I get slightly stressed sometimes because Hallie will never play by herself. If she is doing something quietly by herself I get nervous because by now I know that that means she is doing something I would not approve of if I could see her. What this means is that she is either being naughty, or trailing around behind me screaming and yelling because I won't play with her. Playing with her entails me sitting with all of her toys moving them around and playing with them myself, while she stares at me like, "goodness gracious mom, you're weird." Sometimes, SOMETIMES I am graced with a laugh. Recently my good friend AL gave her a stuffed animal that is a kitty. (I was going to say stuffed kitty, but that felt weird.) She loves kitty, so she does finally have something that she will sort of play with, although the game there is she brings him to me, and I make him meow and pet him and then she dances. So I still have to be involved. Is this common? Is this how all kids this age play? I don't know. I thought as she got older she would start to play with her toys more, but then I found this video. I'm not sure how old it is, but I think she's probably about 13 months old... and it ruined all my theories:
Now I don't even know what to think. She obviously at one time was able to play with her toys. Any thoughts?