Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yeeessssss!!!!!!!!!

Words escape me.

Patrick got the job.

Granted, it is from 5 at night till 3 in the morning (holy shit) but it pays what he was making before and they have other opportunities in the (hopefully near) future.

My only problem will be keeping the kids quiet for him to sleep in the day, and figuring out how to have Patrick and Evan get any face time during the week. He'll see the other 2 plenty with them both being home, but poor Evan will be getting home JUST as Daddy is leaving.... Which is not good, but there's no other option. We kinda need to eat, you know?

I am so grateful for this. I know that many other people have searched for WAY longer than he has had to, and that the number of applicants per job is a ratio that isn't even funny. We WILL figure out how to make this work. I WILL remember that he will be getting the crummy end of the scheduling deal, and I will be kind about the change in workload and responsibilities that I will get to take on. Every night I GET to read all the stories! And I GET to do all of the soccer practices/Cub Scout functions/etc. He is the one who will be missing them, and I know that that sucks more than having the responsibilities. He is the one who is informing his band tonight that he can't practice at nights anymore. And I don't see how he'll be able to practice weekends, either, if he's not able to see Evan during the week, but we'll take that as it comes...

Deep sigh of relief...

And now, onto the next page in this chapter....

22 comments:

Hannah said...

That is fantastic news, Tracey!!!! Awesome!! Sure, the hours are not ideal for your situation, but who knows what the future may hold? He may be able to get different hours after he's been there for a little while. And I'm sure the kids will adapt wonderfully to the new routines and systems you will have to set up. What about Evan & Patrick going on some Dad/Son dates at the weekend, so he doesn't miss out on too much time with him?

Rebecca said...

YAY!! Congratulations Patrick!!

The time does suck, but you can make it work. My new job was initially 11am - 7pm - w/ a 45 min drive thrown in for giggles. Not bad until you remember the middle schooler I've got who leaves for the bus at 10 to 7 every morning and must be in bed by 9 at night. Never. Saw. Him. Tough road for a single momma.

Fortunately now my hours are better and I get home an hour earlier at night. Took only 3 months to get there, so we were lucky. Point is, you'll work it out. It's hard to find a job right now and you're very lucky it's worked out as it has. Hopefully it won't be long, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do. And maybe he can take Evan to band practice with him and make it kind of a Daddy/Evan thing? Or if that's not do-able, maybe a bi-weekly date for them? It's a thought, anyway.

Kristi said...

YES!!! Tracey, I'm so very happy for you guys. I have faith that you'll eventually be able to work through the new schedule and adapt.

Kami said...

That is spectacular news!!! Yay, Yay, Yay!

You will work out the schedule part and if there are other opportunities maybe that schedule won't last for long. Yay!!

Beck said...

Oh, THANK GOD. I was praying!
I guess your guys can have breakfast together, right? A nightshift worker of my acquintance frequently gets his kid out of school and has lunch with him. These things can work.

Kristi said...

Oh, this is great news. I'm really happy for you all! And the time thing will work out, don't worry. For now, I hope you're celebrating with a glass or three of wine.

Kai said...

Oh hurrah!!!! You may have to get creative, but you'll work out the scheduling.

Congrats!!

Kat said...

WHEW! What a stinking RELIEF! I am so happy for you! Congratulations to hubby and you! YAHOO!!!

My dad worked third shift my whole life. My mom either shipped us down to the basement or sent us outside to play (depending on the weather). And I do remember a fair amount of threats if we woke dad. ;)
Good luck, and congrats!

Marie said...

Congratulations!

You handled the unemployed so well, I am sure you can handle the crummy hours too, and then they too shall pass!

I'm relieved for you!

Stephanie said...

Yay! I'm so thrilled for you guys!

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

I am so so pleased for you.

The upside? Maybe Patrick will be able to spend time with Justin during the day sometimes and give you a break.

(And please, do not tell me you never need a break, I will fall over backwards).

Becky aka StinkyLemsky said...

WOO HOO!! :) This is a good week for both of us...

Tonya said...

yay! that is awesome news. all the details will work out I promise. J was on a similar shift for a while. And getting off at 3am is better than 7am!!!

Badness Jones said...

Yay! I'm so happy for all of you. You'll find a way to make the hours work for now, and hopefully you'll get better ones soon....my husband and I worked opposite days for a year and a half, and our daughter who was two then, would say things like, "You mean we're ALL going? Like a REAL family?" on the rare days we got to spend together. Funny how they learn to twist that knife in our back, huh?

CaraBee said...

Great news! I'm so happy for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

That is so great, Tracey!! I'm so happy for you guys. I'm sure you'll figure something out for Evan. Maybe they can have a daddy/son date on Saturday mornings or something.

Lis Garrett said...

Oh I am so happy for you! Congratulations to Patrick. :-)

Christina said...

Yay!! I'm so glad he was able to find a job - must be such a relief for you both!

And while the hours sound hard, you'll still have weekends together, right? Plenty of time to spend together and make up for the time gone during the week.

anymommy said...

Congratulations to him and all of you!! What a huge relief.

We have done the night shift thing here. Honestly, it's hard, but just like you said, you adjust, the kids adjust, everyone has to rethink things a little. We definitely had days where we forgot to be kind to each other, but it worked.

Jeni said...

Yay! Such great news! No matter what the hours it sounds like this is a good thing for your family, and I am sure that with time you will figure out all the scheduling. Nice to hear some upbeat employment news in this economy.

beth - total mom haircut said...

I'm very happy for you guys. I wish you the best in adjusting to the new schedule. I'm sure you'll all make it work.

Michelle said...

congrats to Patrick getting the job! Whoo hoo! That's got to be a huge stress reliever; although I'm sure there will be an adjustment period with those new working hours. Is it a job that sometime down the line his hours could go back to regular dayshift hours and this could be only temporary? Either way, that is great news!

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