It's not easy being a shift-worker. It's not easy being a shift-workers wife either. I think it's even more difficult being a shift-workers wife with 2 kids and your own job!
Let me give you a little brief on my life as a shift-workers wife with kids and her own job:
Hubs works shift work. His place of employment is open 24/7 and never shuts down - not even on Christmas Day!
The shifts are:
His work is usually pretty good in the sense that they will typically put him on the same shift for a week straight. Well - that's not true - it's usually 6 days straight. Sometimes he will get dropped off and have a random day off and then pick up another set of shifts.
The kicker is this - he doesn't find out what he's working the next day until the current day at 2:30 when he calls his roster!
So that makes life a tad difficult because I can never 100% say that he will be around. Of course he can "scratch" shifts and make himself un-available, but you're only permitted to do that so many times per month. So you try and "save" those for special occasions or things you really need them for.
- When hubs is on days he leaves early so he's not around in the morning to assist me with the chaos that is getting the kids dressed, lunches packed, brekky etc.
- When Hubs works afternoons he is not around in the evening to assist with the chaos that is getting the kids from after-school care, daycare, dinner prepared, fed, bathed, readers read, and into bed.
- When hubs works nights he's typically home and asleep before the kids and I get up, so again i'm on my own in the mornings. The worst part about nights is if I am home for the day with the kids like on the weekends etc and trying to keep them quiet enough that he can get a decent sleep.
I really do feel for him having to switch his body clock around all the time. I can't imagine being up all night working and sleeping during the day. That would be so difficult. But it's just as difficult being the wife with a job herself and 2 kids with the husband that works shift-work.
I have all the respect in the world for how hard he works to bring home the bacon, but it's hard for me too.
I am SO lucky to have the amazing and wonderful job I have where I get to work 3 days per week 9-4:30 AND it's within walking distance to home. They are SO good to me and SO flexible if I have to be away due to one of the girls being sick etc. I think having the best job in the world is my saving grace.
Theres my tale of woe from the shift-workers wife.
If you have a shift-worker hubby, and have any managing tips please let me know!