by erikrasmussen, on Flickr")It's been over a week since I've seen my daughter, and I miss her a lot. Her grandparents will be bringing her back on Sunday. If words from the front line are to be beleived, Nora is being extremely well behaved, is being polite to strangers, and even offering up her cheek to be kissed by total strangers (giving kisses is reserved for loved ones). Perhaps this kiss reception was learned with her "friend" Carla.
Carla is the daughter of one of Marga's best friends from Extremadura. Nora and Carla first "met" last June in Madrid. Even though Carla was born 25 days after Nora, she is waaaay more advanced than Nora by just about every available metric. She walks freely, speaks several words, follows instructions, and gives people kisses...man, does she give some kisses! Carla's parents suggest that it might be from spending 7 hours in daycare every day (Nora spends 3) with older kids that challenges her to excel. Nora won't be where Carla is now for another four months. They were so adorable together. Carla has clearly been given a lot of positive reinforcement for her kissing behavior.