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DD was never a 'high needs' child but for some reason the past few days has insisted on being in constant physical contact with me. She is 7.5 months old and really.. has no other symptoms. Nursed really well (better than usually, actually), had four dirty diapers (which is more than lately, probably cause she's nursed so much), slept fairly well.<br><br>
She doesn't appear to be hurting very much but.. kind of out of it. No fever. If I set her on the floor, she seems uninterested in her toys or any other non toy thing she's commandeered like wooden spoons and the like and will quickly crawl toward me. She does get interested in things and will play for short periods of time but whine softly while she does. She's had no solids and no vax.<br><br>
I'm feeling a bit touched out. My heart goes out to those mommas whose kids have been like this from day one.<br><br>
I have this sense that she might be sore somewhere (gums perhaps) but I don't want to go giving her Motrin or anything unless it's absolutely necessary. Teething tables have pretty much not done anything for us.<br><br>
Is this a phase? She's usually a curious smiling child, and today she acts as if being away from me is punishment of some sort. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Unfortunately it is a phase - I've been dealing with it for several months now (mine is 9 months). Some days I don't feel very nice, because I'm sick of him! If I am anywhere around, he wants me and only me. Otherwise he will stick pretty close to another caregiver. I actually started to post about this this morning, but decided not to, because I know what everyone will say - hold him and carrying him, he'll grow out of it!<br><br>
I am sick of holding and carrying him! I have just found the best thing I can do is just put him down for short periods of time when he is well fed and rested and try to get him engaged in an activity. And I'm just letting the house go, until we get through this. I'm also pregnant and tired, and I just get irritable and unhappy when I start trying to get things done.<br><br>
Teething does hit at around the same time, and some days I have found a little pain reliever helps on the days when the clingyness is the worst. But mostly, I think it is just a phase. DD did this too (excpet she was velcro from day 1 and by this point was starting to get easier to deal with).<br><br>
The hardest part of the day for me is the morning - he is getting up early and wanting me to be up with him, and I have a hard time not resenting that, because I'm not a morning person and on top of it pregnant. And the past few nights he's reverted to night waking, so he's not currently my favorite child.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Of course she's all smily for DH when he gets home and he totally thinks it's all in my head or something.<br><br>
She's also managed to bump her head more than once, poor kid, with a lot of crying afterwards.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm sorry you're having such a hard time.
 

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Hey, she's interested in dh - that's a good sign, maybe it will pass quickly for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I have noticed just this month that ds is crawling toward dh when he comes home. I think he's starting to separate, but he is *such* a mama's boy! DS's thing is that he pulls up somewhere and then is afraid to lower himself down, so he will stand there and cry when he gets tired waiting to be rescued! It's pretty funny! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Ah, well, one day at a time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My son is quite a bit younger than your little one, only 4 months, but I feel your pain. My husband doesn't understand why I can't get anything done when I am home with the baby in the evenings because he's able to get him to sit by himself and play with toys. I can't. The baby always wants to be touching me when I'm home. He doesn't like the sling. He will tolerate the front carrier when we're at the grocery store, but at home... forget it.<br><br>
Every now and then I can prop him up against his boppy and he'll play with toys as long as the vacuum cleaner is running nearby. This gives me just enough time to take the dogs out, wash my face, brush my teeth, and change into my pj's before he starts screaming.
 
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