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  1. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7463 posts

    A lot. I SAH, but additionally I take a lot of trips with just LO and I (visiting family, going to our beach house, etc). This weekend DH is going to a wedding Sat - Sun, then LO and I leave Sun - Tues to visit my best friends and their kids. So sat - tues I'll be solo.
    I actually don't mind it, but it does make me appreciate him more when he is home! He's really helpful.

  2. nana87

    cantaloupe / 6168 posts

    I theoretically solo quite a lot-- lo only goes to daycare part time so I'm with her 3-5pm mon-thurs and all day Friday's...but dh works from home so he's on hand if everything is a disaster, lol. He goes on maybe 3-5 trips per year as well which are actually solo

  3. ineebee

    pear / 1578 posts

    All the time. I'm a SAHM and DH is basically here for breakfast and comes back either right in time for bedtime (50% of the time) or way after. Coming back for bedtime is a recent development, but thank goodness it's happening. We only have one LO (15m). I can't imagine what this might be like with two.

  4. youboots

    honeydew / 7622 posts

    DH is gone 80-100 nights a year. I SAH. He works long hours sometimes but then has random light days. It works for us, but the physical care is hard on me sometimes.

  5. Finfan

    persimmon / 1436 posts

    Almost never. DH is a SAHD but he gets lots of time to do his own stuff as his parents live in our town. I am usually home at 5:30 and always home for bedtime.

  6. sotofamilia

    kiwi / 612 posts

    Most of the time. I SAH, but I don't consider that solo parenting, that's just my job. I consider it solo when he's not home for dinner/bedtime routines, which happens about half of the time. He's super helpful and engaged when he's home and I wanted to be a SAHM badly when I was working, so this schedule works for us.

  7. MrsKoala

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts

    Not often at all. I'm actually away more than my spouse is.

  8. Rainbow Sprinkles

    eggplant / 11287 posts

    I "solo parent" while my husband is at work, so about 55 hours a week. Part of that is while we are sleeping because he leaves early, but I do the 36392720 wake ups with our infant every night. I just consider it my work, though, that I do while he's at work. He is solo with them about 15+ hours a week while I do my PT job.

  9. PurplePeony

    pomegranate / 3113 posts

    Usually 2-3 evenings per week and 1-2 full weekend days per month. DH also travels for a week to 10 days at a time 3-4 times per year.

    I travel for work now and then, but usually only 2-3 days at a time and never over weekends. So DH almost never has to solo parent for more than a couple hours at a time.

  10. erinpye

    pomegranate / 3706 posts

    I'm a SAHM, so I do the regular 40+ hours a week my DH works (he's the CMO, so his schedule is often longer just depending, but he gets to work from home). And then he also travels about once or twice a month and I'm alone with the kids for the few days each time that he's gone. The hard part is our parents are all young and still work full-time during the week, so when he's away for work, I'm really on my own.

  11. catomd00

    grapefruit / 4418 posts

    DH is in sales so used to travel quite a bit. He just took a new job that won't require any travel out of state and nothing overnight. I'm so excited!!

  12. krispi

    clementine / 904 posts

    I solo parent several days every week, but the days vary, due to my husband's work schedule. His schedule includes working 12 hour days every other weekend, so 2 weekends a month I solo parent all day. I also solo parent 2-3 nights during the week from daycare pick up until bedtime.

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