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August 8th, 2010, 08:19 AM
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DH went out with some friends last night. It was well deserved, he took vaca time to stay home with DD all week while I got my classroom ready.

So I was home alone with DD and watching the 10 oclock news when I hear there is a manhunt going on a few miles down the road. Now, it would actually be far fetched for this guy (stole a car, ditched it and fired shots at couple people-no one injured) to show up at our house. We are probably at least 10 miles away from where they last saw him and there are many other houses between here and there as well as woods, but I am home alone with LO and this stuff very very rarely happens around here.

Of course my over active imagination takes over. Needless to say I'm a bit nervous all evening and DD will NOT sleep on her own, only if I hold her. Which is very rare. She'd sleep in my arms but the second I laid her down she turned into an old beat up Chevy. She did finally lay down after I talked to DH on his way home.

I was wondering if she could sense my apprehension and didn't want to sleep alone (she sleeps in a pack n play in our room).

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August 8th, 2010, 09:04 AM
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Absolutely. Do I have sources to back my opinion up? No, but I'm sure there are some out there. I just don't feel like looking. It's Sunday dang it.
I most definitely think babies can sense anger, fear, excitement, etc. ESPECIALLY between mommy and baby. I don't know how or why, I can just feel it. My daughter is almost 3 and there are times I am astonished by how well she picks up on something. Last week I had a really rough day and I was on the verge of crying. I shut myself in the office for a minute (door closed) for some privacy and she knocked on the door and said "Mommy, are you okay?" and she hadn't even seen me. Of course then I started crying... but she really had no physical reason to suspect I wasn't. KWIM?
Anyways, I'm glad you guys are safe and she finally went to bed okay for you. What an amazing bond it is, isn't it?

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August 8th, 2010, 09:15 PM
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I agree! Scary!
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August 9th, 2010, 05:27 AM
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Good news- She slept through the night *yea*!!!

Bad news-They still haven't found the guy and he reportedly said "I'm not going in easy". Ahhhh!

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August 9th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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They definitly do.
That is pretty scary. Be safe.
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August 9th, 2010, 10:47 AM
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I think they pick up on our body language really easily - the way our muscles tense, and our expressions change. Even the way we walk or hold them, or the tone of our voice.

Luke is two, and therefore prone to attitude and meltdowns. But I can easily tell that when I'm having a bad day, he's also having one. I'm pretty sure he picks up on my mood and builds on it.
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