I take care of my daughter when I get home from work pretty much constantly until bedtime, to give my wife a break from it. The following pattern has emerged during playtime.
[li]We play for a while, fun games involving ticklish feet and rattles etc.[/li][li]She starts ignoring me and goes for her mobile or a stuffed animal or the mirror[/li][li]So I get out a book and read or fold laundry or whatever while keeping one eye on her[/li][li]After no more than 30 seconds of reading, she goes from “happy playing” to “screaming freakout” instantly[/li][li]I look back, and she grins slyly as soon as she has my undivided attention[/li][li]After 5-10 seconds, go to step two (the ignoring me one). Repeat for hours.[/li][/ol]
Is this some kinda early form of separation anxiety? Or has the process of wrapping me around her little finger begun early?
A further note: She expressly does NOT do this to my wife, who had to witness it before she could believe how little I was capable of getting done while watching the baby.