I took this photo last week with my iPhone just after I got home from work and the girls returned from daycare. Reags had a tough day at school, she had her first accident so they had to go digging for her "emergency outfit", which we gave them last September. It is a size 18 months, and a bit too small but it worked to get her through the rest of the day.
(Note to self, send a new dress that actually fits her:)
The highlight of her day was the visit they got from "Build a Bear". They came to the daycare and for a small fee per student, they got to create their own stuffed animal. Both of the girls were excited to show me what they created. You can see Reagan's lying on the floor in front of her with a few of the accessories by her feet.
After we unpacked bags and both of the girls shared with me their new creations, Reagan followed me upstairs and was waiting for me while I was getting changed out of my work clothes into my usual....yoga pants and a tshirt:) When I came out of my closet and saw her standing there like this completely mesmerized, I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick photo.
I have come back to view this picture many times over the last few days. I think I am drawn to it because it says so much about her day. The old dress, the new bear, her stance, and the fingers in her mouth to sooth herself while she is patiently waiting for Mommy to come out of the closet.
Those two fingers are not in her mouth nearly as much as they used to be, but she still pops them in when she is overtired, having a rough day, or unsure of her surroundings.
When I see her with them in her mouth, it takes me back to the very first moment I laid eyes on her in the civil affairs office in China. Her arm looped around her Nannie's purse while sucking on those two faithful fingers. I know the day will eventually come when she stops sucking on those fingers and I hate to say it, but I will probably miss it.....but at least I will have many many photos to bring back the memories.