Nora has decided that there are two things that she loves more than anything. One is her little sister.
Ellie is starting to interact much more, with gummy grins and silly looks. She also is starting to get upset if she's left alone, but she calms right down when Nora comes over to talk and sing to her, which Nora is always happy to do. She has an uncanny sense of what Ellie needs and she truly wants to make her sister happy. It's pretty sweet.
The other thing Nora loves? This guy:
That is Cotton, the Silkie bantam hen that we adopted. Unfortunately, she and the other bantam, Valerie, have had some trouble integrating into the flock. Like, I keep having to pull Valerie out of holes she has dug herself into to get away from the big chickens. So, we starting putting them in the basement in the brooder to give them some time away.
Last night, Nora insisted on crawling into the brooder with them (Thanks for making it strong, Eric!). She was feeding them little pieces of bagel while we talked about her day at school. Then came the best moment of the night.
Nora: I love you.
Me: I love you, too, kiddo.
Nora: I was talking to the chicken, Mommy.
Yeah, you thought I was kidding about that whole "two things Nora loves" thing, didn't you?
Let's end with the more endearing snuggle.