Lydia is an ambitious baby but gets frustrated easily and screams when she can't make herself do what she wants to do. (We think her goal is a triathlon at age two.)
When you are six months, the umbilical cord doesn't stretch very far. I had a monster migraine this weekend. All I could do was lay on the floor on pillows. That way Lydia could be near me. Interestingly, she never screamed once. I think when she got frustrated, she just crawled over to me, nursed a little, climbed around on me, then, fortified, went back to baby adventuring. She was a supremely contented baby.
Now I can't lay around on the floor all the time, but it certainly illustrates the profound need a baby has for mom's sheer availability. Even the teens check in. When they return from being away from home, they usually go directly to where ever I am. Often the best response I get to "How did it go?" is a sort of grunt and a "fine". (They always elaborate on that helpful tidbit of information later.) Big kids just need to check in right away, they need mom's availability too.
I still call my mom on a regular basis. When there is something good or bad to report, she is the first person I call. My siblings and I still need her availability . We are fortified by checking in with mom.
God created us to need moms, so it is no surprise that He gave us His own dear mother to help mother us on our journey here on earth. Nothing fortifies and comforts us like checking in with her!