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

By Meredith Carroll |

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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:

 

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Separation anxiety is no joke, but we're never actually separated

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.

Photo credits: iStock

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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

  1. Yvette says:

    LMAO.. I’m just on the other side of it.. this was so funny. I’m not looking forward to this when my son gets older. I will be enlisting after he turns 1 and I’m praying his dad can handle that crazy time where he won’t be with mommy 24/7 .. awwww I’m missing him already!

  2. Allison says:

    My 9 month old is going through the same phase and it’s driving me INSANE. Every time I go to the gym they have to call me over the loud speaker to come get her from the play room. I’ve also taken to showering with the curtain open so she won’t scream the entire time. Gaaaaaa!!!!!

  3. Jenny says:

    Perhaps she knows that you named her Peony. Unless you DON’T pronounce it like the flower, (Pee-uh-knee) she is on for a lifetime of ridicule on the school yard.

  4. Chandra says:

    I’m going through this with my 9 month old daughter. Its so exhausting! I dunno what she’s gonna do when I get a job…

  5. Sai says:

    I know what u mean my baby 8 months old the second I leave his sight I get a big o’ scream and the tears start rolling >.< but mammy needs to eat and shower and pee definitely pee

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