Strangely, this is harder. Telling the kids that Daddy will be home in a few days when they don't yet grasp what "a few days" means. Explaining that we can't call him because he's a mile deep in a canyon. B woke up every morning looking for him. She thought naptime counted as a new day.
I love the fact that my kids have the kind of relationship with their Daddy that 4 nights away is painful. I also love the moments of reunion.
ps. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking of a couple of friends whose partners are frequently gone for long stretches of time....weeks, months. Work travel. Military deployments. How do you do it?? I'm humbled.