We're in a depressing little trough where Alice is just not that into me. Not a lot of smiles, or interest, or engagement. What I hope will be cute or funny usually turn out to be annoying. I will try to tickle her or kiss on her stomach or something, and she tries to push me away, preening to the side to get away and find her mama. Oftentimes I'll be holding her and her neck is swiveling around, trying to find L. Once she spots her she lunges in her direction, grunting in a way that is one part whine and one part command, until I move close enough so that Alice can reach up to her. Our touching family moments now consistent of Alice hugging L, while I hold on to Alice's lower body. It's pretty pathetic.
I'm trying not to be bothered by this but it is frustrating. It reminds me of the period when the baby would be at her fussiest when I came home from work. To her credit, she has been fighting various viruses, infections and rashes for the better part of three weeks now, but I don't know what I have to do to get a smile around here. It's a little discouraging.