"Chin Love" is a term that was coined especially for Julianne. See Julianne didn't "eat" originally, but was instead fed by gtube. She therefore didn't "explore" with her mouth either. From the time that we met her, we realized that her "chin" was how she explored. She played with musical toys with her chin. She rocked in the floor while bounching her ching off the floor. She touched things with texture to her chin as well.
Soon after coming home, she also began to show affection with her ching. She would take her chin and put it on your chin. She would move your head to make sure that she had the proper angle to "chin love" you. It was her highest form of affection really. The "awww"s that came when anyone was blessed with "chin love" were hysterical. The whole family in complete adoring of her also completely embraced this new type of affection!
Last night Julianne had been playing in her bed ever so sweetly. There was giggling and rocking that could be heard. It is impossible not to smile when she is giggling. :) Then she got very quiet and I just knew that my sweet girl was dreaming sweet dreams.
Every night we go in to check on her, so Brent and I headed in as normal. I reminded him to be very quiet since she had taken awhile to go to sleep. It is our favorite part of our bedtime routine to go in and check on her. To see her angelic face in perfect sleep is the perfect blessing.
As we opened the door ever so quietly, Julianne burst into loud giggles. She had been in there waiting. We couldn't help but join her in laughter. She wasn't asleep at all, but in there waiting to surprise us with giggles. Needless to say, we once again broke all of our parenting rules. We picked her giggling and snuggly self up. We sung, spun, and gave/received kisses. We totally indulged her every whim at 2am in the morning! roflol
As we stood getting chin love, we both looked at each other. We acknowledged that we are the most blessed people that we know. I bet no one else got "chin love" at 2 am, but us! What a blessing to get to be her mommy and the mommy of 11 others as well!