Tuesday, February 26, 2008

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not


Our one-year-old daughter is going through that stage when she is either clinging to my leg or racing away from me. Since she's been sick for the past couple of weeks, she's even more of a Momma's Girl than usual. As her language acquisition continues, I've noticed a big discrepancy in the way she speaks to Jared and me. He gets, "Hi, Dada!" all bright and cheery-like. For me?? It's more of a "Momma, momma, momma!", somewhere between a whine and a moan! It's so unfair!
She prefers to be with me, attached to me in some way or other, while I make dinner, read blogs, do a math lesson, etc. I am often able to distract her for a few minutes with her brothers' attention, a pile of board books, my magazines (oops), or if there is a cupboard for her to tear apart; but the only time she intentionally leaves my side is the moment that her diaper comes off. Even if she was crying and moaning five seconds before (which is always, since she hates being still long enough to be changed,) the second that she is naked, she flips over and crawls away as fast as she can, laughing all the way. And she doesn't come back. Sometimes in my fatigue (or is it just laziness?) I sit there and wait, assuming that since she is generally happiest attached to my hip like a koala, she'll be back soon. But no. Apparently she rejoices in her independence when she is in her birthday suit. If only I knew how to be so comfortable in my own skin! Too bad I don't feel good about letting her be naked all afternoon. I might get all the laundry folded . . .


Photos courtesy of Nicolette

12 comments:

Kimberly said...

Time for easy clean floors? Hee hee...

Allison said...

Cute pictures! Cute post!

Anonymous said...

As a mother of one girl who is now almost 3... Cherish this time I miss it so bad... She most likely won't always be a mommy's girl...

Mandy

Aubrey said...

Those pictures are darling! She is beautiful. It seems like all my girls go love there daddy way more than me at times, too. Something about daddies and daughters I guess.
And we have a potty training nudist running around our house right now. Such is life!

Aubrey said...

One more thought--I loved your last post on motherhood. Hurray for the mothers of the world!!!! I am blessed to be able to stay home, too, but it is definitley a sacrifice for us and the hardest job I've ever had.
This is a soap box I wish more people would climb up on!

Mahina said...

great post! a very sweet tribute to your one year old! greta pictures!

Erika said...

cute pics :-)

Rebecca said...

My daughter was the same way. I feel your pain.

Do you have a small playpen that you could throw a couple of towels in and let her be naked? I know it would mean more towels to wash, but think of all the laundry you could fold!

I actually took a break from laundry folding to read up on some of my favorite blogs. Now back to the drudgery. Well, it's only drudgery when you have both couches covered in clean laundry, 4-5 baskets full around the house clean, and more downstairs to wash. Yep.

The Egel Nest said...

Isn't that weird...how one minute they can be all over you and the next want nothing to do with you.

Kids...*sigh* :)

Cute post!


Bradley
The Egel Nest

Keli & Mike said...

I hear ya on the diaper changing! It has become impossible to change Jamison unless I keep his mouth full of cheerios!

Andrea said...

I love the pictures. She is darling. Isn't crazy how they feel so free naked.

Mary Woodman said...

Way cute pictures!! She is a doll!! By the way, I fixed the name thing on my blog...you guys take care!!