I attended a baby shower on Sunday for my sister-in-law, Amelia, who was visiting from Virginia. She doesn't know if she is having a boy or a girl so the theme of the nursery and that baby shower was jungle/baby animal. There were three huge (and very cute) helium foil balloons of animals for decoration.
Don and Amelia told us that they would stop by on Monday for a visit and drop the balloons off for the girls to play with as they weren't going to bring them back to Virginia.
The following is an email I received from Grammy on Monday as the girls were napping:
Hi Sarah,Don & Amelia arrived after 11:30 and the girls stood just watching them carrying in the balloons. Emily was not so sure about our visitors and she moved closer to Allie and was holding Allie's hand. Then they finally started playing with the balloons..having a great time. Out of the clear blue sky Allie starts crying out-of-control...she grabbed 2 of the balloons and ran to me screaming. We couldn't figure out what was going on... Then Emily was fussy and I decided that it was lunch time... Emily was about ready to fall asleep in the chair near the end. She even said "Done - go to sleep now". She was happy when I changed her and was taking her upstairs then she started crying for Allie and Anna. But I got them in bed at 1:00 and they were asleep in 10 minutes....Little Anna looked tired. Mom
Well, it turns out that although Emily was tired she was also terrified of the balloons and wanted to go to her crib to escape from them. I'm wondering if when Allie flipped out she thought that the balloons had hurt her. After nap, Emily refused to look at the balloons. She would cry out to tell her sisters to get away from the balloons. Grammy finally put her in a high chair so that dinner could be prepared.
Here's Emily in her safe place.
And do you want to know why she is crying?
That's Anna at the gate with the balloons. Teasing.
Look at Anna's face!
The balloons have since been destroyed.