So after two years we are officially transitioning to a new work/day care schedule. WOOHOO!!!
You guys, I am absolutely thrilled about this.
Now believe me, I know people have it so much harder than us when it comes to schedules. Single parents, parents with one spouse overseas, working third shift or working late at night. Ours wasn’t the worst schedule out there, but it also wasn’t the best and starting to become draining on both Terry and I.
On the one hand we were really lucky that his job allowed him to work part time and in the evenings….especially since he works retail. It gave Terry the opportunity to be at home with Henry for TWO whole years. This alone was awesome. But with that came the fact that Terry was only working part-time and to work part-time he had to work either 3-4 days a week in the evenings and every weekend. And the past 3-4 months he has been working stretches of 20+ days without a day off, all while watching Henry during the day.
Our weeks consisted of me rushing home and having a brief conversation with Terry about the day while he was in the shower. So many important conversations have taken place while I sit on the bathroom floor with henry :-) Then about 15 minutes after I got home, Terry would leave for work. Some nights till 11pm and other nights until 8:30pm and then every weekend he works both Saturday and Sunday until about 4pm. So there was a lot of “solo” parenting done by each of us.
But folks….it is done.
That schedule is over.
Terry is going back to full-time status at work and though he will still have to work every weekend, he will only have to work three DAYS during the week. No more evenings!!
Honestly when this first started, two years just seemed like an eternity away. We always knew we were going to make the transition back to full-time and with Henry in daycare around two years. But when you have a colicy baby or a one year old starting to get into everything or an 18 month old who can’t communicate and is throwing tantrums or a two year old who thinks it is OK to put things in the microwave and turn it on, having that extra person there can provide much needed help and support!
So now we are transitioning to days! I say transitioning because this may be hard at first for some in our house *cough cough* Terry and Henry. The two of them usually get up around 8/8:30 and now everyone will have to be up by 6am! Even I can no longer sleep until 7 and rush to get only myself ready and leave for work by 7:30. Nope. Now we have to get a child up and fed and out of the house by 7:15am three days of the week. A highly independent and stubborn child who doesn’t like to wake up early and doesn’t want to do things on OUR terms but rather his own. For instance, today he wanted cheese and only cheese for breakfast. Um, OK. Not going to pick a fight with you about that!
I am sure this new schedule will come with its own set of frustrations, such is life. But now…now we can do it all together. We can be there so one parent isn’t trying to do it all. To stop a child from coloring on the wall when a parent is trying to make his dinner. To sit down and have a meal together! To help wrangle a naked child at bedtime. To give each other good night hugs and kisses that are not done via text. To spend time together, though after two years spending so much time apart we may have to ease into that one!!! I kid…sort of :-) To be together.
Yep, I am ready!