Thursday, September 2, 2010
Letting the guard down
I never really thought much about it except for the fleeting thought of that it was one challenge we didn't have to work through. That is until about a week or so ago. Even though Claire didn't resist affection from us and would show us affection as well I noticed a shift in her; almost like a guard came down and we worked our ways into her heart a little more.
She hugs back now. I mean really grabs on and hugs back instead of having her arms around us but we're really doing the hugging. She seeks me out to give me a kiss. When it's time for the kids to catch the bus they wait in our front yard until the bus starts coming down the street and then they hurry to to the bus stop. Every day this week she has run back up to the front porch towards me. The first day I said "what's wrong honey, did you forget something?" and she smiled and said "no, I give you kiss." She had big puckered lips and laid a big fat kiss on my cheek and then ran off saying "bye bye Mommy, I love you." It just made my heart melt.
She initiates the affection now and I can clearly see it is different than before; even though I didn't know before that anything was off. It is so neat to see the guards come down and her heart fully open up to us.