Originally Posted by _betsy_
blueirises, since he hates it so much and you believe it's because of lack of contact/tiredness after day care, can you just sit and hold him or nurse him before leaving daycare? Maybe tell him "let's sit here for 10 minutes and snuggle before we get on the road." Then, shorten it to 5 minutes, gradually, you know? It sounds like the poor little guy is just miserable back there, and you must be pretty miserable too. I can't imagine trying to drive like you describe.
I do hold and play with him for about 10 minutes before we leave. This gives me not only time with him but I am able to talk with his teachers too. Sometimes I am early enough that I get there to give him his bottle (I'm pregnat with #2 so my milk dried up about 5 weeks ago) so we sit and rock in the chair together. I have also asked to make sure that for at least the 15 minutes before I am scheduled to come, he is not eating at the snack table but is playing on the floor so he doesn't go from one confining seat to another.
I am counting down the days to Christmas break so I am not making the drive with him and we will be home together...then the count down will be until February break...and then April when my maternity leave begins...I just need to get through these next few weeks.
Thank you Betsy for your kindness!