Guess what - today has not been much better.
Wife is now using nanny to drive her to the station.
At work I actually had the thought that my wife had changed her mind (absolutely no idea where it came from) and I was able to smile for a few minutes until reality set in again.
When I get home I find out from the nanny that my wife has decided to work late and stay over in London. (I suspect it has more to do with not wishing to be in the same house as me) anyway I am left to relieve the nanny and spend some quality time with the kids (at least that's a result).
However the biggest issue of the day occurred after the kds were in bed - my mother phoned. She is absolutely devastated about our split up and has only the kids best interests at heart.
Anyway she has decided that she cannot stay away she needs to be around for the kids and informs me she intends to fly down this weekend. She says she will speak to my wife tomorrow and inform her of her decision. I tried to put her off but she is determined.
I have this awful premonition that my wife is going to assume that I have put her up to this to undermine her, and stake claim on the kids (having put someone in situ to provide future child care on my behalf)and even worse refuse to let her into the house causing even more grief for everyone especially the kids.
Whatever happens I feel I am in a no win situation yet again.
I look forward in trepidation to the conversation I am invariably going to have with my wife tomorrow.