For a while there after Judah started walking, when I got home he'd run to me and snuggle and just delight in my presence. It was sooooo sweet.
Maybe a month ago, the pattern started to change. He'd run to me and then when he got to me would turn and run away again. He'd start running to and from me, not wanting to be in my arms but suddenly frantic and unwilling to play or be distracted. He'd cling to my legs if I tried to do something else, but fuss and whine if I held him.
I've figured out that the little man is excited to see me but immediately anxious that I'm leaving again. He doesn't know how to process anxiety, so it's expressed in fussing, clinging, etc. It's rough on days when I've got to roll forward with dinner and the next evening activities, because his clinging makes it next to impossible to work but I don't want to force him away from me when he needs comforting mamma time.
Is this common at this age? I just don't know.
How do I help him engage with people comfortably without panicking him?
With the people he does know well, he's pretty dang funny in trying to get their attention. I've been trying to get his "flirty face" on camera for months now. He was on skype with my sister Michelle here, and Judah recognizes her from skyping weekly (life of third culture kids, I tell you). He drops his eyes and stares at you coyly, and then giggles with delight. He started it, not us! We just laugh every time so he's kept it up.
PS - I've realized that the photos and videos I post make it look like Judah is clothes-less except a diaper about 50% of the time. Hmmm....