Not in the picture, obviously.. but lately, Peyton has been expressing her loneliness.
It all began Saturday.. Mer and the girls had a primary activity Saturday morning (sniff.. sniff.. I am not in Primary anymore..) and Peyton was all messed up over it. She would walk into my room, whine, walk into the girls' room and whine, then walk down the hall to the railing overlooking the front room, and whine. This pattern continued until I attempted to put her down for a nap. Shortly thereafter.. Mer and the girls got home. They didn't come inside immediately, Mer shoveled, while the girls played, mitten-less. Ashley soon came inside, sobbing hysterically over the color and condition of her hands.. they were numb and very, very pink. I got her warmed up, hands back to a state with feeling and a healthy pink, and then, when the sobs had ended, I could hear Peyton, shaking the rails of her crib. It's her own little morse code for: "Hey! Mom! I am awake! Get me outta here!!" So, I did, cause I am a cool mom.
As I walked back into my room, Peyton in arms, I say, "Look who's home.." and her arms go up, she starts wriggling herself out of my arms, wanting Ashley, who is waiting with outstretched arms. She walked as fast as her little toddler walk could take her straight to her big sis. They hugged, with Ashley in Peyton's death grip, for quite a while. As Ashley kissed Pey on her little cheek, Pey looked at me with satisfaction. THIS was what she wanted, not a bottle and a nap.
So Monday came. She had Lynn while Ash was gone and Ash while Lynn was gone. Tuesday, no biggie, until Ash went to play with a friend.. Wednesday was the hardest on her I bet.. she just misses them so much when they are not here! So, to fill the void, pass the time while they are gone, she sleeps..