Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Separation Anxiety

Over the past two weeks in particular, I've noticed that Lilly has been abnormally clingy.  She's been attached to both Dan and myself at different times, but really she has been the worst with me.  Carney told me that in recent days L has been walking around calling me during the day when I'm at work, which she's never done before.  

I'm not sure why all of a sudden she is so attached.  She has always been a little shy at first when meeting new people, hanging around me just long enough to get comfortable and then forgetting all about me after making friends, but recently the forgetting about Mommy isn't happening!  My Mom said that I did the same thing when I was around L's age and I was a kid that would go to anyone, so I shouldn't fret too much.  

I did some light googling and determined that it's normal for separation anxiety to "peak" around 18 months and go away completely by age 3.  I guess I am not really super concerned about it, because it seems like as soon as I'm gone and L can't see me anymore, she goes back to being fine, it's just not something I'm used to and so I'm feeling whiny about it.  The fact that Lilly has gotten just a tiny bit upset the past two mornings when I've left for work has not been easy to stomach (or to walk out the door away from, for that matter!), but Carney has assured me (and Meagan has confirmed when dropping off Kinsley) that Lilly bean is fine within a minute or two of my departure.

Speaking of Kinsley, we started our new nanny share this week and so far it seems to be going pretty well!  Luckily Meagan's work was flexible with her schedule, so we've been able to ease into the new routine.  Kinsley stayed with Carney and Lilly for 2 hours Monday and 4 hours today, and she'll be here for 6 hours tomorrow before tackling a full day on Thursday.  She has been an angel, according to Carney.  Lilly started showing some signs of jealousy today - I think she's gotten used to having Carney to herself for the past 2.5ish months - but Carney said that even so, she's still very interested in Kinsley and wants to hug and kiss her all of the time.  I hope they all ease into the new routine quickly and painlessly.  I think they are going to be the best of friends before long!

That's all of the randomness for tonight, just wanted to stop in for a quick update. And now, I leave you with a photo, which I have been absolutely terrible about taking as of late.  Bad mama.  I was actually going to leave you with four photos, but I'm blogging from a different computer tonight and it for some reason will not let me rotate photos so that they're positioned right side up before uploading.  Since I refuse to upload sideways photos, there's only one.  Sad.

Fun at the pool with the Munns on Saturday.  I love this expression!


Happy Tuesday!

Sarah

Monday, June 10, 2013

One More

I am having a problem, friends.  You see, I find my kid to be irresistibly cute.  And because of that, particularly when L is being snuggly and affectionate and loving and sugary sweet, I find it hard to tell her "no."  The problem lies in the fact that she knows how to work me.  It's like she thinks to herself, "UGH I AM SO TIRED OF SNUGGLING.  But Mom will give me what I want if I endure it.  Wellll looks like she's about to put me to bed.  Betcha if I give her one more kiss and some sweet giggles she'll sit here with me a while longer."  Sigh.

For some reason, Lilly woke up at 6 am today.  I am pretty sure she hasn't done that since she was approximately one day old (obviously that is an exaggeration, the point is that L [thankfully] loves her sleep and very rarely wakes up early).  It could have been because the construction workers were banging on god knows what in the house that's being built across the street (UGH.  WHY do they have to start so early?!).  She really tried to go back to sleep...she would talk to herself for a few minutes and then roll over and be still for a bit, but it was like she had gotten just enough sleep that she couldn't sleep anymore.  She was happy, so I left her in her crib talking and playing until she was ready to get up, which was around the normal time (8 am).  Anyway, all that to say, between that and some loss of sleep due to weekend activities, homegirl was tired.  I had to wake her up from a 4-hour nap today, and even after four hours she woke up on the wrong side of the bed and was a total crab.  It got better as the evening progressed, but I had already decided to start our bedtime routine a little earlier than normal this evening.

Fast forward a few hours.  Bath had been given (twice, because she pooped in the tub...sigh), teeth and hair were brushed, jammies were on and we had just finished books and prayers.  After all of that, I normally rock L and sing her a song before putting her in her crib.  I sing a variety of things, but her favorites seem to be "Baby Mine" from Dumbo, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Never Grow Up" by T Swift, "The Best Thing" by James Morrison, "Lullaby" by Billy Joel, "Return to Pooh Corner" by Kenny Loggins or "Golden Slumbers" (Ben Folds version).  Anyway, I am pretty sure tonight I sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" first, and she was so tired and her little eyes were heavy and she was working so hard not to close them, and she was making these soft little noises (I presume she was trying to hum and it was REAL cute).  So I finished singing and asked for a kiss, and she gave me one and then said, "one more?"  Of course I melted.  So then I sang something else, who knows what.  Anyway, I got "one more-d" into singing probably 4 songs, until finally she said, "Baby, please?"  Which meant she wanted "Baby Mine."  I mean honestly, how am I supposed to say no to that snuggly, sleepy, sweet face and voice?!

I was just thinking today about how I seriously need to go ahead and back-date an Easter post considering it is June, ha!  Maybe I'll get to it someday.  In the mean time, I shall leave you with some recent cuteness:

Sitting in a dinosaur footprint!

Daddy made me a dish towel cape
Park with Carney.  Can't believe she touched the sand!






Moooommmmm, let me in to play with Pawpaw's chickens!



Naked swimming at Mimi & Pawpaw's house

That tush, I die!



What happens when you say, "Say cheese, Lilly!"



Happy Monday!

Sarah

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