Toddlers can be so uncouth! Colin is at the age where he has definite opinions and clear likes and dislikes. Lately there are people he loves, people he is lukewarm about, and people he just doesn't like! He isn't very tactful about showing his dislike either,and it can get a little embarrassing!! The tricky part is it is difficult to know how he will react to anyone at any particular visit.
Colin went from being terrified of Jayson to being Jayson's little buddy in two quick back to back visits.
He was originally lukewarm to uncomfortable around Uncle Chris until we went to visit them in Miami and now he asks to talk to 'Tis' all the time.
Photos from Chris' visit in January, We spent a few days with Chris and Colin is still asking for him. Particularly when I say something like "Guess who is coming to see you today?"
Aunt Lauren used to be his obvious favorite, from about 6-16 months he would gravitate to Lauren whenever we were around them. (Photos from one of Colin's birthday parties)
The adoration was mutual so it worked out but now...
Aunt Katie has taken over the top spot. He still likes Lauren (calls her Nin which is just the cutest) but I think watching the Katie video has really turned the tide. But when it comes to Lauren's friend Kim, oh man he is terrified of her and we have NO idea why!
Pictures from Friday.
I know I was like this as a child, My mother tells stories of me telling people "I don't like your face" so I'm sure this is some sort of cosmic payback. I feel absolutely terrible when he doesn't like someone. Thankfully at this age he has a unique and special relationship with each of his grandparents. I can't even imagine how difficult it would be to referee or diffuse a clear favorite in that situation!
Have other parents dealt with this? Anyone have any tricks for buffering the situation and softening the blow to those he shies away from? Some people take it really well and just back off, but others get mildly offended.