Nina and I both slept in! We slept and slept and slept and by the time we woke up it was 10am!! It felt great! We soaked in the ginormous bathtub (Nina was very impressed!) and then our friend Jimmy joined us for breakfast. Soon after, Linda came over and we all worked on a Sponge Bob puzzle. Puzzles have become one of Nina's favorite pass-times. They are stimulating but don't require a ton of physical activity :(
|Room service for Mademoiselle Nina|
|Almost done with Sponge Bob with Linda & Jimmy|
In general, Nina has become very weary and nervous around less familiar people. To her, someone that she doesn't see on a regular basis is more than likely someone who is going to poke her with something sharp, draw blood, or make her swallow something nasty. My poor sweet girl! Consequently, all of our friends have learned to be extremely soft spoken and gentle with Nina. This is different for everyone because Nina was our easy-going, friendly, and social-butterfly child. Our friends could be animated with her and she would love it! When we'd go to Christmas Day with my Portuguese family, Todd and Teddy would inevitably end up finding a quiet corner to hang out in while Nina immersed herself in the crowd of kids within seconds of arriving. What is noteworthy about this is that Nina would see this extended family (and cousins) once a year! She had no problem leaving us and being independently social :) Oh, how things have changed. Now, she is super scared and easily made anxious. Most of all, she wants me by her side at all times. It is hard to see her so scared because no matter how hard I reassure her, someone in a set of scrubs is going to show up and scare her all over again!
After finishing our puzzle, we said goodbye to Jimmy and went home with Linda. As we waited in the lobby of the Four Sessions, Nina pointed out the chandelier. She loved it. She's always had an eye for interesting things, always been super observant; I love that this hasn't changed, even though so many other things have.
|"Look Mama, the lights look like jelly fish!"|
|Picking movie snacks with Cristina|
|How much is that doggie in the window? Ruff-ruff!|