Photography: Marcella S. Photography
In what feels like overnight, I have noticed London’s separation anxiety is at an all-time high. Whenever I attempt to even leave the room, she freaks out and cries these HUGE crocodile tears. No one can calm her down; not even her daddy. I am fortunate enough that I can get to the office a little late on some days so I have found myself laying there and consoling her until she falls back asleep. She has also gotten into the habit of waking up earlier than her usual time and struggles to go back to sleep unless she is next to me. Nick used to think it was because she woke up hungry or had a wet diaper, but I observe this behavior throughout the day, especially when our sitter arrives and we both leave for work. Although, this may seem like an exhausting burden to some parents, research shows that “Separation anxiety is a good sign… It means your child has a good attachment with you and is a strong psychological sign that they will grow to be confident and independent.” So stay calm, mamas! This too shall pass!
In addition to finding some amazing sitters, I have found a few ways to ease my Baby London’s separation anxiety when I am getting ready to walk out the door. For one, I take advantage of the “art of distraction.” I can usually get a giggle or two out of her by saying “peek-a-boo” or singing her a song in the midst of her wailing. She immediately forgets what was upsetting her and seems to be okay. I also always make sure to say goodbye to her and not sneak out. I want to make sure she always trusts me and ever since she learned how to wave “bye-bye” she seems to really enjoy doing so. I am so thankful I only work a six-hour shift but whenever I can, I sneak in a little facetime so London can hear my voice and interact with me. She loooovvveess to facetime and gets the biggest smile on her face whenever she hears the phone’s facetime ring. Lately she likes to show off her clapping and jumping from couch to couch skills while I am on the phone with her. I am confident that our experience with separation anxiety is a phase that she will grow out of soon.
On another note, I’m sure you could guess what London and I were up to today- our builder had us back to working on our house homework. We went to a few bath and kitchen galleries so we could pick out the plumbing fixtures for the powder room and washrooms in our new house. Everything is coming along quickly and ahead of schedule so Mumma and London need to get everything done in a timely manner. I have attached some of my powder and washroom inspiration below and you can see even more on our Pinterest page here. Daddy says us girlies can pick everything out and he will just give us the final go. I love decorating and London is having a blast going to all of the galleries with me and checking out all of the shiny things.
After that we went for ice cream in downtown Birmingham and then walked to Shain Park. London and I threw a few pennies into the fountain and made a wish. I’ll end this with one of my all-time favorite quotes for all you girl mamas, “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” Keep dreaming, my sweet London, love.