Thats the situation i'm in at the moment. only for 4 months, but 1/3 of a year away from my daughter is still bad enough. Shes almost 2 and a half and this is the first time i've been away for any length of time since she was born. I've had her mother on the phone several times in tears with the stress of having to deal with a moody todler, illness, work and the xmas period. To be honest shes done an amazing job essentially as a single mother! When i get home in feb shes definitely deserving of a well earned break for a few days.