My 18 month old son has been acting fearfully in some situations and I am a little concerned.
We went to a sing along he had never been to before with 2 guys performing and they made some sort of loudish noise and he started crying and wanted to leave, then the other day we went to a carrousel for the first time and he was TERRIFIED- shaking terribly and saying NO-No- it was pretty upsetting- the carrousel was going quite fast I have to admit- I got dizzy myself though. Then yesterday we went to another sing along at the same cafe a cafe where he had been before and he abruptly started saying No-No let's go-let's go.
I am not sure if he was cared or bored but he seemed a bit nervous...Today we went by a fire station and he asked to see the fire truck- there was a firefighter talking to some kids and he put on a mask and my son got scared and said no-no so we left.
He used to be a very fearless infant and never went through a "stranger anxiety" face at all...
He also sometimes (not often though hits his head with his hand)- Maybe when he is tired....
It may be completely normal for this stage of development but I was wondering if anyone else's kids are or went through similar stages. ( I must confess I haven't read up much on development or toddler behavior lately- I am so exhausted I am barely making it through the day as he wakes up every couple of hrs every night!)
He has also been very clingy to me- nursing A LOT, hanging from my legs and gets VERY upset if I leave- In fact, I almost NEVER leave him-you can probably count the times I have been away in the last few months with just one hand! I should mention he's getting molars and has been non stop for 3 weeks???-
I suffer from anxiety and wonder if I am passing it to him-or he is genetically predisposed to it- don't know- I might be making too much of a big deal of it (I tend to do that
) but I am beginning to feel like it is my fault he is going through this or I am messing him up?!....
I should also say- on the positive side that he is generally a happy kid, plays runs jumps and dances a lot. He is great with the people he knows-close family and friends.
He is very bright and extremely verbal-says probably over 100 words in 2 languages and everyone comments he is very (don't mean to boast-just trying to paint the whole picture) that he seems older. He is not always clingy either- when we go out he often fights me to hold his hand and wants to do his own thing and explore without caring where I am..He rarely cries- only if he gets hurt or is extremely overtired or I leave..
Any advice/comments for this mama?