While we were in Seattle on our whirlwind tour of the Northwest, Alison met many new people. Every day she met grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins, aunties, and other random strangers. She was very tentative at first, but after a while she warmed up to just about everyone. Well, with the possible exception of her great grandmother. Actually just about everyone over the age of 80.
Anyway, about halfway through our visit we started to notice something: Alison was starting to develop an acute case of separation anxiety. It seemed that the presence of all these new people made her start to worry about where mommy and daddy were… that at any moment we might disappear completely and leave her with complete strangers!
Well, we are home now. However it seems that the separation anxiety is still a bit of a problem. But now it’s worse – she cries whenever mom leaves the room, period. This is a new development, and most probably is a direct result of the trauma she endured last week on “vacation.” Hopefully she will snap out of it soon… but in the meantime I guess we just have to deal with it.
More pictures are coming to our Flickr site soon…