Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes (And More Stranger Anxiety)

It was on this day last year that I found out I was pregnant!  I somehow managed to keep it a surprise from Marlon for the night.  It was exactly one year ago that I was sitting on the couch trying not to explode with excitement.  The next day was our "one month" wedding anniversary.  I went to the store, got a pack of digital tests, a baby bib that said "I love Daddy" and a gift bag.  When he got home from work I gave him his "anniversary gift."  Here we are - one year later.  I'm sitting on the couch, snuggling my precious baby girl.

We had our second appointment with the Early Intervention Therapist.  Kennedy still hates her.  And I'm not exaggerating.  From the moment she was looking and talking at Kennedy, she screamed bloody murder.  I've never seen her do this, except with Amanda.  She didn't do this with the nurse, the ARNP, or the surgeon yesterday.  When Amanda would move out of her view, she would calm down.  As soon as she realized Amanda was still there, she screamed again.  I'm not talking a little crying.  She turned bright red, fists clenched, body tensed up, eyes closed, ear piercing screaming.  At one point, she was sitting in her Bumbo, eyes closed and screaming.  She stopped crying, opened her eyes, and saw Amanda.  We were back at square one, the second she saw her.  Needless to say, I'm at a loss.  We don't have a lot of strangers around her, but my husband's co-worker held her the other day and she did fine.  We're seeing an ARNP tomorrow for her 4 month well baby visit.  I'm curious to see how it goes.  I'm torn between giving it one more attempt, and just requesting a new therapist.


  1. she might just not like the woman...see if you can get another EI person :) nothing personal but Kennedy has to be a somewhat willing participant :)

  2. I don't think babies are capable of hate, but they are very perceptive to body language. Perhaps you do not like this therapist and she is sensing your feelings and reacting accordingly.

  3. Perhaps I should have said she "dislikes her." I was reluctant to request a new therapist because I actually really like her, and I was nervous that we would get one I don't care for, and she'd still react this way if it was true stranger anxiety.