Lil Z-Bear hit a big emotional milestone this weekend – Stranger anxiety.
I have mixed feelings about it. I must confess, part of me thought he may skip it all together. He has a sweet, happy temperament and is a very social and interactive baby, so I thought maybe he’d continue to take to strangers just as well as he does to those familiar to him. But much to our surprise, when handled a couple of times by people he doesn’t know too well, he shed some big, fat tears and was scrambling to be held by mama or papa to be comforted.
It has caused some anxiety in us as well. It created quite a stir to see him so unsettled, even by our nanny who just came back after a 3 and half week vacation. Even though he has always been quite fond of her, it seems that he has forgotten who she is. Or maybe he has gotten too accustomed to having mama and papa around. And nothing piles on the mama guilt more than watching him wail when I leave the house to go to work (or even when I leave the room, he seems quite upset when he sees mama disappear).
However, a part of me is thrilled also. Not because he is upset, but because I can’t believe this little boy of ours who means more to us than anything in this world feels just as attached to us. It really makes us feel like superstars, the fact that just mama and papa alone can make his day. But even so, we are already making plans on how we can expose the little cub to more people so he becomes at ease with everyone. And because we want our Lil Z-Bear to freely give and receive love from as many people as possible.