Where the inside of my mind leaks onto the screen.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Separation Anxiety

Well, Kirk is back from his trip, and everything is back to normal in our household except for one thing. Sometime between when Kirk left and when he got back, someone took my sweet, independent 3 year old and replaced him with a clingy, anxious version. I feel so bad for Adam, because I understand that in his mind, Daddy left and didn't come back for 3 1/2 weeks. He doesn't understand why, and -- although we tell him over and over again that we'll be back soon -- he doesn't understand that it isn't about to happen again.

Monday, we went to see Brett and Lisa in Meet Me in St. Louis. We had arranged to leave the kids home with Skye. When it was time for us leave, Adam started telling me how much he loved me, and how much he needed me, and he would alternate between begging to come with us and begging for us to stay. We finally had to just walk out the door and leave him crying there. Skye said that Adam stood by the door to the garage the whole time we were gone until Skye made him go to bed at 8:00 p.m. I felt so bad!

I hope we are able to regain his trust soon, so he can enjoy the next several months securely knowing that his parent will, in fact, return each time they leave.