Monday, June 09, 2008

Mommy's girl

It's separation anxiety, no doubt about it.

Tonight we were finally back to our usual bedtime routine. Mr. December bathed Kali and sang to her while rocking. She screamed. And screamed. After about ten minutes I went in to make sure she wasn't sick or in pain or something... the second I walked in and started talking, her screaming faltered. She was laughing and cooing by the time I had her on the change table.

She passed inspection. She was fine. I handed her back to her daddy and left the room. She screamed.

I figured Mr. December could do without me hovering. I thought they could work it out together if I just wasn't around to swoop in and save the day. I went out.

I came back twenty minutes later. Kali was still screaming.

You can guess the rest, but I'll write it anyway: I held Kali and rocked her, and she drifted into sleep. I tried to pass her to Mr. December. She screamed. I took her back; she smiled and fell asleep.

I think our days of hiring babysitters are officially over. Not that we hired babysitters very often, but I don't think it's even an option now. Not because I don't want Kali to cry... I don't want to make the babysitters cry.

So yeah, if anybody needs me, just look for the mom wearing the baby with the diabolical smile.

Help?

7 comments:

Heather said...

As a former babysitter who had a baby who cried the entire time the mother was gone, I thank you for thinking of the poor babysitter. Of course, if you can find a nice grandmotherly sort to keep her for an hour or so with the understanding that she will cry...it might work out. Enough for you and hubby to grab a meal together.

Jacqueline said...

Just wanted to let you know I've been reading and enjoying and learning from you posts...and I finally signed up so I can begin leaving posts on blogs! I'm 19 weeks pregnant now so it's so helpful to read what you went through and what I have coming! Thanks! Hopefully, your baby is just going through a phase-I hear there is a phase that babies just want their mommies. Good luck! I hope this phase passes quickly...

FunkyFrum said...

my son went through the same thing, and he eventually grew out of it. good luck in the meantime

Dagny said...

OH, what a stinker she is!!! LOL

Poor Dad.

Dagny said...

And, I forgot to add, I have baby sat those babies as well....

not pretty. LOL

ms. c said...

Oy! Sorry, Sara, I have no advice for you. But this sounds decidedly un-fun.
I have to admit that everytime you write about something I think: Oh no! That will be us in 3 months!!
I appreciate your honesty, and hope, as funkyfrum says, that Kali will grow out of it...

sariel & shlomit said...

hey girl...i see i have a few posts to catch up on...in the meantime, i hope princess kali grows out of this really soon!!!!
peace
shlomit