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Saturday, 16 January 2021
17. Generally unresponsive to parent Print
This one was very hard on me and I began to take it personally.  My son was so responsive and would just light up when he saw other people, including people we passed while walking down the aisle of the grocery store.  Boy did I think I had a happy and outgoing baby.  However, after a few weeks of being home he became less and less responsive to me until he was at a point where he did not acknowledge my existence at all, but for anyone else he continued to light up.  He was so unresponsive with me that doctors and therapists asked me if I had his hearing checked because he was so avoidant that he appeared deaf. (a. 6mo, FC)  
Our son, who was diagnosed with attachment disorder after 2.5 years old, was and still is very responsive to us.  It was so easy to get him to smile, laugh, and even belly laugh as a baby.  In contrast, we began working on attachment with our daughter soon after she came home and although she is showing greater responsiveness to us, I would still say that she is unresponsive.  It takes tremendous "work" to get her to laugh, make eye contact, and smile.  When we are able to get her to laugh, she has difficulty looking at us.  (a. 4.5mo, FC)
When we first met our daughter, she was very responsive to us.  She was the only baby out of all the babies that came smiling, clucking her tongue and trying to get our attention (of course we were strangers).  After the first day she would not respond to our attempts to engage her or make her smile.  She would stare blankly at us as if looking through us.  After six months she is now very responsive to us.  She now responds to smiles, tickles, and various facial expressions.  (a. 10mo, OR)
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