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What should I do? May 28, 2008

Filed under: Jonathan,Kylie,My life — lovingmylife @ 4:51 pm

Kylie is having a bad case of stranger anxiety. Every time someone gets too close to her or me, she starts screaming. Her face turns bright red and she starts panicking, to the point that she is about to throw up.  I’m having a hard time with this phase. My social life has depleted and I feel bad telling people to not get too close.  It makes me look like a over paranoid monster momma. 

On Memorial Day we went to an office BBQ. Jonny and I really wanted to play volleyball with a couple of other guys.  My friend Sean offered to watch her for awhile. During the game I could hear a baby screaming coming from around the building. I must have mother radar because I knew that the crying was coming from my baby. Jonny and I bee-lined over to the pool and found Sean frantically walking around trying to calm her down.  It took 10 mins to calm her down.  Jonny had to distract her by dangling her feet in the pool.  We eventually had to leave early and never got to finish our game that Jonny and I were winning. (rematch Kyle and Randy)  

If anyone had any advice….please feel free to write me.



3 Responses to “What should I do?”

  1. kyle Says:

    you were down one point and the time you left…

  2. lovingmylife Says:

    I thought we were ahead or at least tied up. oh well. We still need to have a rematch. It was fun

  3. Melissa Says:

    I wouldn’t push her at all. This is a very normal part of a baby’s development, and trying to encourage her to go to other people will probably only make her more clingy to you. The best thing you can do is let her know that you are there and that you aren’t leaving her. Try to offer a blanket or stuffed animal that can serve as a comfort object. And trust that eventually this stage will end.

    I know it can be hard to do anything with only one hand free and a baby permanantly attached to your hip. And it’s difficult to have a little one who is so frightened of strangers.

    But really, as a fellow Mommy who has btdt, this time of Kylie’s life will pass so quickly. Each of my babies went through a stage when they only wanted me- they wouldn’t even let Daddy hold them. And now Brenna, Joshua, and Madalyn are all “big kids,” too big and busy to need Mama constantly like they once did. I miss how Joshy couldn’t play with his toys unless I was sitting next to him. I miss those days when Madalyn sat perched on my hip from morning until bedtime. They grow up way too quickly.

    So even though this clingy phase presents challenges, try to enjoy this time when you are the “one and only” in your sweet baby’s eyes.

    Love, Melissa 🙂

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