Friday, May 4, 2012

Little R Does Not Snuggle

R's typical reaction to being held
R's new nickname is Wiggleworm. She is very affectionate, and will come running up to me or B, arms wide, asking to be picked up for a hug. It's really sweet: but only for a moment. Then she simply must be off on her next self-appointed task, and will start bending and squirming and climbing in every direction until she is released.

In the mornings after I retrieve her from her crib and feed her, I am still sleepy (B and I are NOT morning people). I bring her into our room and try to put her on the bed to snuggle with us. Little R is delighted to see everyone, but cannot be still. Instead, she climbs all over the bed until I worry she will fall off, so I put her on the floor.

Then she runs around the room, opening drawers, dumping out the contents (or putting new things in the drawers), looking out the window, playing peek-a-boo with the curtains, turning the fan on and off...

Or this: she's trying to scale the wall
She is happy for us to lay in bed watching her, but it is not very restful to share the room with a mini whirling dervish. Especially because every few minutes she wants to show me something new or get a quick hug or order me to open the childproofed forbidden drawer (which contains B's change and wallet) for her.

It's ironic that she is so cuddly and cute and huggable, and yet will not snuggle with us for more than 30 seconds unless she is sad or in pain. Even when she's tired or sleepy it's the same, which is why every co-sleeping attempt has ended with her back in her crib. People who co-sleep must have another variety of child.

1 comment:

  1. That kind of energy and independence must be exhausting, but it's gotta make her a more interesting baby though! I always think with my dogs that while they're very high maintenance, very active, and can be very mischievous, I wouldn't want them any other way because they're so much more interesting than your average dog!