Her Grandmother (His mother) visited with us last weekend. They had never met so I knew Miss V would be apprehensive at first. She never warmed up though. She held her breath every time Mama picked her up. She peeked over over our shoulders at her and give a little shy smile but was on edge for the entire visit. According to Him, she did have a moment of melting at church. She was ready to play and make eye contact but back at home she was back to shy baby.
I hope this isn't a permanent personality trait and just one of those baby things. All the baby book/blog stuff says she will go through this phase. I had conversations with Him pre-baby about making sure we give her lots of people exposure. I figured that would lessen the stranger anxiety. I don't think we've been getting her out there enough.
I was the ornery baby growing up. I never wanted people to touch or look at me. As I got older, I was able to define those feelings as shyness and being introverted. This is an aspect of my personality that I hope will not seep into her.
Is it possible? Can a shy parent make a shy baby? Is my exposure plan of value? What is your experience?