I think Beauty may have some mild SPD (sensory processing disorder.) It’s hardly surprising, given that half my family has it to some extent. It’s little things: she freaks out if her eyes are covered, she hates mouthing things (except fingers, tables, and orange slices) and she doesn’t like sudden shifts and movements. She also freaks out if I’m not the one holding her, and that seems to be getting worse, not better. She prefers that people keep their distance.
Mom suggested I start leaving her with someone (my mom, or Hero’s mom, or any number of other people who would be happy to oblige) for about 20 minutes each day, so she gets desensitized. I suspect that’s the way to go, since I’ve been considering something similar. She’s not quite six months old, which is really too early for this sort of clingyness.
I’m worried that I’m overreacting, but I guess that’s fairly normal. And nothing I’m considering will do any harm if I’m wrong. I’m just worried that I’m falling into the old trap: when all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.