Since my oldest daughter was about one year old and able to voice her own opinion, she has always wanted me to do everything for her. Even when my husband was right there and able to give her what she wanted, she would refuse and insist that I do it instead.
She insisted that I hold her, I change her, even little things like I give her Sippy cup to her. My husband could offer it to her, and she would flat out refuse to take it unless I handed it to her. For a while we entertained her and gave in. We assumed that since he was away a lot during her first two years of life that she just preferred me over him, and it was understandable.
Now, Keely is doing the same thing. My husband is home every single night, he even puts Keely to bed every night, but a lot of times Keely insists that it’s me that does things for her. This doesn’t happen at any specific time, just randomly. Riding down the road, at the dinner table, in the bathtub. He will try to do something for her or give her something and she will not have it. Of course we are less accepting of this behavior this time around because we don’t really see a good reason for it, but it’s still frustrating not knowing why they do it.
Since he is home and probably much closer to Keely than he was Paislee at this age, that can’t be the reason. The only other thing we can think is because I stay home with them so they are used to me doing everything for them all day, every day. Another explanation could be just pure stubbornness, which I’m positive both of my girls have a lot of!
Have any other Mom’s experienced this, and if so, what do you think was the reason behind it?