When we had our first son, my partner had to do a skills course for 2 weeks straight (including weekends), 8 hours a day, 30 minutes away from home, just a few days after we had come home from hospital. At this time this was quite concerning for me though I tried not to show it so he wouldn’t be distracted during the day.

Now our first son is almost 18months old and we have a second son who is just 8 weeks old and we’re back there again. This time my partner is away on a nursing clinical placement for the same amount of time, but 2+ hours drive away, and I tell you it’s just as scary if not more so than the last time. Except this time around he also won’t be coming home at night time to help with the dinner/bath time rush, which is always the most stressful part of the day, you’re so close to bed time – yet SO far!

Getting groceries tonight for while he’s away turned me into a bundle of nerves as he is the main cook in our house. How do I go from making family meals to making food for one + a toddler? It’s such a little thing but it’s setting up a major road block in my mind. I’ve decided so far that I think it’s best to make the normal meals I’m confident with, and split them into that night’s and then leftovers for the entire time he’s away. And just like that, another little problem solved :)

And that’s how I plan on working through this fortnight, one day at a time. In reality it’s only the tiniest amount of time, and yet, it seems like it could stretch forever. Tonight has been a good night though, even if it is possibly a somewhat deceiving show when it comes to what the rest of the time will be like.

Oldest young man actually ate an okay amount of dinner and little Mr Only-poops-once-a-week-to-keep-mum-and-dad-on-their-toes did his business finally, only an hour after Dad leaving (OF COURSE!) and now I’m sitting here with some chocolate and a tea. Thinking that I CAN in fact do this, for what else do we as mums do, but adapt and conquer, even if it is just one day at a time ;)

Posted by angelas2013, 2nd April 2013

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  • Your meal idea is good. If you have a freeze you could cook enough for 2 extra days, freeze one lot and have it a few nights later. Vary the flavour of the 2nd lot you cook so they’re not all the same or you are both going to bored with them.


  • Just cruise through, dont stress doing anything more then you have to do to keep everyone happy and healthy. It’s when we put pressure on ourselves that stuff ups occur. I trust you got through your 2 weeks just fine


  • One day at a time, only way to deal with a lot of things. Good luck with it all


  • I’m a firm believer in one day at a time. Sometimes it’s one moment at a time.


  • One day at a time…or hour!


  • they can be hard when one parents away


  • Yes! Take things one at a time makes it less overwhelming!


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