I'm just wondering if anyone knows at what age my DD will start to recognise and know her extended family. We get to see my parents every 3 months and DH family about every 2. This is due to distance. Does anyone know at what frequency they would recognise people now, ie, seeing every week?
Our ILs are our only babysitters but each time it feels like she is being left with strangers.
We are very fortunate to have both sets of our parents living reasonably nearby. Close enough for us to see both sets every week (that is, in itself, exhausting, but worth it for DD to spend time with them --and us all get a slap up meal--)
So DD knew them all along really, she certainly recognised them enough to give HUGE smiles by 3-4 months. By about 8-9 months, she would get very excitable as we pulled up in front of their houses. At around 13mo she could point them out if you ask Where's Nana/Gransa/Ooma/Papa. Now at 16 months she shouts from outside the door for them and calls them approximately (in her way) by 'nana' 'papa' etc.
My in laws live quite far away and we probably see them about once every 6-8 weeks. DS is 21 months now and has recognised them for many months <<wracks brains>> - I reckon probably from about 16-17 months old ..
It has its pros and cons, but I wouldn't swap it for the world. When I look at how close she is to her GPs, it would make me so sad to think that she'd missed out on it. I know how hard it is for GPs to be far away (nephews live far away) and how much we take it for granted that we have access to them.
Photobook is a lovely idea, but use it regularly - every week.
DD spends one day a week with my Nan while I'm at work. Nan's obviously been working on her, because she can now even point out Grandad Bill in photos - he died 6 years ago! Don't underestimate the power of photos.