My buddy Millicent wrote recently about a very special purchase she made for the daughter she's waiting to adopt from China. She called it "First Tartan". Another friend of mine, Laura, wrote today about how exciting it is to have girly clothing waiting for the daughter she will be adopting from Russia. Millicent would refer to this as "First Pink" - the novelty of acquiring pretty, pink stuff for daughters-to-be after parenting a boy.
No matter what you call it, these firsts are so symbolic and poignant for us waiting parents. We thought that it would be fun to share them as a group. Please check here if you'd like to join in the fun....
For me, it is "First Flower". I bought and planted this Flowering Quince on Mother's Day right under buttercup's bedroom window. Pretty cool when we found out later that Mother's Day was our LID! I wanted to plant something beautiful for our daughter, something that we would take care of & watch grow during our wait. The Flowering Quince is one of the first to bloom in the Spring - so, here in the Bay Area, that means Chinese New Year!
I am sad to report that this is how it currently looks:
I think that the heat wave we had really did a number on the poor thing. I am very optimistic, though. I know that it is alive. This wee bush has bloomed TWICE since May! Even though today she looks like a bunch of twigs - I am sure that this is one trooper of a plant & that she will look amazing next Spring.
Finally...here is a pic of my first clothing purchase. I bought it right after our agency accepted us & we began our paperchase. Isn't it a perfect match with the Quince?
Someday I'll snap a pic of little b-cup wearing this dress in front of the blooming bush.
Sooner than later, I hope.