My DH went away on a business trip this week. He was supposed to be gone for two nights, but because of various travel problems, will end up being away for a total of four nights.
DS is almost 22 months, and I can tell he has some anxiety about DH being gone. I've tried helping him with it by talking about DH with him, showing him a picture of DH before bed (and we both blow a kiss), explaining that DH will come home (though it's not so great that I told DS that DH would be home by now, and now DH won't be home until tomorrow night), etc. Still, DS is waking a ton at night and is unusually clingy with me - I think he's worried that because DH is gone, maybe I will leave him, too.
Does anyone have any other tips on how to help him cope? It doesn't help that I am running on empty, with the lack of sleep, all the home and child care responsibilities, and a horrifically busy week at work. I almost lost it last night when DS simply would NOT go to bed. Three times, he fell asleep, I got up to leave, he woke and began to wail. I finally had to get him up and take him downstairs with me while I did the dinner dishes and got ready for this morning, and then I went to bed with him.
Also, any ideas on what we might expect when DH does return home, and how to help DS with the transition? DH will be returning on Friday night after DS goes to bed. DH usually sleeps with us, but I'm concerned that if he comes to bed and DS wakes up (which he will), it will end up being party time. On the other hand, DS is waking more than usual anyway, in part because DH is away...