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French Fries and Other Firsts

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French Fries and Other Firsts

On July 19, 2015, Posted by , in Adoption, Adoption Journey, With 16 Comments

Thank you all for continuing to pray for us the last two days. Both Lillian and I are definitely feeling better. Our fever is gone but our stomachs still continue to give us fits. Jason started feeling off yesterday, and he was pretty much down for the count today. Thankfully, we have always had one parent who feels well enough to care for everyone and Lizzie, Caroline, and Mia Grace have stayed healthy. Please continue to pray they stay that way and that Jason’s stomach heals quickly. Thank you!!

Last night I fell asleep before I was able to blog, so I will catch you up on our day yesterday (Saturday) and then fill you in on today. So many firsts are happening around here – it’s been a fun 48 hours!

Yesterday morning started with a bottle and long hug from Daddy. Mia Grace loves to get quiet and still and nestle in close. We are soaking in having a little one again who fits into the crook of your arm.


Our big outing of the day involved going to see the 2000 year old tomb of a king who ruled and reigned in the Guangdong province. What was the king’s name? I have no idea. What were his feats or accomplishments? I have no idea on that end either. To be honest, it sounded like a great way to pass the time (we’ve only been here in Guangzhou now for 8 days with five more to go, but who’s counting??), and if something has been around for two thousand years, I thought it was probably worth seeing, especially since I know so very little about Chinese history (I sound like a great home school mom, don’t I? Maybe I should have my Aunt Ann come in and teach history instead of her niece ).

So here we are at the tomb:

And here are the dead king’s teeth…sorry, gross, I know, but I figured if I had to see them, you should have to too..


After the tomb, our guide took us to the Pearl Market. I was expecting a few stalls with merchants selling pearls but was amazed to step into a multi-leveled building the size of the Galleria with store after store of merchants selling every kind of gem imaginable. The girls were in awe and Jason was very nervous with so many girls around him who all like jewelry!





But the highlight of the day was giving Mia Grace her very first taste of french fries. And where else do you go for your first taste of fries but McDonalds?! We are tried and true Chick-fil-A fans back home, but there are limits to how much Chinese food one can stomach, and McDonalds sounded like a treat for all of us (something I would never have expected myself to say 🙂

To say the least, MG LOVED her fries and ate, or should I say gnawed, every last one. I had to pry the last remaining stub of a fry out of her hands after an hour.




But the real firsts came today (Sunday) after nap time. We walked down to the hotel pool to watch L, L, and C swim, and as we approached the side of the pool, MG’s eyes got wider and wider and wider. And when Caroline jumped in right in front of her, Mia Grace must have jumped a foot in my arms. I could feel her little heart racing underneath her shirt. I think the sight of a large body of water with people jumping in and disappearing underneath the surface with a loud SPLASH absolutely startled and amazed her.

It only took about 30 minutes, though, for her curiosity to overcome her fear. We made our way down to the baby pool and she stood on the edge looking in. All of a sudden, she was trying to climb over the ledge and hoist herself into the pool! All this willpower from a little thing who has yet to really smile or give us more than a tiny peep for a sound!

So off came her clothes and into the pool went MG in her diaper…and she loves every second of it!

Staring at the pool from a distance…

Getting in the pool with Lils:

Kendall, Kathy, and Jenny look out: you have another Baker swimmer on their way to your house!

But the best “first” of all came when we pulled her out of the pool and wrapped her in a towel to dry her off. As I laid her down to change her diaper, Jason began to tickle her tummy and she began to…laugh…for the very first time with our family. We all stopped and looked at each other in awe. Jason has tickled her tummy many times before, but she remains completely silent through it all or will even push his hand away. But this time, she laughed! And I can truly say it was one of the best sounds I have ever heard:


We are still waiting for her to smile – but we know now she has it in her! Praying for many more laughs to come,
Much love,
The Baker 6

16 Comments so far:

  1. Bobbye says:

    Tears of joy at hearing that giggle!!! There’s just nothing sweeter than that sound. I’m so thankful you and Lillian are on the mend and praying that Jason’s issues end today! Lord, pour your healing protection over this sweet family. His grace truly is sufficient.

  2. Traci says:

    Oh Susannah!! I have been patiently waiting since Friday for the next post…the sound of MG’s laughter might be the best thin g I have ever heard!! I can’t stop watching…what a precious gift! Love you guys and can’t wait to meet her

  3. Kristen says:

    McDonalds IS such a treat in China. A cheeseburger never tasted so good! That laugh was the best and brought a huge smile to our faces!

  4. Margaret Austin says:

    Oh my, that laughing undid me! I was crying trying to read it aloud to Thomas. I have an alarm set every day at 3pm to pray and I’ve been praying for her to smile/laugh soon!

    • susannahbaker says:

      That alarm is so precious, Margaret – thank you! Your prayers are powerful and effective. Love you sister!

  5. Kimberly says:

    From Bridget- “I thought Mia Grace was cute when she laughed! I miss all of you. I’m excited to see her when you come back.”
    From Sam- “I kinda like looking at the dead king’s teeth. I miss Caroline.”
    Wow!!! I loved these two post. Such a HUGE answer to prayer hearing that laugh!!! That just made my day. I am so thankful you are keeping us a part of your China trip, but I’m in agreement with my kids…I miss you all a ton!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Sweetest sound in the world! How old is Mia Grace?

  7. Kathy says:

    Being that baby over!!! but leave the king’s teeth there. ;-p Looooove this!!! Laugh… The universal language of JOY!!!

  8. Mia Ince says:

    That laugh is SO CUTE!!! And I would suggest that IS her first smile, but just in laughing form…she has a HUGE SMILE on her face while her daddy is tickling her! Love it! And I love you all and cannot wait to see each one of you. And of course, hug my new granddaughter!

  9. Steve and Mary Klein says:

    What a joy to read this and the next post about Shamian Island! We stayed on Shamian Island when we adopted Kaylynn:) Can’t tell you how much joy we have had watching the video of Mia Grace’s laugh…all of us are rejoicing with you all! And I think that I see a little smile on her face eating that French fry:) Definitely seeing her whole countenance change before our eyes in the pictures. That’s the miracle of adoption – not just the event, but the transformation too. I asked Kaylynn what she thought has been going through Mia Grace’s mind and she just said one word – “fear.” But thank you for allowing us all to see Mia Grace’s beginnings of exchanging fear for trust and ‘felt safety’ and getting to hear her starting to use her God-given voice and what a precious voice she has! And how precious that she saw the response from her daddy and sister to her voice. Just beautiful! Ps 115:1-2 “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore, I shall call upon Him as long as I live.”

  10. Sarah says:

    I love that sweet little laugh!!! What a treat! We’ve laughed and laughed watching it. I’m so thankful you’re feeling better and praying for everyone else to mend and stay healthy. Can’t wait to see and hear more laughter!

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  12. Kendall says:

    Mia Grace’s laugh! What a glorious sound. We can hardly wait for that cute mermaid to join her sisters in our pool. We are praying, anticipating your homecoming and love each of the Baker 6! Xxoo

  13. Annie Barnes says:

    Thank you so much for sharing The Family experiences with new sister Mia. My heart is filled with joy to know she has had her first of many laughs as she learns “trust” and “security” from her earthly parents. I pray she will come to have a joy filled relationship with her heavenly father someday too – that she will learn to trust Him and the security He gives us all.

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