Pag nagtagal medyo mahirap ang nanay ka nightshift ka pa (may part 1 dito kung type mong magbasa :D). Aside from missing your baby so so SO much that you end up logging out minutes before you’re really supposed to, battling the sea of people during the morning rush hour, elbowing random women with the ferociousness of a tigress (wow big words!) to be able to find yourself a seat in the train - just to see that one smile that will let you forget everything that went wrong during your work day.
There are obvious options that you have, in case sobrang intense na yung hardship.
I didn't care if I had to spend more than 10 hours at work. As long as I had somewhere to take a power nap. It didn't really matter that I'd remain unbathed and without a fresh set of clothes. As long every frame was perfection. A seamless narration of peoples lives, companies services or someones grandmother's birthday. As long as it was done and ready to be enjoyed, it didn't matter back then, when it was just me, when it was just us. Now, I think of my son as the minutes tick by and I see the sun rising as I take my ride home. Did he wake up in the middle of the night? What time did he go back to sleep? Did he wake again? Has he eaten? How much? How little? How frequent and what? All I can think of is how I can make up for not being home when he wakes #overtime #mommytales #youngmaster #sobrangantokgrabe
- Look for a new job with a day shift schedule. You'll have to worry all night long until you get the job that has the right schedule for you but at least you're starting the process of being with your baby at the right time. Worth it 'to once nakakuha ka na ng work at nakasama mo na si baby sa tamang oras.
- Make arrangements to work from home or find a job that lets you work from home. If you are given the option take advantage of it (grabe kung may option ka na ganto - WOW, you already! :D) you can always go back to the office once you're baby has a set sleeping schedule and doesn't get up at night to look for you anymore.
- Check your finances and if all is in the clear quit your job all together. This is one of the best options but it isn't always the most practical one.
- Ask for a change in schedule. Don't be a wuss about it woman, your baby's sanity (and yours, yes mostly yours) depends on it!
Fortunately I was allowed to change my schedule but only for a few months. From the nightshift of 9pm - 6am to the midshift, 3pm - 12 am. It was perfect because Cid would wake up in the middle of the night crying and I'd be right there to take him. Kaya lang binawi, so wala din, balik nanaman kami dati. Thankfully we have a better nanny and Cid is a bit older now so most days he sleeps the whole night. (An entry about finding the best yaya/nanny will be up soon!) But I'm still on the look out for better career options :P