At first, I thought it was adorable how my daughter was turning into a "Daddy's Girl." Now that she swats my face away, jumps out of my arms to his, and cries when he leaves her with me, I like it much less.
Momlogic's Maria: I've been told this is a phase that all kids go through -- that the child prefers one over the other. They say it will switch -- that soon she'll prefer me. But it's seriously making me feel terrible that my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter doesn't like me. My husband is trying to be nice about it, but I he's secretly flattered by her favoritism. I know I would be.
I've also been told that this may be the "self-fulfilling prophecy" -- if I think she's a Daddy's Girl and continually call her one, then she will be. The problem is that now it is burned in my brain that she likes him better and I cannot shake it. Maybe I really am being defensive and she senses it so she's leaning towards him.
Also there's that father-daughter relationship. People say there is something special about it -- that it's the same for a mother and her son. I guess that's nice for them, but what about mothers and daughters? That's not special?
The other day, I went to get her from her nap. When I walked in the room, she looked over my shoulder for Daddy. When I went to pick her up, she ran to the far corner of the crib away from me. Incidents like this are hard to be objective about. I just feel like I must be doing something wrong.
I am trying to keep the faith that things will turn back, but I don't want her to make my husband feel this way either. I guess this is just one of those things no one tells you about before you are a parent. I'm not the first mom to go through this, and I certainly won't be the last.