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15 June 2006 @ 11:43 am
Sudden separation anxiety  

Hello girls - it has been a while! I've found a lot of Philip's recent "phases" to be manageable for the most part, but this latest one is driving me CRAZY and I need to know how you got through it...

Philip is 27 months old and has always been left with people. (That sounds bad.) My parents, My in laws, my friends, the daycare at the gym... he's never EVER had a problem with separation anxiety and in fact has always been bounding away from me saying "bye bye mommy!". Until a few days ago, and it is like a light flip switched and he was instantly turned into a clingy boy.

2 days ago I took him to the gym - as we've been doing for a few weeks now - and instead of bounding off happily he screamed bloody murder. I had to take him home after him not calming down after 15 minutes. I gave him a day off, and today we went back. I started about 30 minutes before we went, talking about the gym, saying momy would go bye bye, things like that. We brought his favorite blanket, drink and snacks. I stayed with him for about 5 minutes, playing with him, preparing him.... and still he wouldn't calm down. Finally he did... and they told me that he stopped crying 3 or 4 minutes after I left.

This has been going on for a few days now, and like I said it is out of the BLUE. Is this kind of thing genuinley a phase, or am I going to have to deal with separation problems from now on? Do they get worse as he gets older? I'm surprised that it is showing up now, and not ever earlier.

I've been going through a really rough time personally, and I do wonder if he's picked up on that - being a sensitive boy as he is - and is clingy because he knows mommy is sad? I don't know. :/

Thougts? Ideas? Personal eSxperiences? 

Current Mood: crankycranky
Mrs. Yluckygrrl75 on June 15th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
I believe it to be a phase...you are right on with your last paragraph though...they totally pick up on it no matter how well you think you hide it : /
Kal got weirded out at the gym too and 5 minutes later he was fine!
Kdragonankh on June 16th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Philip is 27 months old and has always been left with people. (That sounds bad.)

doesnt sound bad at all! i cant see myself leaving jack with anyone =/