For the past 8 years, Ben and I have been on different schedules. My schedule is your normal Monday through Friday 8 – 5. Ben’s schedule has always been second shift (4pm-2am) and his days off changed every 3 months. After having Ava he decided he wanted to go to day shift (7am-5pm) so he could be home more with her. He applied for day shift in January but due to seniority he did not get it. Until now…
On Monday, he received a phone call from his lieutenant asked him if he wanted day shift starting next week. Ben said yes. So starting next week Ben will be working day shift!
I should be super excited right?!?!?! Well I was indifferent about it at first. Ben and I have never spent 7 days with each other on a routine basis since ever in our relationship. We went to different colleges. He moved home, I moved to Baltimore. He moved to Kentucky and 8 months later I moved to Kentucky. From that point on we have lived together but again have always been on different schedules. I am use to have 4 nights of the week to myself to do whatever I want. Granted sometimes I truly missed him those 4 nights but overall I enjoy my Kelly time.
The idea of Ben being home nightly has grown on me. I will have a little free time to grocery shop by myself or maybe even if I dare a movie with some girlfriends! I know those two will still be hard to accomplish but I will have more opportunity! It will also be great to have Ben home during the spring and tornado season. Last night, we were under a tornado warning and here I am trying to wrangle 4 dogs and keep Ava asleep at 11:15 at night. I managed but it will be so much easy to split the duties.
Overall, I am nervous and very excited to have Ben home every night. Hopefully, we as a family adjust to it well!