Jack has suddenly become super clingy during daycare drop-off. This morning it took me roughly 20 minutes to extract my legs from the tangle of his limbs and get out the door. I tried every trick I could think of:
Jack, will you do me a favor and close the door for mom?
Jack, I have a job for you. I need your help!
Jack, your friends need you! They want to play with you.
Jack, there’s a party today! Don’t you want to have a party? (this is true)
Jack, mama’s work is no fun. There are no kids there.
Jack, G needs a hug. Can you give her a hug so she isn’t sad?
The kid didn’t budge. Finally I picked him bodily and stuck him inside the door and quickly closed it behind me. I just about collapsed on the stairs, though. Days like this break my heart because I feel like I am abandoning my kid.
I am not sure if this is a phase or what. The reading I’ve done suggests that is the case. I’m fine with that…but I’d like to find a way to make Jack feel more secure and get myself to work on time. If it’s just a matter of waiting it out, then I hope this passes quickly.