Today Victoria turns 5 years old! It is hard for me to think of her five years ago today. In a hospital in Ukraine, born 14 weeks too early, weighing only 2lbs. 1 oz. No one to hold her or love her. I compare that to the day Morgan was born and so many friends and family couldn't wait to come and see her. To hold her, to love her, bringing presents, carrying on about the new baby. Every child deserves that.
Even though today is Victoria's 5th birthday, it is the first one she is celebrating. When you are in an orphanage a birthday is not something to celebrate. The older you get the worse off things are for you. You move from the baby house to the internat and then eventually to the streets. I am so, so glad that from now on birthdays will be a happy occasion.
We went out to lunch and Victoria was more than happy to be the center of attention. She was smiling ear to ear and so happy. We are having her birthday party in a few weeks after my trip to Ukraine, so I will be sure to post pictures of that too. Victoria is looking forward to that a lot, but today we celebrated with presents from Mommy, Daddy and Morgan, a special lunch for the birthday girl and a very, very big piece of chocolate cake. She was loving her birthday hat too (it has five candles on the top).