Sunday, July 7, 2013

Attention withdrawal

Without a sound, Amelia just climbed onto my lap and curled up for a cuddle. Our home has been bustling with energy and booming with sound for five days, with seven family visitors here for a fun long weekend.

Amelia's cousins are older, ages 9, 13, and 16. Despite the difference, the two younger ones play with her all day and into the night. They get along extremely well, and I barely see my daughter while they are here. She is entertained to the max and bursting with happiness. Even the eldest will get involved with a board game or hide-and-seek once in a while. It warms my heart to see them all together.

The other day before bed, she said to me,
"Mommy, I am so happy when my cousins are here." 

The house is quiet now, the entire clan having moved on to their next vacation stop. After quiet time with a movie, the loneliness has set in. Amelia is experiencing major attention withdrawal. I am worn out from all the hustle and bustle and wondering what the week will bring. Probably a needy little girl. I should get to bed early tonight!

We are wishing that we didn't live so far away. Two times a year just isn't enough.

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