Re: Separation anxiety?
I'd handle this situation with time and patience. Babies go through phases of separation anxiety, and it may be that your LO is in a particularly intense phase right now. When my kids have been exceptionally clingy, the best thing I've managed to do is to stay with my kids instead of trying to push them away. Any time I've grown impatient, and tried to push them towards independence when they weren't really ready for it, it just made the anxiety worse.
Can you get someone to care for baby in the house while you are there? Like if grandma comes over for a couple hours, and takes primary responsibility for baby. Baby can still see you, and feel reassured by your presence, while growing used to having many needs met by a substitute caregiver.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"