DS will be 8 months old in a few days. Till just last week he was the easiest, most laid back, most perfect, independent baby. Hardly ever cried, slept great, and played well by himself. Smiled and giggled all the time. Then suddenly he turned into a whiny little baby-monster [Sesame Street says monsters aren't evil, so calm down and think Oscar the Grouch, not Alien] who cries anytime anyone walks away from him, screams when we take something away or keep him from getting to something he wants (like cords, electronics, etc.), and fights us when we try to do something he doesn't want.
Diaper changes are a complete nightmare. So is dressing him and getting him ready for bed. He wants to turn over and crawl and climb off the table, and if I flip him over, he throws a tantrum. He doesn't want to be put on his back for any reason whatsoever. He immediately tries to get back up.
He's also been waking up once or twice in the middle of the night only to cry and scream if we don't sit with him. He suddenly won't take his paci and go back to sleep. The sleep thing isn't a huge deal, but it certainly is hard to deal with on top of the all-day meltdowns.
This happened about two weeks after he started crawling, pulling up to stand and cruise, and got two teeth.
Some days he acts like he wants me in the floor with him all day, not necessarily to, play with him, just be on his level. Needless to say,
I'm not getting much done, so the house and my husband are suffering.
I can't decide if he's just overwhelmed by the new milestones, uncomfortable from the teething, starting to get separation anxiety, or is testing out his new independence. Or maybe all the above?
Any idea what's going on here? Advice, insight? I'm puzzled and exhausted, and it's getting hard to enjoy my time with my baby. I honestly was not expecting tantrums at not even 8 months. :