Lamb has become so clingy. I know it’s just a phase. I know one day I’ll be desperate for her to be clingy again as she pushes me away. But there are days when I think there might be fire coming out of my ears. On Sunday I’m pretty sure I heard the word “momma” about 8 billion times. I started to wonder why my child had lost her ability to say any other word from her relatively good vocabularly. She even yelled MOMMA MOMMA MOMMA MOMMA as I was carrying her up the stairs. SHE WAS IN MY ARMS. I mean, seriously? She also threw goldfish at me from her car seat. I can tell we’re getting closer to 2 every day.
Lamb started not wanting to go to bed anymore. She wanted me to hold her and would freak out if I left the room. After a night when it took 1.5 hours to get her to sleep, I decided to try a more firm and yet still gentle approach. I know she loves her bed. I know she’s capable of sleeping in her bed. I indulged her once when she got upset when I started to leave. I picked her up and hugged her tight for a long time. I told her, Lamb is going to go night night. Momma is going to go downstairs. And in the morning, we will cuddle. I told her this about 10 times in a row. She silently listened. Then I asked her, What is Lamb going to do? She responded “night night” and then I asked And what is momma going to do? She responded “stairs.” So, I put her in her bed. She cried, I walked out. She cried for about 5-10 minutes then stopped. The next night it was only a brief 10 second protest.
I also bought her the OK to Wake clock, which glows green in the morning at a time that I’ve set. I have set it to 6:15 am. I feel that’s an appropriate time. I’m not entirely sure how to train her. I’m not in the camp of completely leaving her in her crib to cry until it turns on (sometimes she wakes at 5:45), but I did put her in the adult bed in her room and laid with her in the dark until the light came on, giving her no verbal attention. I reinforce when she sleeps until the light comes on. I also talk about it a lot too. I think it might work. I’ll report back.
But the clinginess. The 100% mom show is making my back ACHE. Girl weighs over 28lbs. It’s hard to carry her around all the time. I know I’ll long for a day when I can hold her again, and so I tell myself that. But sometimes momma just needs a 1 hour break!!!! (and I do get one, at work, 40 hours a week).