The first time I noticed it a couple of months ago, we were at the Farm and when the cows mooed in the next field over, he practically leapt into my arms and buried his face in my shoulder. Also at the farm, he was terrified of the bleating sheep. He curled his whole body into mine as I carried him through the barn; I've never seen him react like that, but could feel his fear in his posture.
Lately, the list of things that he says he is afraid of has grown to include clowns (okay, so I get that one), the sirens and truck horns at the Santa Claus parade, ghosts, and... snowmen. It's going to be a long holiday season if he's afraid of snowmen, considering they're one of my favourite holiday icons and I'm sure I have a dozen or more iterations on the snowman theme in my box of Christmas decorations.
He doesn't seem overly troubled by most of what he claims to be afraid of, but when he saw clowns at the parade (even across the street) he curled himself into me and averted his face until I assured him they were well out of sight.
I've been dismissing this as a two-year-old phase, but now that the list of things is growing incrementally toward pantophobia, I'm beginning to be concerned. This past weekend, at least a couple of times a day he would tell me he was afraid of something. Not to mention the fact that he's getting to be a big boy - close to 40 lbs - and cradling him in my arms with my own growing belly is getting to be a problem!
Care to share your experiences with kid fears? Is it a phase to be indulged and waited out, or would you try to confront the fears?