I have some weighty work-related issues on my mind this week. Obviously, I can’t talk about those in a blog post, but they involve ethics and competing forces.
When I picked Punkie up at day care yesterday, he was content. When I walked in, he was calm and “chatting” with one of the ladies in his room. I picked Punkie up and greeted him and he was fine. His daily “how he did today” note said he had a great day and was especially happy and smiling all day. We began the drive home and he was quiet in the back seat.
During the drive, my mind wandered to my work issue and I felt the stress creep back in. And Punkie began to cry.
He cried for the rest of the drive home. He cried while I was unbuckling and talking to him. He cried while I sang to him and rocked him. He cried while he ate his banana and blueberry puree. He cried in his Jumperoo.
He settled down only after he was seated on the floor with his toys and after I laid down on the floor next to him to relax.
I’m wondering – what did I do that upset him? I didn’t really DO anything wrong – I talked and sang to him and we did our evening routine.
Can he pick up on my stress like a satellite dish? Is there such a thing as baby intuition?
If so, that would be very bad news. I am kind of a stress monster. My job is stressful and my non-husband/non-Punkie family life is stressful.
Is Punkie doomed to stress-monsterdom?