Ok – it wasn’t a day. It wasn’t even two hours, but it was as long as I could take the anxiety. Mom, my son Alex, and I went to an enclosed park/playground with Sophie. It is the only place that I know of locally that Sophie can run around free. Of course, I was completely paranoid the entire time and followed her closely. I think we need to do this again as much for me as for her, so that I can learn to not hover over her and let her have some fun.
At any rate, she did run all over the park, leading me on quite a bit of walking/running. I gave her space but not so much that I couldn’t cover it in a heartbeat as needed. I think she had a great time. Eventually, Alex and I both got tired of keeping up with her so much and we decided to call it a day, but we at least got some time out in the fresh air.
This taught me a lot. I realize now how anxious I do get out in public, and why I haven’t taken her very many places. This level of stress and anxiety isn’t healthy in large doses. It also taught me that she needs to go to this park from time to time so she can experience a little freedom and independence. That would probably be good for both of us.