Friday, April 18, 2008

My bé

As we approach one year home with Reagan, I marvel at how she is simultaneously both so very American and so very Vietnamese. She obviously looks Asian, but I’m always tickled by the other ways her ethnicity manifests itself. Her little voice forms a hard “A” sound easier than the Caucasian babies I’ve known, she’s still so tiny that people are constantly amazed to see that she walks, her hands – and especially her fingernails – are incredibly delicate, her nose is a little more challenging to squeeze (though according to my Vietnamese nail lady, she has a good, “tall” nose!), her hair is so dark, shiny, and straight… but my very favorite is the way she squats. She moves so effortlessly in and out of this position! There is nothing comfortable about squatting to me, but she can play like this indefinitely. Her hips just must rotate out differently than mine. It’s clearly not something she was taught, because she wasn’t even sitting when we brought her home, but something in her nature that she shares with those of her beautiful first home country. To me it is just the cutest thing, and it brings a smile to my face every time I see my sweet baby squatting like the beautiful Vietnamese girl that she is!

7 comments:

rachel said...

I love "the squat"! Both Ava and Sera do it all the time, and without giving it any thought at all. Makes me legs and hips hurt just watching them.

rachel said...

that should be "my legs"...ha ha

Scott and Leslie said...

The "squat" looks so uncomfortable. I don't think I would be able to get myself up or down (heheh). Avery, too loves that position!

Leigh said...

I too love "the squat." DG has yet to assume the position since she isn't yet steady on her feet, but I guessing it is coming.

Thanks for forwarding the article on the BCG vaccine. I'm sure that is what we are dealing with, but we are still waiting for the specialist.

Dan and Elisabeth said...

I just love the squat! Noah does it all the time. I tried and was very unsucessful. :) She is beautiful!!

Kim said...

That is so funny, Dylan does the "squat" too. I wish I could do that without toppling over, or feeling like my hips were going to crack!

Willis said...

I'm convinced that the "squat" is a Vietnamese specialty. Rocco does it, too. I enjoy your blog and pictures.

Heather