As a brand spanking new mom I've faced tons of anxiety in my journey. How do I bathe this wriggly, slippery little nothing? Has she eaten enough? When is this skeevy belly button husk gonna fall off? We've all been there right? But now I'm facing a different kind of anxiety...hers.
When she was around 6 months or so, she went through a phase of stranger anxiety. She'd lose it if someone 3 blocks down so much as thought about looking at her. And I'm not talking about hiding her face in my neck, I'm talking an out and out meltdown. However, that quickly passed and now she'll happily let strangers talk to her and even touch and hold her (I'm not talking about strangers on the street here holding my kid, I mean people I know that are strangers to her).
However, now we have a different conundrum. Separation Anxiety. It started right after I went back to work after my heavenly 11 day vacation. She would cry whenever I left the room. But sometimes I need to leave the room. Like when I'm by myself at night and I need to draw her bath and get her bottle ready. I put her in her crib so she doesn't try to climb the walls and the second I'm out of the nursery I hear big loud cries. Also, on occasion I need to use the bathroom.
She doesn't want me to hold her or even play with her necessarily, what she wants is to see me. She doesn't give me a hard time in the morning when I leave I think because Andy is usually giving her a bottle or she's occupied with a toy or still asleep.
I'm hoping this passes quickly because it's a little, um, awkward trying to do your business with a squirming almost 10 month old.