Our expert says:
Well, operations are stressful, unquestionably ( having had two this year myself, I can fully confirm that ! And then you had no real chance to relax and recover, but had to plunge into more work at home. ( I know how that is, too !) But then you admit that you have a whole load of stress at work, too, and have the additional stresses of a single mom. So stressed to the point of irritable --- inconvenient, but hardly surprising.
SOunds like she's a bit jealous, and worried that your new relationship may mean less love for her. Many people, and most kids, can think that you have only a small and finite amount of love in you, and that if you give ANY to anyone else, that must mean that there's less for her. Have a nice long chat with her and explain that this isn't so, and when you have a nice man being loving to you, in fact it gives you even more to chare with her.
You are NOT being selfish in having a satisfying relationship with a nice guy --- thats your right.
Of course you miss YOU --- so make plans to take off a little time for YOu to spend even short spells of quality time with YOU. And maybe a spot of CBT style counselling could help you learn to relax and organize your time better for the sake of all three of you
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