Meghan - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
I have been having some anxiety issues, of course starting when my son was born (welcome to parenthood right?). I get nervous over normal things concerning his health, baby proofing, being in the car and out on the town. My anxiety has increased though over the past few days when a news story grabbed my attention. In Austin TX, where I am from, an 18 month old baby was "accidentally" left in the car by the parent. The Dad, veering from his normal routine, forgot to drop his son off at day care and went about his business as usual. The baby died of Hyperthermia after being left in the car for 7 hours. The heat index that day reached 106. The dad is now in jail for endangerment.
Horror stories like this happen often but I can't stop thinking about this one in particular and that poor baby. The past few nights I have had trouble sleeping and I just cry for this baby that I didn't even know just imagining how awful it was for him being all alone and forgotten. I don't want to feel like this but I keep playing in my mind what this poor baby went through. Probably woke up from a nap and realized he was alone, stuck there defenseless, locked in his car seat, crying for his parents.
I just get so overwhelmed with stories of babies suffering. Our children are so defenseless and they need us so badly. I just can't imagine my 6 month old anywhere without me.
I don't know what to do. How do others handle anxiety? My family and friends tell me that it's normal to feel like this once you become a parent but I feel like mine is going overboard. I worry about my son constantly and just want him to be safe all the time. Help.