A month ago, I would have probably bragged that my son never showed any signs of separation anxiety if you asked me. I would have said something about that being "one of the benefits I've seen of having him in daycare" or, "we just always have him around people," like - somehow - his lack of this "condition" was a result of my stellar parenting.
A month ago, when I told you all that, I would have been being honest; but now? Now, ladies and gentlemen, we have officially boarded the "separation anxiety" train, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon...
Ever since my trip to Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago, Sam has been incredibly clingy to me. He always wants me to hold him, cries when I leave the house (or room, for that matter), and the like. This weekend, for example, we were driving through a neighborhood looking at houses (just for fun - we do that) and Sam had a total FIT when I took two steps away from the car to grab a flier... has even started affecting his night-time sleep recently - as in, he won't go to sleep without me and he goes CRAZY if he wakes up in the middle of the night and I'm not right there. It is bad.
I'll admit it... At first I kind-of liked it. Especially since I had been gone and it was nice to feel "missed." But, man, that stuff will take a toll on you... I am exhausted, and I feel terrible because I started back to work this week and have no choice but to leave him for a few hours each morning. In my mind, I know that he is fine and the separation is healthy for him; but, oh it breaks my heart to leave the house with him crying!
From the little internet research (which we all know is completely reliable) I've done, it seems like all of this is pretty normal. It is inconvenient, but not surprising, that is also corresponds with my return to work part-time. But, some things I've read say this stage can last until the child is up to TWO years old. Oh no you don't.
Have you had experience with separation anxiety? How did you handle it? Do you have any tips for overcoming it, or is it best just to ride it out?
I'd love to hear from you!