And I’m starting to feel at home. We’re getting our bearings, finding what we need at the markets, drinking plenty of coffee, and enjoying settling in. Yesterday was the first day I felt like I could finally take a deep breath and honestly say that it’s all going to be alright. Whew! We’ve been enjoying Turkish breakfast, reconnecting with friends and of course taking beautiful walks along the Bosphorus.
The transition has been two fold for Ellie. When we are out and about she seems as if she was made to thrive in this country. Strangers upon strangers want to hold her, coo over her, wish her blessings and more, and she eats it up. If I didn’t know any better I’d say we’ve got one serious little extrovert in the making. However, at home she is showing some anxiety. If I leave the room she’ll often fuss and cry. She wants to be held much more often and isn’t too fond of playing with herself. I figure that this is a big transition time for her, so we are taking things one step at a time.
Here are some of the pictures from our fun adventures this week. I think the reason Wednesday bloomed with so much hope is because Ellie and I spent Tuesday with Elif and her Mom. It has been so much fun to get to spend time with a dear friend of eight years, and it was so much fun introducing Ellie to her Turkish grandmother!