For the first two years of Norton’s life, I didn’t get much of his attention. I was like… furniture. You know, like that couch in the living room that’s always there. All of the really awesome things, like the snuggles of toddler affection and the enthusiasm for the return of a parent, were resolved for Daddy. I actually didn’t get toddler affection until after Eudora was born.
Once Eudora came along, suddenly Mommy was a desirable thing to have. It’s like he realized that he’d have to actually share my attention. Mommy’s time was no longer limitless and all his. Once he got over being angry with me for bringing home a new baby and being gone for so long (and leaving him at his grandmother’s for so long since the husband and I were both sick with the stomach flu when we brought Eudora home), he decided that he liked me.