Our daughter is 9 months old. her separation anxiety from me coincided with the very day she began to crawl. the need to explore physically balancing the need to stay safe emotionally - amazing!
However, just wondering what may be going on with this: When my partner is with her, or we have visitors, she is very happy and will play easily, etc. If I walk into the room, or she spots or hears me, however, she begins the noises/facial expressions indicating that she seems distressed. (She is going through intense teething difficulty right now, as well as recovering from mild flu/diaper rash).
Is this a case of, when I am around, she is feeling safe/vulnerable enough to express the pain she may be experiencing from her teething and related physical discomforts? She will literally begin crawling away from people toward me when i enter the room, almost in a panic with distress face, despite that she was very happily playing and being played with, seconds earlier. Then in my arms, where she clearly wants to be, she continues needing reassurance/settling. That to say, I am not an immediate relief to her. she seems to fuss more when I'm with her. Within minutes, if I put her down and leave the room, she'll get distracted with daddy and begin playing happily with him again, now that I'm not present.
My partner is only able to spend his daddy time with her throughout the day now when I am out of sight, becuase this seems to be the only time she is her cheerful self with him (only when I'm not in sight)
would love your take,