Lately LP has become very clingy. She throws herself at my legs if she wants me to pick her up and once I pick her up she refuses to go back down. I try to place her down and she pulls her little legs up as far as they will go and wraps them around me like a little koala bear.
Yesterday I was trying to make meat sauce to accompany our spaghetti dinner. LP battered my legs insistently and when I finally picked her up she was determined not to be put back down. In fact, she wanted to help. So, I gave her a wooden spoon and put her to work. After a short time the meat was browned and safe for consumption. So, as we stirred the sauce together, LP would periodically remove her spoon and lick the tomato sauce off of it. She then ventured on to picking up small pieces of ground turkey, and after a quick check that they weren't too hot, slurping them off the spoon. I think she ate more protein last night then she ate in the last three days combined. My right arm is sore from holding my 22 pound dumpling on my hip, my kitchen floor is spattered with sauce, but the sauce was better than ever.
To top it all off, last night I had to run over to the grocery store after dinner. LP got so upset when I went to leave that she tried to steal my pocketbook and hide my keys. The Hoos has to pick her up and take her out of the room so I could sneak out. When I returned, I swear she said, "Yay!" as she ran into the kitchen to greet me. I definitely don't want to encourage her to be dependent on me, but I have to admit, every once in a while it feels really good.