I didn't really think that MJ had the concept of family down, other than DH, Vito and I. Our families live far away and represent the furthest reaches of the continental U.S. But tonight, as I was putting MJ to bed, I realized I was wrong.
In the middle of "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" she looked up at me and said "I home". I was nervous how she would take the transition to the new house, but she has done great. After deciding that she was at her home, she cycled through everyone.
"Dada's at work."
"Doggie?" (which really sounds exactly like "Dada").
"Nana's in Oregon."
"Baba's in New York."
Then we repeated the list.
In truth, she missed some important people, but I know she'll add them in due time. It was amazing to me, though, that she only listed family. There are many people she sees more than Nana and Baba, but they were not listed.
So here's to you, Grandma's, for making your grandaughter feel loved from a thousand miles away.