More Childlike Behavior

Kate was working on her iPad while Forest Gump was playing on TV. I thought she might get interested, but once again I was wrong. She is simply losing interest in watching things on TV. At 9:00, she said, “That’s it.” She put her iPad down on the bed, but she didn’t take any steps to get ready for bed. After a few minutes, I asked her if she was ready for bed or if she wanted to keep watching the movie. At first, she didn’t answer. Then she asked, “What do you want me to do?” I told her it was 9:00, and that it was about time to prepare for bed. She got up and went to her room. I went into the family room to listen to music before retiring for the evening. About 10 minutes later, I got up to see if she had gone to bed. She was coming into the family room. She was wearing a night gown and carrying a robe. She motioned me to come to her. She held out the robe without saying anything to me. I asked if she wanted me to help her put on her robe. She nodded. I held the robe so that she could put one arm after the other into the sleeves and pulled it up around her. Then I said, “I am glad that I can help you.” She gave me a hug. I told her I loved her. Then I told her I was going to listen to my music a little longer. She then went to bed. This is just one other occasion when she is childlike. I mean by that that she seems to completely look to me for help or guidance as to what she should do without asserting her independence. As always, this is bitter sweet. I know this is moving us another step closer to the future, but she is so sweet when she does things like this.