Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Settling In

We've been home from China since Friday and things are settling in nicely. Lily has been such a joy. When she is happy, she IS HAPPY. When she's not, oh my gosh, watch out. She lets the world know! We have all these cute little games we play now. When trying to show her how to clap, she responded by grabbing her forearm and shaking both arms up and down. She likes to shake one hand up and down with her index finger extended. She also loves rocking back in forth and watching me do the same. Her newest game with me is making scrunchy faces.

After two nights of fits of crying, she was back to sleeping through the night last night. We are getting a comfortable routine going. Naps are still an issue: how much, how little to give her or how much she will allow. We are also working through areas of insecure attachment/separation anxiety. She has been going into tantrums when we set her down. Touching is not enough for her. She demands to be held and usually by her mommy.
I can't keep myself from smiling as I write these things.


Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

I'm glad you're smiling about it because she will move past it all too soon. :(

For the record, my first was high maintenance too. Very high attachment/separation anxiety. She's 12 now and fine...better than fine, actually.

I am convinced that children don't learn to "deal with it" by throwing them into their feared quandry; quite the opposite. I am sure the long run looks best when children are sheltered in their young years. Sheltered, held and loved.

Teaching self control will have to wait a bit.

The Lord bless you...

Mel said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful time together!! Well done...just relax and enjoy this time...and let God concern Himself with the details while you hold and love Lily.