Well technically we aren't UNDER the stairs. We are just downstairs. "What the heck are you talking about??" Dear friends, I am referring to my children and myself. My hubby works nights (11pm- sometime in the morning). To aid in giving him a more peaceful sleeping environment, the kiddos and I hang out in the family room in the basement. Every.single.week.night. I would hate to compare it to a prison sentence, but there are really quite a few similarities. Lol. Ok, so not really, but sometimes it feels that way.
My husband works in shipping. There really aren't a lot of day shifts in his industry. I am totally cool with that. However, there are some shifts that are more desirable than others. I am not particularly fond of his current shift. The previous shift he was on was from about 5pm-2am. He made the switch nearly a year ago. It really wreaked havoc on our lives at the time. "What would we do with Crash? How would Tater and Grace get to school?" Cooler heads prevailed and we were able to resolve the conflicts. I never imagined the other problems this new shift would cause.
D is not sleeping nearly as much. He's having a very hard time falling and staying asleep during daylight hours. It is also VERY difficult to keep three kiddos confined to the basement, quietly. It's hard to get three kids to do ANYTHING quietly. Grace and Tater are usually pretty good about entertaining Crash while I run upstairs to cook dinner. Crash cannot come upstairs because he runs straight for his daddy's room and starts knocking on the door and shouting. This would actually be a lot funnier if daddy didn't wake up. Lol.
The kids are not able to have friends stay the night. Friday is the only ideal night for the kids to have buddies sleep over because we are so freaking busy on Saturdays and Sundays. I suppose we could let them stay the night, but I would feel awful about getting onto them for being too loud and having too much.
Crash is not sleeping through the night. He typically falls asleep around 8 or 9. My hubby starts getting all of his work stuff together around 9:45 and he has difficulties with doing this quietly. He usually wakes Crash up. It doesn't help that I have to get Crash up at 5 am to take him to work with me. He is accustomed to waking up at this time, so there is no sleeping in at our house.
My hubby and I talk less. When he worked the earlier shift, we would be able to chat for a little while and even talk on the phone. Not so much any more. As he is getting up to go to work, I am going to bed. We pretty much communicate through text messages. It is not the best situation, but we make it work.
Lately, the hubs has become very unhappy with his job. I pray every night that he has the strength and guidance to make it through each day. Yes, he has a family to support, but he cannot live every day feeling so miserable. So, while he is battling his demons and deciding what is best for him, I will patiently wait and support him in whatever he decides to do. I love him and I just want him to be happy.