Saturday, May 30, 2009

Meet the Family

Daddy's family has spent a bit of time with Kaylani since she was born, but it's been a little bit since we've all got together, especially for a big event like this weekend was. It was Yea Yea's birthday party at our house so that meant a few of our family friends from Jersey were going to come around to celebrate. Now while all of that seems good and well, it's been awhile since Kaylani has been exposed to "strangers," and she's definitely different now.

I think it's the 6 month mark that babies start to develop (or show) their separation anxiety from their parents, so it wasn't a real surprise to us to have Kaylani cry a bit around other people. But at the same time, it's kinda sad to see her cry when she sees Yin Yin and Yea Yea. After she took a nice 3 hour nap she was definitely friendlier, but there's gotta be a better way to help her adjust.

Maybe we'll have to start letting go our our little girl just a little bit. Maybe we need to have a baby swap with some of our friends so she gets used to being held by someone other than us. Maybe we need to let someone else take care of her for awhile to help her adjust. Or maybe we continue to spoil her and never let her go because she's our little girl. Tough call. For now, we'll sleep on it. But maybe tomorrow morning will be Yin Yin and Yea Yea's turn to take care of Kaylani. Gotta start somewhere!


Tommy said...

I strongly suggest printing out Yin-Yin and Yea-Yea masks to wear over your own face. Then Kaylani will learn to recognize and love them. There is the side effect of a lifelong feat of clowns... but watching Poltergeist is going to do that anyways.

Tommy said...

fear not feat!

surprised mom said...

It's not easy to watch them cry at or with someone who loves them that much, but they all go through it. When my eldest was a small toddler, she ran to what she thought were her dad's knees at a family party. When my BIL picked her up, she took one look at him and SCREAMED! We were embarrassed, but having three girls of his own, he recovered much quicker than we did. Pictures of loved ones who can't be around as much as you and they want are very helpful.

Daddy Files said...

Having Will spend time with other people was the best thing we ever did.

He spends one night sleeping over my parents' house because my mom watches him on Tuesdays. It was tough at first watching him cry, but now he absolutely loves other people and has no problem when we leave him with friends and relatives.

JonnyTam13 said...

I wish we had family closer by that she could spend time with. Unfortunately she only sees our family once a month (if she's lucky) so it's definitely hard to watch her cry. Maybe I'll look into getting those Yin Yin and Yeh Yeh masks. She's not going to watch Poltergeist anyways since I'm a big wuss!