Okay…not really the chapel…but we went to church today…all of us…for the first time since Emily was born. Norm led worship last week, so he had to be there, but for 3 weeks we stayed home and watched the live streaming video online. But we did it today.
Melody had still been going through her strange anxiety thing before Emily was born, and since we hadn’t been to church in so long, we weren’t sure how she would react. We did get there a little late. Norm took Emily to service with him. I stayed for a bit with Melody, but she seemed to be enjoying her time with the kids coloring at the table. I told her, “Mommy’s going to church. I’ll be back to pick you up later.” She stood up and said, “Daddy?” and looked for Norm. “He took Emily to church already.” Then she just went to the play area to play with the other kids.
I hope she’ll be okay next week…and that this anxiety thing will dissolve on its own. I think she’s okay just because we haven’t been giving her as much attention anyhow, and she’s had to be more independent lately. She was fine to go with her friends, especially since she hadn’t seem them in such a long time.
Poor Emily was introduced to everyone with her newborn acne at its peak (I hope). She just slept the whole time.
Okay, we might be almost done with this whole anxiety phase that Melody is going through. A few weeks after it started, we realized that it’s not truly and wholly separation anxiety. You can see her little brain going, and she started getting a little nervous when we got ready to go somewhere, or if someone were coming to visit. It took awhile, but she would calm down. When my former high school classmate was coming over with her 2 kids, I decided to tell Melody about their visit a few minutes before. She was crying thinking about it, and within a minute of their arrival she stopped.
And also at church, it was the same thing…she would have a mini-freakout at home or in the car before getting to church, but once we got there, she was fine. Now, we just don’t tell her what’s going to happen, and she seems to be okay with that. Except with church, she knows that we go on Sundays, and the whole routine of it all, so she’s still a little nervous. You know because she tries to get out of going, or stalling by not changing her clothes. But she didn’t cry one bit yesterday!! Hurray!…only because I totally distracted her with songs, and crazy noises.
2/18 – Update on the Separation Anxiety
2/11 – Separation Anxiety
We started out the week with a visit from Joyce’s high school classmate. She came to drop off some stuff from the 10-year high school reunion last year. She brought her sons, one who is a week younger than Melody and the other just 2.5 months old. They had fun playing together. You can check out some photos here: Week 11 of 52. We actually headed out to San Francisco for dinner with Norm’s family on Tuesday instead of them coming over to our place. Melody was super excited to go back to her first home. hehe Crossing the Bay Bridge she kept pointing to the Bay and saying, “Boats!” Not too many boats out, but some cargo ships.
*Norm has a phone interview today (10AM PST).
*Joyce has a doctor’s appointment on Monday.
*Melody’s anxiety has evolved. If we give her a heads up on what’s going to happen, she gets nervous about it and cries before it happens. Like when I told her my former classmate was visiting, she cried, but after they arrived she was fine. Same with going to church, she cries before we get there, and once there she plays okay. Poor girl.
Completed everything again this week! Woot! Yesterday’s Small Thing was an easy one because Melody is an awesome little helper!! She usually cleans up after herself without being asked. At night, she puts stuff away (like her blocks) and says “Good night” to them. We’re really blessed! We’ll be stopping by for “Coffee” some by this weekend. Have a great Friday everyone!