We just got back from a trip to visit our families last week. It was amazing to have everyone meet Liana. She handled everything like a little champ. She had a blast with the grandparents and all of her aunts and uncles. It was a pretty exhausting trip because we had to travel the entire length of the state since our families live on opposite ends. All of our kids love to be around our extended family and Liana joined right in on the fun right away! We just had a blast and our amazing little girl just loved everyone and fit in like she's always been here!
I have noticed that Liana follows her brother and sister's lead in so many things and it was very evident in this trip. She saw that Ella and Ethan were comfortable with everyone so she was too. After we came home, we had a last second play date with some friends that just happened to be in town. I noticed that Liana was much more standoffish with them and I realized that it was because Ella and Ethan were too since they didn't know them before that play date. I think it's amazing how she looks to them for a sense of security. This is one of the reasons that we brought the kids with us to China. We knew that Liana would instantly feel more comfortable with other kids than she would with us and we hoped that seeing Ella and Ethan with us would make her feel more comfortable with us. I am convinced that it did because our China trip really went beautifully with her. We have never regretted having all of our kids with us on that trip and it's amazing what a bond these siblings have!
Here are some pics from our trip to Oregon:
At the zoo
Cuddle time with Grandpa
Cuddles with Grandma
Shooting hoops with Daddy
Cooking with Grammy
Lawnmower rides with Papa
And just for fun, the first time I ever held Liana and today