- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
When it comes to our daughter, we’ve been through heck and back. Between a horrible and extremely difficult pregnancy, then dealing with colic until she was 5+ months old, and terrible sleep patterns, I was REALLY hoping things would get much much easier by this age.
Instead, now she’s reached a stage where she wants to CONSTANTLY be entertained and held. If I so much as put her in her jumper to play she starts screaming. She will roll/crawl around on the floor and play, but only if I’m sitting on the floor with her. She won’t let anyone but myself, DH and the one sitter that watches her hold her, and even then if the sitter is holding her I have to sneak around in my own house, because if she sees me and I don’t take her she immediately starts crying. We can’t even have a backup sitter because she will literally cry for 8 hours straight.
If guests come over and so much as look in her direction she screams. I literally have to wait until her naptime to so much as pee and my DH is gone 11.5 hours a day for work. Then we split the remaining time so I literally only get 1.5 – 2 hours a day not watching her sometimes… it’s just exhausting! Did anyone else’s child have SEVERE separation anxiety like this? If so, how did you break them of it to get some time to yourself? Does anyone know how long this phase typically lasts? I’m also afraid that by being with her all the time she wont be able to entertain herself when she gets older, which would be awful because at this rate she might be an only child 🙁 I really wish she would get better, because if she doesn’t neither my DH and I will be able to logically consider having a second.