Recently, my 8 1/2 month old son has started being VERY whiny and VERY needy. I don't know what his deal is, but I am about 2 seconds away from losing my damn mind. It just seemed to start randomly one day and it's been going on for about a week now. He cries almost uncontrollably if I don't hold him or pick him up (he does also have moments or periods of time where he's perfectly fine playing by himself). He doesn't enjoy playing by himself as much as he used to it seems (he'll be fine if I'm playing or interacting in some way with him). If I'm holding him for whatever reason and then go to sit him on the floor with his toys, 90% of the time now he will cry and/or crawl after me and continue crying. I literally feel like I can't do anything during the day anymore unless he's napping. I try, but the continuous crying when I'm trying to do something is just too much.
I guess maybe it's separation anxiety??? But I'm a stay-at-home mom and we're together all day long, so I don't know what he's getting anxious about if that's the case.
This morning I could not handle it and I just had to go put him in his crib. He was sleeping in less than 5 minutes. Maybe he's going through some change or a growth spurt?? Teething (but I haven't seen any new teeth)?? But back to the sleeping thing for a minute---is it okay if his sleeping pattern changes at this age?? He never goes down for his 1st nap this early (every morning he is awake for the day at 6am---it's like he's got an internal clock that tells him it's 6am and it's time to get up--but I can tell he'd go back to sleep/he's tired, but he just won't go back to sleep for some reason). I'm worried this early nap is going to screw up his sleeping, but maybe I just need to relax about it.. He only naps twice a day (I'm guessing today will be 3 naps?); he goes down for his 1st nap around 10am and his second nap is around 4pm give or take.
I need help moms. I don't know what to do with any of this... and I hate that I get so angry at his crying. :(