Absolutely agree - she is nervous and trying to placate you. Get down on the floor and let her come to you, and as she gets more confident teach her a "Pick up?" cue. I use a cupped hand, and my dogs will stand still and shift one leg to make it easier for me to slip my hand underneath them. It's important whenever possible to respect her wishes if she backs off and indicates that she doesn't want to be picked up - many small dogs hate being swooped upon and swept into the air - consider your own feelings if suddenly lifted to the height of the treetops by a giant, especially one you did not yet know well enough to be sure they would not drop you!