Annabelle is very much like her big brother and "needs a minute" when she wakes up in the mornings (ironically, they got that from THEIR mother...I am definitely not 'sunshine & smiles' when I first wake up, but if you'll just "give me a minute" I will be---or at least I'll be close to it! Ha).
Our morning routine usually goes like this:
When little miss wakes up, she lays in her crib and "talks" to her "lambies", turns on her "tv" (her crib toy...) and takes a few minutes to get ready to start her day. Once she's ready to get up, she'll stand up and hold on to the side of her bed and "yell" for me. Most mornings we sit and rock for a little bit in the big pink chair in her room.
Typically, she'll leave everything either in her crib or in the chair when we head to the kitchen for breakfast. This morning, she had other plans. When we got up from rocking, she grabbed her big teddy bear and wrapped herself around him. She had bear under one arm and her "silky" under the other. I told her we'd better leave the bear in the chair, which made her squeeze him tighter and turn her head to the side and do the "no" sound... I don't know how to put the "no" sound into words, but it's kind of like a squeal and is accompanied by the 'stink eye', a nose crinkle and a toss of the head. It's pretty dang cute, I'll tell ya... I am not sure how cute it will be when she's 15, though.
Needless to say, as I carried her into the kitchen, she carried the bear. When I sat her in her highchair, she sat Bear in the high chair beside her.