Is it our failing that she’s so trusting of strangers and …
Well, actually, she’s not. She will boldly do things but the moment a stranger actually talks to her she’ll freeze up and hide behind our legs if possible. Meanwhile she’s still riding in a stroller when she can and making us carry her everywhere we can’t stroll. Strange that the legs are the first thing to go, right? Quite honestly I suspect that she’s responded to the baby in her life with a teeny bit of regression (the tipoff was her sucking violently on the pacifiers he rejected months ago).
It’s okay. If, as theVet says, we’re no longer in the business of reproduction, then the milestones passed are left behind forever to us now. The longer we get to hold on to her is more than welcome if a bit awkward at times (I am developing the world’s strongest two-kids-arms capacity thanks to this).