Yer ditto B2 on this Tom + travelling between 2 countries with work commitments and with a brand new Baby in the house I find it surprising that you ain't fallen out altogether or been even slower with returns, so keep up the good work.
One thing you might try re your Lady (I’ve used it with some success in similarish situations), is pique her curiosity, the conversation goes something like this
You: “Hellfire I’m stuck!!”
Lady of the House: “What’s up Luv?”
You: “Oh it’s this problem I have to sort out it’s an absolute bugger ... ... Hey! tell you what, what would you do in this situation? (working on the Women”ALWAYS“ Know Best syndrome)
Give a simplified version of something that really does need sorting, When she comes up with an answer (they always do, coz they Always know best)
You; “Mmmm, do you know (well of course she does, women Always know best) ‘Gorgeous’ that just might work” Quick kiss and pat on Bum for her, you then apply her suggestion irrespective.
Now, if it works, lavish her with praise and start asking for more help to really pull her in.
If it fails, ask her what you did wrong and ask for more help, she should be so pissed off that someone at the other end (a mere male of course ) didn’t see the universe from her perspective that her dander should be well and truly up and she will give you lots of support in the game just to show that unreasonable Sod at the other end just who is really Boss.
Of course the danger in all this is that she gets really really into the game and just takes over completely!!!
All the Best