My sister Becki has always loved kids, and they've always loved her. So I think it was somewhat disappointing when Zoodle didn't automatically take to her during our Boston trip. Here's what she wrote on Facebook:
My 1.5-year-old nephew keeps staring at me, really perplexed. You can just hear the thoughts in his head: "Who ARE you, you Mommy imposter? You look like her, but I know you're not her!" He hasn't let me hold him yet. :( I think it really freaks him out.
He really was giving her the oddest looks. It wasn't that he couldn't tell us apart--if that had been the case, he might have been more attached to her than she would have wanted! He could tell the difference, but seemed personally affronted that she'd stolen Mommy's face.
When Becki pointed out that she hadn't yet held Zoodle during our visit, I tried to find excuses for his behavior. When Becki wanted to do me a favor by changing Zoodle's stinky diaper, she asked him, "Do you want me to change your diaper?" He adamantly shook his head "NO." I assured her that maybe it had nothing to do with her; he just didn't want to be changed. Zoodle disproved my theory by happily nodding when Becki and I both asked him if he wanted Mommy to change him. Little twerp!
But Becki continued to work her kid-loving charm on Zoodle, and before bed on Monday, our last night there, this sight greeted my eyes:
Hooray! Let's hope it's the beginning of a loving, life-long auntie/nephew relationship! And let's hope that next time we see Uncle Becki, he'll let her change his stinky diaper.
(By the way...when Chickie saw Becki two Christmases ago, Chickie was not yet two years old, and didn't get the "aunt/uncle" thing. She called my sister "Uncle Becki," and it stuck.)