Jack was so clingy yesterday when I got home that he started bawling when I walked out of the room. Actually, I think the problem was that he wasn’t done nursing but because he was taking his sweet time and fiddling with the cat, I put him down so I could go to the bathroom. We were the only ones home, so I didn’t close the door but he just stood in the dining room and cried from there, ignoring my invitation to join me in the bathroom.
So I reached into my bag of tricks and pulled out something unexpected. I leaned back so that the wall obscurred me, then leaned forward with my arms reaching out and wiggled my fingers while sputtering, “blaaaargheeebaaah!” I did this quite a few times and Jack’s crying immediately turned into laughter (was he laughing at my weird sounds and movements, or the fact that I was acting like a moron while sitting on the toilet? I’ll never know…). So that is my tip of the week – when things get tough, do something weird and unexpected to cheer the kid right up!