Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Night Shifts

Tonight is the last night that Dadda monkey has to work the night shift, at least for the next 3 months. When he goes to night shifts, it's always difficult on all of us. He has a hard time sleeping during the day because the kids are up. I have a harder time because he's not available to help me as much and he inevitably throws my schedule off somewhat. More importantly, the kids have a hard time because he's not visibly around as much.

As an example, I bathed both kids tonight, fed them, and got them ready for bed. I let (my mistake) monkey girl climb in Bro Bro monkey's crib (with him) and thought it might be a nice photo op. As I'm taking pictures, monkey girl decides to jump up on the bed (one of her new favorite past times that I'm having a hard time correcting) and when she landed, the mattress gave way on one side. I've told her before, No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed! The mattress is a little unwieldy and I wouldn't know where to begin to fix it so poor Bro Bro monkey is sleeping in his swing until Dadda gets home. On the bright side, I really don't think Bro Bro minds too much.

Dadda monkey likes working nights sometimes because, on top of a little (I emphasize little) extra pay, he can get some school work done, and it's a more casual environment. He did admit today that he is looking forward to going back to daytime hours. Unfortunately, he'll get home tomorrow at 6:30 am and have to be up around one to run some errands with me. Dadda monkey does sacrifice some things for his family (namely sleep) and we love him for it. Welcome back to days, Dadda (your celebratory honey-do list is on the counter)!


  1. I have to say I'm jealous of his block shift scheduling, it seems so much easier to just have a 3 month block of nights and then back to days instead of the constant switch. Yay for more family time, hopefully he can fix the mattress!

  2. Yeah, I can't imagine having to switch from day to day.
    Apparently she just lowered the mattress on one side. We've been meaning to do it anyways, so he lowered the other side and it's fine now.


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