i'm happy to report that today went muuuuuuch better. he cried when i left (boy was watching me like a hawk - the instant i made a move for the door, the game was over.) but it wasn't for 2 hours straight like it was yesterday. and he was happily studying the fish in the lobby when i picked him up (as opposed to the screaming/crying that he was doing yesterday.) there may just be a light at the end of this tunnel.