Sticking to me
I love my son. More than the moon, chocolate, great wine, etc, yada yada. That said, I do enjoy having some space from him from time to time. Just a little space. Even two feet of space. Is that so much to ask? Apparently, these days, it is.
He was a bit of a clingy child and then slowly found his independence, but for the past week he's suddenly clinging to me like crazy. If he's in the living room and I stand up to go to the kitchen just a few feet away, he starts protesting. If I'm in the kitchen cooking and he's two steps away from me, he starts saying "up, up!" wanting me to pick him up and hold him. If something spills and I get up to get some paper towels, he freaks out almost immediately, even when the paper towels are just a step away. What's going on? Is this normal 21-month-old behavior? He's past the separation anxiety phase, right?
This kid gets plenty of attention from everyone, so it's not like he's lacking being held, cuddled, played with or read to. I've tried everything from having him do fingerpaints at his table so he can see me while I cook, letting him know exactly what I am doing ("I'm going to get up and wash my hands now") so he's not surprised, giving him a task at the train table so I can refill his water cup. Some of this works for a minute but then it's back to "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!!!! Up! Up!" The worst part? He doesn't do this with his papa. Nope. Just his mama. He spends way more time with me than with his dad so I thought he would have been this way more with him than with me.
I really love spending hours on end with my son but I'd like to know that eventually I will be able to go back to getting a glass of water without him protesting my temporary "absence." Any thoughts, advice, commiserating stories?