Today Baby P turns 9 months. Over this 9 months, she had some jaundice after she was born, been diagnosed with reflux, went through a beryllium test, and we just got over our first trip to the ER for a tummy bug. I have to say even though she has been through a lot during her short time, she has been a trooper. As we hit the 9 month mark we are starting to deal with separation anxiety.
I question what I have I done for her to not want to be around anyone but myself and her daddy when he is home. Is it because I work from home and she doesn’t have to go to a daycare center or home daycare? It is because I am the main person that is home with her all the time? Is this going to last forever? Will she eventually grow out of it and became a social person? These are just some of the questions that I ask myself every time I have to leave her to attend trainings for my job, or have a date night with My Mr. There is so much guilt that comes with those times. I should be the one that is comforting her when she is upset. What does she think when we leave? I hate that she is upset so all I can think of during those times is how fast can I get back to her.
I was reading last night and everything that I seen said that separation anxiety starts to peak around this age. It is because she is getting more mobile, and still hasn’t grasped that it’s okay to be independent. Because I have worked with children for the last 14 years (wow! That’s a long time!!!) I know that this is a normal milestone that we are going to conquer BUT when it’s your own child it is totally different.
How did you deal with separation anxiety?