My DD (28 months) has all of a sudden developed pretty bad separation anxiety. It all started a few weeks ago when we traveled and she wanted me to do everything, and not even her Daddy could help take her out of her car seat. That got better when we got home, but it has still continued to a certain degree. She has also wanted her pacifier a lot more when we are home. She normally only uses it for sleeping, but she knows where we keep it in her room and wants to be upstairs a lot lately and I think it is because of wanting her pacifier. I am working on scaling it back again to using it just while sleeping.
The worst of the separation anxiety happened this week. She normally goes to daycare 2 days and MIL watches her 2 days. Well Monday at daycare she was wailing and crying when I dropped her off (this is not normal), and they called me two hours later to say she is still just standing at the door and crying for me. They tried a bunch of things to distract her (go for a walk, etc.), but it wasn't helping. This was very out of charachter for her, so they thought she might be sick. So, I did go pick her up from daycare that day. Then Tuesday she did the same thing at drop off, and still had a rough day (refused to eat anything at daycare and crying off an on), but it helped that her cousin is at daycare on Tuesdays. So, she made it through the whole day at daycare.
Does anyone have any advice? She has usually been a very easy going kid. I have this fear that we are going to keep having trouble with daycare. I feel for the teachers because it must be hard to deal with a crying toddler all day and they have to give her more one-on-one time while still trying to take care of all the other kids. CT-DC, any thoughts? I think she is going through a stage where she is really missing me, and then I was home with her for 5 straight days last week over Thanksgiving. But, I am not sure if this will just pass on its own.