Stranger Danger has begun

For the past 15 months, I’ve constantly said that Lulu isn’t afraid on anyone. And that’s still mostly true … unless of course she’s right next to me. Then she seems to be seriously afraid that I am going to leave her with this other person.

For example, we were at the park last week. Hubby and I were sitting on a bench watching Lulu play in the sand when she got up and walked clear across the park without looking back. Of course, Hubby and I followed fairly close behind, but she must have been 60 yards away before she even considered looking to see where we were.

And if there’s a dog in the vicinity – look out! Since Tank is so good with Lulu (and such a big dog), she isn’t afraid of any
animals. Unfortunately, not every animal likes little people, so we have to be very careful that she doesn’t walk up and start petting strange dogs, especially in the park.

All of that said, she’s started acting like the world is going to end when she meets new people lately. We were at the Wok (a restaurant we’ve been eating at since college) when one of the owners came over to say hello. She tried to play peek-a-boo with Lulu, but my normally brave little girl screamed, climbed out of the high chair and buried her face in my
shoulder.

For a solid five minutes after, she wouldn’t let me put her down. Every time the owner came over, Lulu would cry and turn away again.

So I wonder why she’s developing a fear of strangers now. I know nothing scary has happened while she has been with me in public, but maybe she’s just becoming more aware of her surroundings. I guess it’s probably a good thing that she isn’t quite as fearless as we thought.

How ‘bout you other mommies? Did your kids suddenly turn from very outgoing little ones to bashful toddlers?

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