I've got it bad....My son is 2.5 and every evening I come home and he just clings to me. I can't do anything, I can't talk to my husband, do chores around the house NOTHING or my son cries and whines. I get really frustrated and annoyed with the whining and my frustration just seems to perpetuate his behavior. Last night was really bad and I started to cry. My son came over to me and through tears and huffs he said "what are you doing mommy?" I told him I was crying too and he started to bawl and kept repeating "I sorry mommy, I sorry." My precious, sweet little man, apologizing to me :(
I remember when I had to return to work after maternity leave. I felt awful and it was like an instinct, like there was this invisible tether that would only let me get so far away from my son. When I had to leave him I was devastated and I couldn't really vocalize how I was feeling. I felt like I was going against my instinct. Every bit of my being wanted me to stay right there with my child. I often think that his behavior in the evenings is based on that very same instinct in him. I have this adult brain that I can rationalize with and I understand that I have no choice, but I know he doesn't understand. I wish there was a way to let him know that I understand that he doesn't want me to be gone everyday and I don't want to be, but this is simply the way things have to be. I love him so much and it breaks my heart to think that he is feeling the same instinctive feeling about being with me that I feel, and the same frustration of not being able to follow that instinct.
This was mostly a vent I guess, but I would love to hear from you. If you have advice or similar experience or anything that might cheer me up today.
I'm doing it for him