About 6 weeks ago whilst chatting to a friend online I decided to apply for a job working night shifts. This was around the same time we decided to send the children to Private School and therefore obviously needed some extra income. Life has been a little crazy since then as there has been so much to sort but I am so happy that all of this was set in motion.
I had an interview and then due to the nature of the job had to wait for my DBS certificate so I had a while to get used to the fact that I would be working again. It has been so long since I had a ‘real’ job. I have been self-employed for so long it was really nerve wracking going for an interview. As I was applying for night shifts though I don’t think I had much competition.
I opted to work nights as I want to still be at home with the children until they start school. No offence to the Mums that work 9-5 (we’re all just doing our best aren’t we to make ends meet?) I just really wanted to be at home with them for as long as I could before they go off to school. James’ wage was enough that we could cope until Eden went to school but with now needing to pay school fees a job for myself was very much needed.
I had to work two full weeks in the days on induction and that was very strange. The children hated me being away, especially Judah who I kept finding curled up at the end of our bed when I awoke. It was a huge change for him at nearly 3. I guess at an earlier age it just becomes normal as their routines aren’t as firmly set.
Au Pair life
Of course we have Martina who was prepared for having them extra, and also my Mum was on call to help the days that she wasn’t working. So Martina spent some days over at my Mums and my Mum spent a day at our home. They made it work bless them. The hardest part for me was that my induction days happened to fall around Judah’s 3rd Birthday. I hated not being with him on his birthday but James took the day off so that he could take him out to do something nice and we gave Martina the day off which she definitely deserved.
I assured my little man that I won’t be working in the day again, James told him that I would be working nights though so he was all confused with my leaving for work at 9:45. Obviously he was in bed and blissfully unaware but because Daddy had told him before he went to bed he was all anxious about it.
Au pair less
When I started this post, we had Martina, but it has been sat in my drafts for a while. Judah is just starting to ease up as my shadow. I am finding it challenging shall we say without help in the days, but on the whole we are doing really well. I have been going to visit my Mum or my sister who have been really helpful letting me steal a nap here and there.
Of course I am exhausted and my body is adjusting but I’m so happy that I am able to earn some money for our family and still be able to be with my beautiful babies in the day.
I’m really enjoying working and knowing I’m doing something worth while. I’ve met some lovely people already and don’t feel as isolated anymore as a Mum of four that was usually only ever with the children. Going back to work before the children are at school isn’t for everyone, and I’m not sure I would’ve done it had it not been night shifts, but just to encourage any of you out there thinking about it. The worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work out for you and you hand in your notice. I’m very pleased I made this choice and look forward to what it can make possible for our family.
So what are you waiting for? What’s the worst that can happen? They’re so worth it!