Monday, October 24, 2011
Sending Hailey to live with Grandma...or so she thought...
Saturday was our 7th wedding anniversary! What did we do? Out to dinner and then some alone time afterwards while Hailey spent the night at grandma's. That is where the story gets interesting. Hailey has never spent the night at grandma's before. For the past year her 4 year old twin cousins had been living with grandma while their Daddy was out to sea with the Navy. They just moved back to Virginia a month ago. So there never really was any time or room at grandma's house for Hailey. Ok, got that? When Hailey stayed at grandma's on Saturday she got to sleep in the same room that her cousins had slept in for a year, in fact grandma was so nice to even stencil her name on the wall along with her cousins name. Got that? Hailey also got to use her princess suitcase which she never has had a chance to use. Got that? Ok, we checked in with grnadma throughout the night by phone and Hailey was having a good time. She went to bed fine and didn't even want Mommy and Daddy to call and say goodnight. The next day when we went to pick her up we thought she would come running to the door to greet us and be sooo happy to see us....NOPE! Hailey was, well, for lack of a better term pissed at us! No hugs, no kisses, she woudn't even leave grandma's side! We had plans for all of us to go pumpkin picking that day, so off we went. It took at least an hour for her to warm up to us a little, when I asked her if she wanted to know what Mommy and Daddy did for our anniversary she put her hands on her hips and gave me a quick "No I do not." My wife and I were so puzzled as to why she was so upset with us. Then all of a sudden it dawned on me! She thought she was coming to live with grandma like her cousins and was mad at us for leaving her! We started adding it all up...her cousins had just left a month ago, she was sleeping in their now empty room, grandma stenciled her name on the wall, she packed a suitcase...she thought we were leaving her there! She thought since the boys were now gone it was her turn to live with grandma!!!! Now we both feel awful! She slowly warmed up to us more and more throughout the day. However she definately clung to grandma as we went pumpking picking. It wasn't until we were in our car on the way back to our house that she said how much fun she had with grandma and that she wanted to do it again. Once we got home she was completely back to normal, she ran into her room and jumped on her bed and was super happy to be home! I would be too after a night away, especially if I thought I had a year to go before I could come home again! We did ask her if she thought she was going to live with grandma and she said yes! :( We have been giving her lots of hugs and kissess since she's been home so she knows we want her at home, and we don't want her to live with grandma...at least not yet...at 17 it may be a different story :)
Posted by Matt Sneed at 1:32 PM