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What My Separation Anxiety-Riddled Baby Thinks I Do vs. What I Actually Do (PHOTOS)

Separation anxiety

Her separation anxiety-induced tears would move me more if I were actually gone

The last thing I want to do is underestimate the very real, emotional pain from which babies with separation anxiety suffer.

Poor 8-month-old Peony has been bursting into tears lately every time I go away. However, I work from home and spend all day, every day with her. Yes, occasionally I leave her to walk out of the room. The thing is, I always return, like, five seconds later.

As such, it seems to be a ridiculously active imagination that leads to her frequent sobs. I’m pretty sure I know what she’s thinking, because I’m intuitive like that. If only my life were as exciting as her tears of agony at my absence seem to indicate it is.

Take a look:

 


  • Wait! Don’t go! Come back! 1 of 12
    Wait! Don't go! Come back!
    The second I am out of her line of sight she'll scream like I'm going skydiving over the Bermuda Triangle, never to return.
  • I wish my life were that exciting 2 of 12
    I wish my life were that exciting
    Occasionally I need to fetch myself a glass of water. It's hardly sexy, unless hydration turns you on, that is.
  • Giving away MY milk? How COULD you? 3 of 12
    Giving away MY milk? How COULD you?
    I wonder if she suspects her milk is actually communal property, and maybe that's what gets her all in a tizzy when I'm out of sight — the idea that I might be sharing her goodies with others.
  • Even cows need a rest 4 of 12
    Even cows need a rest
    Easy, killer. It's all yours, but sometimes the source needs a minute to replenish.
  • Youre totally going to clap and sing without me. Admit it. 5 of 12
    Youre totally going to clap and sing without me. Admit it.
    Maybe she thinks I've left for music class to sing her favorite tunes, like, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," but she is no longer welcome to show how she's happy, and she knows it. Probably because she's too miserable due to the fact that I've left the room.
  • The only singing Ill be doing is in the shower 6 of 12
    The only singing Ill be doing is in the shower
    OK, I'll admit sometimes I leave the room for more than five seconds. But that's usually just to shower. She'll thank me for taking the time to sanitize. Someday.
  • More babies! Other babies! How COULD you? 7 of 12
    More babies! Other babies! How COULD you?
    Sometimes I wonder if her cries are actually shrieks of jealousy, like she thinks I'm leaving her behind to go play with other babies.
  • More pee 8 of 12
    More pee
    Because the reality is sometimes I just need to leave her behind so I can go to the bathroom. Not all of us have the benefit of diapers, after all.
  • Don’t let the good times roll without me! 9 of 12
    Don't let the good times roll without me!
    I get the distinct feeling from the fat tears that roll hurriedly down her cheeks that she thinks when I put her to sleep at night the party in the other room is just getting started.
  • Zzzzzzzzz 10 of 12
    Zzzzzzzzz
    The reality is that the party is on my pillow, as I am frequently not far behind her on the REM trail.
  • I want to go, too! Take me! 11 of 12
    I want to go, too! Take me!
    Occasionally her meltdowns seem to imply she believes that I have set off on a year-round trip around the world.
  • Um, Im still here. Hello? 12 of 12
    Um, Im still here. Hello?
    Turn around, bright eyes. I'm in the same room as you; I just walked to the other side of it.

Photo credits: iStock

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