Eli has been recovering from a mega cold that caused bronchitis and some major teething. In the middle of that, he has developed separation anxiety. It applies to both Barry and I, but mostly Barry.
Makes a mama feel really good.
But I guess it’s only natural since Barry is the one spending all his time with the kids.
It does stink for me, though, because when he leaves the room Eli will flat out breakdown. It doesn’t seem like anything I do will comfort him.
And as his mama, I want to comfort him.
I’ve tried distracting, holding him, ignoring him, re direction, singing, food lol I’m not sure how else to help him through it.
I’ve also seen him reacting poorly to other children and strangers. He wants nothing to do with other children. We have play dates and Eli will either cry, sit completely still and never move or try to push the child away. Other adults he’s not familiar with…forget about it.
I don’t know what to do about it except continue to expose him to other children.
I took him outside today, which he normally loves, and he wanted nothing to do with it. Just sat in one place. 😦
But we had a dinner family night at a very busy restaurant and he did great- even ate food straight from my plate. So I’m baffled.
AND!! He’s being a turkey about naps! He will sleep in his bed for 30-45 min but then wake up screaming. If I move him to our bed, he will go back to sleep- normally for another 2-3 hours! Otherwise he just cries and fusses for the rest of the day. At night he sleeps fine in his bed.
*sigh* so any suggestions?
Our speech therapist is coming out to watch him eat this week. I’m sure this will prompt some kind of major freak out for me. We have a lot to work on communication wise, and while I know that our therapists are out of the world amazing, I worry for Eli. As Eli gets older, his delays become more evident and it’s hard on this mama. I know he doesn’t care, and every child develops at their own pace, I just want him to be successful. 🙂 you know, mama bear and all.
So let me take a breath to say this- the Newman’s are having typical kid problems. Lol
Ds related? Nope. Just a 17 month old lol
On the upside- Ruby is doing awesome! Her acid reflux meds are helping so much, she has a great schedule, she is waking only once a night, and goes down easily for bed. She is a little angel…for now 😉
Ok, fix my mama problems for me. GO! 🙂