How much independent play is "too much"?
So no matter what, Jacoby prefers to play independently. He'll spend hours in his playpen or his exersaucer just doing his own thing, and gets cranky if we bother him.
He hates to be read to, no matter the book, he just doesn't want to sit still and listen/pay attention to it. And he's not one to cuddle - besides feeding him, I haven't got a good cuddle in months, and now he doesn't even want to be rocked to sleep. While this sounds like a relief to mom's with needy babies, Jacoby is the exactly opposite and that makes me just as nervous. How much is normal at 7 months?
When he does want to play with us, he giggles, smiles and mimics us just fine. He babbles at/with us and is interactive at meal time. He has no seperation/stranger anxeity and loves everyone. He's very easy going and adapts to new situations very well - but part of the mommy in me is worried.
So should I feel blessed that he's so independent and not needy or do you think this could be the precursor to something like an Autism Spectrum Disorder? I don't want to go googling first, because if I'm being crazy worried for no reason I'll go looking for symptoms that aren't there (like KK with the finger snapping).....