This weekend, Olivia “made strange” for the first time.
When my friend Crystal, whom Olivia hasn’t seen much lately, came over Friday night, I passed Olivia to her and left the room for a moment. Olivia cooed and played with her until I walked back in the room and Olivia saw me. She realized she was with a strange face and that she wanted to be with her Mommy. She burst into tears.
After settling in my arms, we tried again. Nope. I. want. my. Mommy.
Eventually, when Olivia was ready for a little nap, she did let her Auntie Crystal rock her to sleep (facing away from Mommy though.)
Olivia is four and a half months old. So I knew it would happen soon. But already?!?
“Making strange” to me is like a little rite of passage. It means she is no longer a newborn who settles with even a stranger’s heart beat and warm, rocking arms. “Making strange” means that she is now a baby who is keenly aware of what is going on around her. She knows, loves and prefers her familiar faces.
It is bittersweet. I love that my baby wants me. She really knows who I am! But it is sad that she is growing up so fast. Her infant days are vanishing so quickly and I don’t want to let them go. Olivia is such a sweet, easy baby. I am enjoying every second with her as an infant. Honestly – I don’t want it to end!
How about your babies? What age did they begin to “make strange?”