2 yo= mamas clingon

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2 yo= mamas clingon

Lately Tommy has gotten really clingy, and I mean more so than he used to me. He has always been a mamas boy, but now he totally realizes when I am not with him- and the littles things like me in the other room. He gets really pathetic and says Mama all sad and concerned. Makes me feel sad and also feel like I cant get anything done without him wanting me to pick him up. Today I asked tommy if he wanted to give DH a hug, and he melted down and held onto me. Anyone else or any tips? I hear this can last for a while, and I think this is worse than it was a year ago.

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I wanted to reply since no one else had. Smile
Noel has her moments, but she isn't as bad as she has been in the past.
I would say see if he will let you sit next to him as he plays and move away from him and see if he can continue playing on his own without you there. Try to stay in the same room/area at first. You could also let him know if you are leaving the room so he knows where you are.
You could also just try reading a book or two to him and see if he would be willing to play by himself after that.

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My daughter is SO mommy-centric. It's very draining. Daddy can do a few things now, but it's "mommy do' ALL THE TIME. When he goes ahead and does it instead of me she has a mental breakdown. Sigh. I keep hoping she'll outgrow it...but it hasn't gotten much better. Sad

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well good to know i am not alone. its very draining. makes me feel like I never had a single moment to myself. I mean he can be 10 ft away and still see me, but still be upset. I feel like breaking out one of my carriers and wearing him, but he isnt a fan. also makes TOC more difficult cuz clearly I cant deal with him attached 24/7 and a newborn. At least there is still plenty of time before that happens.

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Hi Sara!

First, it's very normal for them to go through a stage like that. Second, Try a play date with one more kid around his age. Third, I'd break out the carrier and wear him when you need to get stuff done. Either he'll be content in the carrier or he'll want to go play, a win win either way! Smile

I hear you on the not sure if I have enough time in my day to have another kid though! I just keep telling myself it's 10 months until the baby arrives even once you get pregnant, so plenty of time for the kids to get a bit more independent.