I never thought I'd have to worry about keeping my daughter quiet. Back when she was just an infant, she didn't speak much. It wasn't an abnormal lack of talking; but in retrospect, I can see she was very judicious with her attempts at conversation with me, as if she knew she had more time with me than with her father. And for all I know, she did know. Kerry has said that Henry was far more talkative with Sandy, given his even more tender age when she was taken from all of us far too soon.
So go figure that after Kerry and I got together, both children turned into chatterboxes. Both with each and with each of us. And Ella has been working on helping Henry with his words. You can definitely see her influence in how he speaks. They don't care that they're not siblings by blood. And they've only reinforced the whole concept of chosen family for Kerry and me.