Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Annabelle discovers the shopping mall!
Today, we took Annabelle to the local shopping centre to meet up with the Lajoy family. Dominick had just returned from the States and we were eager to introduce Annabelle to him. I was curious to see how Annabelle would react to the mall. Cindy and I went to the toy store. Annajust took everything in without too much reaction. She was simply curious....Ah... until we got to the children's
accessory store and she saw the shoes. She then began to nod her head and pointing to the shoes... I thought: Yes! She appreciates accessories just like her mother. I might have found myself a little shopping buddy...poor Sven ;0))
What is even funnier is that she was equally as interested in the Entertainment magazines that Dominick brought back from the US. Wonder was she thinks of Brangelina's crew;0) Thankfully, she is also very interested in Clifford the Red Dog...probably more appropriate reading material for her.
By the way, Annabelle now prefers her new name and responds very well to it. We are seeying lots of improvement and she is attaching well. She gives me kisses, calls me mama and runs to us for comfort. However, we are having a big struggle with bedtime and nap time. She has to sleep on me at all times. She falls asleep quickly (within 5 - 10 minutes) but then when I try to move her from me (after a good 30 minutes), she wakes up and screams for a good hour. She simply is craving human contact (mine only, not Sven's)...but she is not allowing me to sleep. She won't even sleep beside me... has to be on top of me. Tried to give her one of my T-shirts, but still unacceptable. I read about it - once again, very typical behaviour, especially at her age...but haven't been able to find techniques or solutions to help her out. She must be so stressed out and anxious. Any advice from someone who went through this when adopting a toddler would be appreciated. At this point, I need sleep otherwise, I won't be of any use to her during the day! She finds it funny when I "explain" this to her....she just wants her mommy...exhausted or not. Yannik is giving me a pep talk, telling me that I'm a great mom even when I'm really tired ;0))
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