We have reached a new milestone in the Childsplayx2 household.
Last night, we had a family friend over to meet the twins for the first time. “Aunt” Patrice is a vibrant older woman who lives locally and has been a great support for Andrea and I as we acclimated to a new city over the past few years. We don’t see each other very often, but when we do, it’s always a pleasure.
However, I’m not sure the babies feel that way.
I happened to be holding Swee’Pea as I saw Aunt Patrice approach the house. I arrived at the door at the same time as Patrice did and I promptly opened the door. Aunt Patrice smiled brightly and looked Swee’Pea right in the eye with a big “Hello!”
Bri began to scream. AAAAAAAHHHHH! She buried her face into my neck and continued to scream. Every now and then she would calm down enough to turn and look at Patrice. Then she would start screaming again.
About this time, Andrea arrived with TheMonk in her arms. Again, Patrice smiled. Again, a baby screamed. This time TheMonk wailed a broken staccato cry that I have never heard before. He was obviously terrified. His face showed a look of fear while his little hands clung to Andrea’s shirt. He looked at me as I tried to comfort him. He was having none of it.
Finally, we managed to calm them down and we fed them as the adults caught up on the past seven months. Eventually, TheMonk warmed up to Patrice and, after a few aborted attempts, allowed Patrice to hold him.
Bri, on the other hand, kept right on giving Patrice the “stank eye” that she reserves for people she’s not sure about. I’ve only seen it a few times (okay, I’ve seen it plenty of times – let’s just say some of these things have to be genetic) but this time was not as severe. Poor Patrice. She never did get to hold Bri.
So, stranger anxiety is alive and well here in our household. Another friend is coming by today so we’ll see how that goes.
Someone tell Grandmother she’s in for a surprise the next time she visits.
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