Thursday, October 14, 2010

Separation Anxiety

"Separation Anxiety is defined as a developmental stage during which the child experiences anxiety when separated from the primary caregiver (usually the mother)" - Google Health

"Babies can show signs of separation anxiety as early as 6 or 7 months, but the crisis age for most babies is between 12 to 18 months. Most commonly, separation anxiety strikes when you or your spouse leaves your child to go to work or run an errand. Babies can also experience separation anxiety at night, safely tucked in their cribs with Mom and Dad in the next room." - Baby Center

I know, I know, Renzo's a bit too young to have separation anxiety.  He's just turning 3-months next week.  But the thing is I'm not talking about my baby.  I'm talking about me.  I'll be returning to work in a couple of weeks and I'm feeling very anxious.  I have never been apart from my little boy for more than an hour or two.  It may just be a quick trip to the grocery on a week day or church on Sundays.  I usually leave him with a dependable cousin who stays with us or with his dad.  No matter how hard I try to convince myself that it will be alright, I couldn't help but think how will I go on a day at work without being with him?

Separation anxiety.  That's what I think this is.  And goodness, I know it's way too early since we're still together! I guess the best way to put it is I'm having anxiety about separation anxiety.  

I've been reading a lot on this and it always says that the first day back at work will be the most difficult.  Then it will be easier as you go on... I hope this holds true with myself.  However, I'm very much certain I'll be shedding more tears as time draws closer to my back-to-work day ("Sob").

1 comment:

LaVonne said...

I have my own separation anxiety post scheduled tomorrow morning at 8am. How funny. Same title and everything :)

Blessings to you and your little one!