It’s hard to imagine, but the time will come when our baby is wiggling out of our arms in search of something far more interesting than his mom and dad.
That time is not now.
Allow me to introduce you to Cling Wrap. Otherwise known as our son who, at nine-and-a-half months, is dealing with separation anxiety.
This sweet child of mine does not want to be put in the highchair or playpen and he definitely does not want me out of his sight. Not even for a second.
I can’t set him down to go pee. Or shower. Or put on my pants.
Now if I were to appease his insane hold-me-every-single-second pleas (which are accompanied by big, plump tears and all), I’d be burdened by a very full bladder, grimey from not bathing and wandering the streets without pants on.
This hardly seems fair. He gets to pee uninterrupted whenever he wants, have relaxing bath time with bubbles and toys and everything, and he gets to wear pants.
And do you know what else he gets? To enjoy these civilized rituals without having to listen to me wail.
One friend told me recently she skips morning showers because of her baby’s demands. Instead she waits until her husband gets home from work to have one.
So, fellow moms with Cling-Wrap kids, what are your tricks for having a minute—a literal minute—to grab a shirt, any old shirt, even one that’s wrinkled and unwashed, and slip it on in peace?
Are you able to get food into you, say a cracker or two, without having to endure the sad, painful cries of betrayal as your babe reaches out for you, desperate for you to pick him or her up?
I must know, does your baby give you the courtesy of enjoying bellow-free bathing time?
If so, what is your secret?
Personally, I've come to accept the fact that babies will protest quite loudly at times and that this is very stressful, but it's important to keep calm and carry on. You know, carry on using the loo, putting on clothing and consuming bits of food every now and again.
In the meantime, try to remember that this super clingy, can't-get-enough-of-mom stage shall pass and when it does, it might actually be more than just a little sad.