It's been awhile since kiddo has wanted and craved that momma/daughter time we used to have so frequently. After she hit 13, she shut me out for awhile. 90% of that was depression and I knew it, although of course, everybody else said it was being a teenager.
She's started coming out of it though and we've spent time playing Mario together, she's requested back rubs and reading to her at night. She's requested I fix her snack at night instead of her. She's helped me cook a few times. She's even climbed in bed before bedtime and asked for me to lay down with her.
Yesterday I took off of work and she claimed to be sick and wanted to stay home. I knew she was faking so I told her to go to school and the nurse would call if she needed me. Her braces knocked loose during the day and I ended up picking her up early anyway to take her to the ortho. Ironically though, as soon as she got home, she "felt fine" and was up to jumping on the trampoline for awhile.
I was off on a hot date with hubs when we got the call from school. We were sitting there eating sushi and left to go pick her up. She was so thrilled to find out we left from there to come get her. It made her feel important and that she was first. (we didn't tell her we only had one piece of sushi left and popped it in our mouth and asked for the ticket quick, we did tell her about standing up to get them to rush ticket over though, she loved that and felt like her feelings really mattered).
I crave the momma/daughter time more than her, so I'm loving that I've got my daughter back, for however long I have her.
Everybody says it's because Christmas is coming. I'd like to think it's not such a shallow reason.
When she's shutting us out, it's visibly distressing to her when we try to push through, so I'm pretty sure it's real.