, and are always full of questions and excited to tell us what they know. They have absolutely blossomed before our eyes.
We can hardly wait to see what the next months and years have in store for them.