Colden's sisters never developed separation anxiety. Well, none that I remember. I know for certain it skipped Olivia. If you know Olivia at all, you know why it skipped her. I may, vaguely, remember a time or two when Lila had an issue - but, it obviously never amounted to much because I can't even pull a clear memory of it up in my mind.
Colden, on the other hand, loves to pull at my heart strings. He's a mama's boy through and through (and that's okay). I asked hourly care to call me if he wouldn't stop crying (they didn't). Since he wasn't crying when I left and busy playing with a toy, I thought all was well. It wasn't. As soon as I walked out, he dropped the toy and began to cry. The boy would not eat or drink a thing for over five hours. At one point he cried himself to sleep for a half hour.
When I picked him up, his eyes were red-rimmed and he became hysterical when he saw me, hugging me tight as soon as I got him in my arms. Within two or three minutes he was laughing and acting like nothing happened. His daycare providers were frazzled, to say the least.
I try to attachment parent as much as possible. So, this leaves me wondering if I need to shorten his stays to one hour for the time being. I think it's probably best for him emotionally. Crying for five hours can not be healthy for a little man's heart and mind.