Thank you guys for the support and suggestions on my Mama Instincts post. It's a little hard to be so open about doubting myself or being unsure of what I'm doing as a mom, but it's all part of learning! Jacob is doing a lot better, with just a little lingering cough left. Elizabeth suggested that I look into pulsatilla as a possible natural remedy for his clingyness. Goodness, did Pulsatilla ever describe Jacob! Pulsatilla is both a flower and a mood in children. Pulsatilla babies need a lot of constant reassurance and to constantly find security in their moms. They will cry when the mom gets up to get a glass of water, wash dishes, or do anything that is not holding them. This was exactly how Jacob had been acting for the past month and a half. He was fine when we went away for Christmas because there were a lot of cousins and distractions, but as soon as we got back home, he was extremely clingy again. It wasn't a whiny clingy-ness, it was a scared grasp for me. He would not be ok with me sitting him down in front of me to play instead of on my lap, he wouldn't sleep unless he was latched on to my breast, and would not be comforted by Josh. I was used to Jacob being a smiley, playful, and semi-independent boy, so this threw me for a loop. I was also not able to get anything done (a common problem for moms of pulsatilla babies) since he was always in my arms and I'd have to lay down with him during his naps. Sounds scared him a lot, too- a car driving by outside would send him crawling to me as fast as he could, crying.
We went to his naturopath last Friday and after hearing me list off these symptoms, she also brought up pulsatilla. A sure sign of pulsatilla is the child's fussiness clearing up when they are outside, which is exactly what Jacob did. She suggested we try pulsatilla pellets for a few days. Oh.My.Word. It was almost instantly a night and day difference. Jacob slept for 5 hours in a row that night, alone in his crib! He is back to playing near me but not needing to be in my arms. Yesterday, he fully entertained himself for the first time ever! He tore up the living room playing with blocks, books, and instruments while I sat on the couch knitting. It kind of blew my mind. He is also TAKING REGULAR NAPS now. Every day. For longer than 30 minutes. I'm slowly getting accustomed to having a couple of hours a day to myself and having a chance to get things done around the house! My arms and back are getting a nice break, too. Most importantly, Jacob is back to his crazy and friendly self again, smiling and saying hi to everyone he sees!