The more I get to know Helen, the more I adore this little kid. Today was another good Mommy day — we went to the pool and had lunch there, getting home only moments before the bottom fell out on a summer thunderstorm.

Her grandmother came to play for a couple hours after naptime, and I was able to go to the grocery store unencumbered by children, which was a joy. I even had a list, so I didn’t buy random stuff like I sometimes do.

I went to Agility with Logic this evening, and came back to watch a Blue’s Clues video with Helen before her bedtime. Alice was already asleep. It was just the two of us on the sofa, with her head against my shoulder, watching Joe try to figure out where Blue wanted to go to look for shapes. And then, during our nightly snuggle (“Snuggle for ONE song, Mommy”), she was pointing all around the room identifying shapes. My shoes are octagons, according to Helen.

She brings incredible joy and discovery to my life, every single day. I love this little kid.

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