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Old 06-29-2011, 10:38 AM
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I have a 5-month old granddaughter (my first) and I live with her and her parents. I have been with her literally since the moment she was born. Up until a few days ago, she was perfectly fine being left alone in a room with me if her mother went to another room or downstairs. I have been babysitting with her one day a week while her parents work. This has all worked out fine, until yesterday.

She was sick with a cold for the past week, but seems to be better. In MOnday, her father asked me to hold her while he went upstairs, and she started crying inconsolably. The same thing happened a little later. This has never happened before. She sees me every day!

Last evening it was slighlty better, although at the end of the evening again she started crying when I was holding her and her mother went into the kitchen.

If she only saw me occasionally, I could understand it, but as I said, she's known me all her life. Last week her paternal grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins visited, keeping her occupied most of the time. Is it possible that after spending a week with them and seeing much less of me, she needs to get used to me again?

I know she's formed an attachment to her parents, but it just seems odd that she'd react this way to me since she sees me every day. Any ideas from other grandmothers? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:28 PM
Location: St. Louis
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Not a g-ma here but mother of a child that was just like that at the same age. She wouldn't have anyone but me at that age, and that includes her dad who was with her all the time. We used to call her "clinging vine" b/c I couldn't even get out to go to the bathroom.

She has changed though--last year at 18 she was going to take off with one friend to go travel independently in Peru. I decided to go too and she didn't have a choice on that one. I guess I did too good a job of helping her be independent.
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