We met in July. We would like to be able to go for walks together over a weekend and then build towards having lunch together. Like I said in my question, this would be gradual, sensitive but progressive to the point where my daughter starts to know my new girlfriend.
No. Other background. My ex and I were together three years only, not married, she left on her own wishes at the end of April, beginning of May. I'm 54, she's 34. We live close to each other at the moment but she intends to move to Yorkshire in May which will then change and significantly restrict access anyway.
She knows that I am unprepared to travel to Bradford and back for weekends, it's just too far at my age and also unfair on Ayla so I've suggested a long weekend per month, ideally collecting on Thursday and return on Tuesday so long as I can fit it in with work. This would be for the pre-school period only. Once schooling starts I have suggested a block of time in half terms and holidays, but the move effecively ruins the relationship I have with Ayla anyway and worse, means she will have even less contact with other members of my family including her elder half brother and half sister. I haven't heard back from her on my suggestion, she would be happy to continue as we are on weekends, just dropping the mid week night. But I don't think I can do that, living in Cambridgeshire and working in Warwickshire, it's just not practical.
She wishes to be closer to her elder sister who has two children, 4 and 8. I believe she feels this is a better environment for Ayla to grow up within, ie more important than the father/daughter relationship.
Didn't realise I could. Is there any prospect of success?