We rented a cottage in northern Ontario a few days ago and the place was just teeming with spiders, mostly outdoors but we caught sight of a few indoors also. I have a big fear of spiders, but I tried not to let him see that I didn’t like them. When I cought sight of a tiny spider in the living room I pointed it out to him and sang incy wincy spider. He didn’t really like the look of the spider but he didn’t seem too bothered. Later when he was looking into the air conditioning vent on the floor he must have seen a spider. He let out the most fearful cry I have ever heard from him and ran into my arms making his sign for spider. He didn’t calm down for several minutes. He never really recovered from that for the next few days, when he was in the house he would fearfully look around every few minutes and make the sign for spider and wouldn’t calm down until I reasurred him that there were no spiders around.
He really acts like how I felt when I was more afraid of spiders where a spider sighting would leave me on edge for hours afterwards but I really didn’t think a baby would have the concentration span to remember an incident for so long. Is this normal baby behavior?