My baby girl is 8 years old today. It's official, I sound completely crazy when asked what ages my kids are- 12, 10, 8 and 8. Let me tell you, that raises an eyebrow; especially if I tell them my last two are 8 months apart and my kids aren't with me. I tell them sometimes just to see their face.
It has been a joy watching Claire enjoy and soak up the special attention her birthday has brought. She has shared with us that she would have a small cake on her birthday in China but never a birthday present. She was very loved by her foster family and having a small cake is more than most children waiting for adoption receive but she has definitely been waiting for those presents.
She patiently waited through all the birthdays in the family and commented frequently about "my first birthday in America!" I was a little worried she was expecting a pony or something with the amount of her excitement, but no, she was just looking very forward to her special day. I found this t-shirt months ago and tucked it away for today. Now the whole world will know it's her birthday and I'm sure she will be quick to tell them it's her FIRST birthday in America.