Today we decided that I would go into the playroom again where all the children were playing. I was immediately attacked by little ones wanting hugs and kisses, and those that can speak call any woman that walks in the room “Mamma.” They are so hungry for love.
My little on however, held back and went far away from me. I sat on the floor and just spend time in the room playing, while the nurse sat with her and calmed her down. I had John go get the doll again to try one more time. This time she allowed the nurse to give it her on my behalf. They were very verbal about it being a gift from me. She took the doll and played with it. She allowed me to come close and sit on the floor near her. I showed her the button that made the doll talk (in Russian mind you!), and stroked the dolls hair, kissed the dolls check. As I played with the doll, I was then able to touch Emma, stroker her hair, touch her cheek, tweak her on the nose, all without negative reaction. We played with the singing doll for about 20-30 minutes. The nurses tried to progress to get her to actually sit on my lap, but to no avail. I decided to leave and visit with Aiden for the last 30 minutes and call it a “good day” with Emma.
Before we left I went in and took Emma a cookie, which she took (not from my hand, but when I placed it on the table in front of her. I waved good-bye, she responded with a wave. I kissed her on the cheek, she did not withdraw. The nurse told her to kiss me, and she puckered up and gave me a kiss on the lips. A VERY GOOD DAY!
John went in before we left as well, and gave her a cookie. He was also able to stroke her on the head and give her a kiss on the cheek without any negative reaction.