Goodbye Second Shift Blues

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If you don’t know how much I hate Justin working second shift you can read here and  here.  Long story short, second shift sucked!

But, now Justin is on third shift! Which means he will work from 11 pm to 7 am. That means we will get to see each other every night! We have not seen each other for more than two nights a week since we got married ( and a year before that)! How crazy is that, actually we averaged seeing each other around 12 hours every week! Yes sad I know, but now it has completely changed!  We will eat dinner every night together! How amazing is that! I don’t think I have ever gotten to spend every night with Justin since we started dating! It is almost like I am not married to a police officer anymore! Kind of amazing! 
He has been with the sheriff department for almost two years! We have been waiting for him to get off second shift! And it happened! I couldn’t be more excited! 

Of course there are always a downside to life. This downside is, we don’t get to go to bed together.. except for two nights a week. Justin will get ready for work at 9 pm, and I’ll be getting ready to wind down for the night. It will be really different for a while, but that’s something little that we can get used to. ( I mean I am used to going to bed by myself, but not being by myself all night long.)

If you know me at all, I am not a quite person.. at all. And Justin will be sleeping during the days, so on the weekends, I will have to be extremely quiet! So, we will see how that goes! I need to find a quiet hobby to do! I think this will be the hardest thing to adjust to.

But, I can get over the downside, because I actually get to see my husband. We get to be real husband and wife! I am so excited!

Do you and your significant other work different shifts?

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  • Congrats! So glad you get to start spending more time together.

  • Yay! So glad you get to spend more time together!

  • That's the best feeling to finally be on the same schedule. My boyfriend works thirds and I work seconds so most of the time we just see glimpses of each other. He's asleep when I leave for work and I'll come home on my lunch break to have dinner with him. Thankfully I get every other weekend off so that's usually when we spend our time together. It's funny when you get used to sleeping alone and taking up the entire bed by yourself. When their schedule changes and they're back in the bed again, you have to re-learn how to share the bed lol.

  • My husband's police schedule is divided into days (11am-9:30pm), mornings (3am-2pm), and nights (7pm-5am). It rotates every four months. Nights are the absolute worst, so I'm surprised you're so excited for it haha I hated going to bed by myself every night and it very much sucked to try sleeping when I knew he was at work wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a gun. Worry definitely set in a lot. You never know what people out at that time of day. Plus I rarely saw him. When I was working full time, I'd get home from work at 6:30pm and then 15 minutes later, he was leaving for work. He'd then come home around 5-6am, but then I'd be getting up at that time and leaving for work by 7am. We had four days every month together. FOUR haha It's definitely a rough few months when he's on night shift. I much preferred his day shift mainly because it gave me time after work to get settled in get things done before he arrived home a few hours later. It's a balancing act!

  • Yeah! Glad he got a better shift, though yes won't be so fun being quiet during the day. I guess blogging isn't usually too loud 😉

  • Oh girl I feel your pain. My husband and I have worked opposite shifts for over 5 years now, so to avoid having to put our kids in daycare. Its a marital strain that I truly don't believe people understand until they experience it. Im so glad you're getting some relief!

  • That's great news! Couples who have the same working schedule don't realize how lucky they are!

  • Man, I can relate, though for me we weren't even in the same city. The time difference wasn't too bad, but being apart AND working opposite schedule sucked because we couldn't even Skype very often! Glad to hear you'll be able to spend more time together. So happy for you!

  • That's awesome! I'm so happy for you and I hope it goes the way you want it to! I think women like you are amazing; due to church commitments my husband is usually gone 1-2 nights a week while I'm putting the kids to bed and I grumble about it quite a bit, then I hear stories about couples like you two and things are put into perspective and I get a little humbled. 🙂

  • Yay for more time spent together! While I don't work outside of the home, my husband has 1-2 weekends a month where he works. That is often 12 days of working in a row and he never gets off at the same time every day. And just think, your quiet hobby can be blogging!

  • Katey

    Hi girl. Thank you for the follow on instagram (goodiestalk)! Looking through your instagram and subscribing to your blog, I am so happy I stumbled on this post. My boyfriend and I have lived together for years but he travels for work…and it is hard. I would love to link your blog for an upcoming post I’m going to be writing next week on Women Holding Down The Fort. How much we’re really the bread and butter of the household.
    You have a beautiful blog!! I can’t wait to read more!
    Katey@ Goodies