After she puts her hands into her pockets, she’ll look up at us and ask “You want do it? You want be tool (cool) like me?”. She can’t wait to grow up and talks a lot about each of the following: “Do (go) to school”, “Dive (drive) the tar (car)”, “Signed the receipt”. On the other hand she constantly reaffirms that she's still our baby girl and she just melts when we say "Oh yes, you're our baby girl and we love you so much". When we ask her if she wants something, she’ll answer and then say “And you?”. Like the other day when I asked her if she wanted a drink, she replied “Yes pease, and you?”. If she did something that wasn’t so good and I tell her it wasn’t very nice or not so good. After a few minutes she’ll ask me “You happy now?”. She wants to help me all the time. Wow, the helper phase is hard work. I can't even put on my clothes without her helping me. I am not complaining because I do love having her at my side while I cook supper. She stirs and whisks and chops! And always wants to see what goes into the saucepan! That part is definitely easier than her helping me put on my tights! If she hurts herself and I say “Aww, I’m sorry Lilah”, she’ll say “It’s otay (okay), chair did it” or whatever the object is that she banged into or fell over. It’s her little way of saying, it’s not your fault! Whenever we go out to the shopping mall or even just for a walk down the street, she’ll announce “I’m hungy (hungry)” without fail. She LOVES eating out and even if she’s just had dinner or a snack she can still manage to stuff a bit more food in! I might add she’s an amazing girl when we eat out and she really enjoys those experiences. We go to a Thai restaurant (just up the street from where we live) quite often and the waitress is called Grace - she’s the owners daughter. If I say we’re going out for Thai food, Lilah will ask me “We doeing (going) to Dacie’s (Grace’s) house?”. She must think Grace lives there! She still loves her midday nap and sleeps for 2-3 hours every afternoon. She even tells me when she needs to go to the crib, which is usually between 1pm and 2pm. She says “I’m tied (tired) Mama” and sometimes she’ll blame something for being tired. She’ll say something like “Shopping makes me tied (tired)!” or “Parkt (park) makes me tied (tired)!”. She is so over Dora the Explorer and after a 3 month hiatus has got a new buddy, his name is Franklin. I bought two Franklin movies a couple of weeks ago and she gets to watch one every second day or so. She really enjoys the little stories and I can hear her laughing during them. It's a good sign, I think! Her final upper second molar broke through the gum last week. Phew! She has a map of the world placemat and can point and tell us where she was born (in China), where Mama & Baba were born (in Ireland), where we live (in Canada) and where Auntie Lorraine, Jemma & Laura live (in Australia). When I ask her where Auntie Lorraine, Jemma & Laura live, she doesn’t actually say Australia, she says “Kangaroo”! She really loves Friday playgroup. On the drive to it she will rhyme over and over, "I'm so excited! You excited too Mama?" Open Door Society (ODS) is a playgroup we’ve attended since Feb ‘09. It's made up of families that have been brought together by adoption, most of the children that attend are adopted. There are children from Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, Ethiopia, USA, Canada, etc. I think it's pretty wonderful that Lilah gets to play and grow up in this environment. She has a lot of little friends and she's pretty excited to see them every week. She is VERY excited to be turning three in another month. Last year she had no idea what was going on, but this year, oh yeah, she knows! She tells me on a daily basis, “I’m donna (going to) be 3 soon”. She also sings the “Happy Birthday” song a lot! And I think she's made the final decision on what birthday cake she'd like. She and I were checking some pictures out with google images recently. Fun fun fun!