Marlowe has been loving it here. Really, really loving it. She seems to have grown so much in the past few weeks (and month) and has just be taking off more than ever. The little girl who didn’t speak, now knows many, many words. Well, I guess she always knew them, but now she says them too 😉 She knows the whole alphabet, except for “W”. Well, she knows it, but refuses to try to say it anymore. Instead, she prefers to flip the letter upside-down and call it an “M”. Smart, stubborn cookie. My heart melted a little bit tonight, when she started saying the names of different vegetables. She sat on the counter, while I cooked (we made tofu scramble), and learned “pepper, onion, garlic, tomato, and zucchini”. Perfection. It’s been really nice for me to have more people around to lend a hand or pick up a baby, when needed. I’ve only actually gone out twice (my first day adventure and last night) but, it’s nice to know I could be out right now if I wanted or needed, and Marlowe would be taken care of. Marlowe loves all the stairs and hills here. Walking down a hill is a new and fun adventure for her, and only a wee bit scary for me. She has stayed on schedule, like a champ (minus one no nap day– but it was more my fault). She is obsessed with my step-father’s coo coo clock. And sits by the stairs with my mother, waiting for it to announce a new hour. She has a new Jerry, that rarely leaves her side. She is actually trying to learn and say people’s names now. And is constantly asking for “Katie, Ari, &baby”. “Baby” being her new toddler friend she met today. Some things are harder here, but more for me than for her… like: the stairs, and the size of this home in general. Everything was within arms reach in our tiny, tiny Florida home. Here: I’m losing pounds climbing up and down and up and down, trying to gather all our things together. Also, I’m learning (and doing a pretty good job) to be more lax about certain things: like spoiling. My mom and step-father love Marlowe to bits and both want to be (and are) loved by her. Orange juice and an occasional lollipop isn’t uncommon anymore. She’s just so happy and it makes me happy too. I’m glad there never seemed to be much of an adjustment period for her, she just settled so well, which is key, since we’ll be on our way again, sooner rather than later 😉 It took me a bit longer to settle in, but really, not that long at all. I’m just so happy to have this kiddo always by my side. Wherever we are now, she refers to it as “home”.