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    Hi annas angels! We replied at the same time. Glad to hear the noise comment helped a little! I've been a real sook this swing.... Dh has been away for 11 days and I think I've spent maybe 4 nights at home!! It's almost worse that I know I can go to mums or my sisters house because I tend to not even try and be brave ... Maybe if I HAD to I'd be alot better if you know what I mean!

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    Hi Ladies
    What does everyone do to entertain their kids whilst hubbies are away. I have a 20month old and he hates staying home despite his huge amount of toys and activities by 8am he is at the front door opening that. I don't have any family so cant go over there and visit i do visit friends abit but trying to think of things i can do without having to organise others. Im now used to DH been away for awhile at a time as its a minimum of 4-6weeks each time. It was hard at the start as DH can't get phone and internet to pickup so there isn't any communication unless there is an emergency in which i can phone the office and they use the radio to pass on a message. His first hitch had the phone but ever since he has never struck lucky to go anywhere where they pickup. His job goes all throughout australia so we never know where he is going til the last minute.
    Hope everyone has a good weekend

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    Thanks for the welcomes

    Hi bbkb, I've been wondering the same thing, what I'm going to do to entertain the kids and break up our time a bit. I think it will be the weekends I will find the hardest, because there's not activities etc on. And with 3 aged 5 and under I can't even do things like swimming because how can I be watching the other kids while I'm in the water etc..... I can see us making lots of trips to the DVD store and the park!

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    Default Hi

    Just checking in to this thread again. Glad to see a bit of action in here!

    The way I survive is to have a set routine each week of what i do with the kids for example, Thursday swimming, Fri kinda gym/ library whatever. It means I don't have to think about it, its just what we do and then my partner takes over when he is home and I get some time out and he gets quality time with the toddler. The weekends are definitely the hardest.

    My partner works away weeks at a time and can be home for weeks at a time. He's been home for a month and a half now.

    Hope you are all well and

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    i cant wait for my DS to be at the age where he will actually sit and watch a dvd to just relax for abit but he can only manage it for about 5mins before he runs off and does something. We do things like parks in the summer but with it been cold and rainy havent really had a chance. I work through the week so only got to really think of things for the weekends. Swimming is out for us aswell no water near his ears. We ended up at a playcentre yesterday. They are good fun for them but does everyone else have the problem with younger kids mine constantly want to go on the big stuff instead of staying on the under 3 then screams when i go get him and bring him back. He just loves bigger kids so wants to stay with them instead of the ones his age. No idea why.

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    welcome ladies

    wannabamumma my hubby actually works on a ship buts its based out of Karratha WA, hence the FIFO. He works a minimum of 6weeks on/off. Last trip was 14weeks

    BBKB my hubby is the same with the phone situation. As soon as they leave port the loose phone reception. I have email but usually takes a day to go through the company. They have just got internet in their cabins but it always seems to be playing up. When he can use it we skype

    DS2 got Bronchiolitis at the start of last week. Nearly hospitlised Couldnt get in contact with hubby and all my family live in another state. Was pretty scary

    Keeping the kids busy during the week is really good. I hate weekends cos there is no planned activities. My DD is a handfull then too cos she is so used to the routine of school during the week.

    Honeydew I have 3 under 5 aswell DD is at school though so during the week i just have the 2 boys. We got to Kindygym (DS2 just crawls on the floor). Most parents have a younger bub which they carry around in a sling or let them crawl on the floor. Last year I too them all and although the class was 1-4yrs they let DD join in and cos she was able to do most things without me I could help DS. Also swimming lessons are totally possible! Im sure your 5yr old will be in a class by themselves so you just need to get ones at the same time. My bub just sits in the pram when Im in the pool with DS1. If you can find a nice little swim school you will find the owners/receptionist will be willing to watch your bub for you. For me, the instructor would take DS1 so I could get out of the pool for awhile. There is another swim school/gym that has a creche too. So check out your options.

    Routine is great cos when hubby is home either of us and spend some individual time with the kids.

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    Hi all! I have a routine for when dh is away. Tues playgroup, wed library, Fri park/ shopping. I try n organise a play date every couple of weeks. We do painting, craft, cooking, gardening.

    I find that I can cope better if I get a chance for a time out. I put a cd on n plonk the kids in the playroom. Sometimes its nice to go for a drive for a drive thru coffee n the kids fall asleep. I have also started sewing n reading for my own sanity n so I have some time for myself.

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    Hi everyone,

    we have just started FIFO , DH is a drillers assistant on 4 - 2 roster .We have 2 kids 3years and 1year.

    they time away has been hard to get used to, but the amount of time home is awesome, DH was previously skipperring a fishing boat and while he wasnt away for such long period, he was never home more than a couple of days.

    The kids seem to cope will and know their dad is at "work".

    looking forward to chatting with you all.

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    Sooooo its my birthday tomorrow and I didn't think I cared but it really sux that dh isn't home! I'm staying at mums so at least I'm not alone ( not including my beautiful dd) and have some adult company!

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    Sorry to be a winger but I need to vent!! It's my son's 5th Bday party tomorrow and although my DH is here for it he will be leaving the day after and won't be here for his actual bday. I know you all have to go through this as well but it's the first time for me and it's hard. I'm going to make his bday a special one but I know how much my DH will be struggling at work that day knowing he's missing out.

    My 30th is in a few weeks too and DH is coming home on my bday but I have to do all the preparations for the party myself...including the lawn, patio, food alcohol etc etc etc... and of course all the usual day to day stuff with 2 young kids.

    The money at DH's work isn't as good as we were originally told and although I know we're too far into it now to turn back a large part of me is screaming inside that we've sacrificed so much for nothing!! The whole idea of it was that we could finally stop living week to week financially and start getting ahead in life ie. get the house paid off quicker...now it doesn't look like that's going to happen

    Anyway...sooo frustrating and just wanted to put it down on paper. My dh is already missing out on so much and is working so hard that I don't want to vent to him too much and make him think I don't appreciate everything he's doing. Thanks for listening


 

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