Post # 1
Is anyone else working night shift with a baby or will be? I know there’s not a ton of bees out there on here that work the night shift, but I’m just curious.
I’m almost 14 weeks pregnant. Right now I work the night shift (11p-730a) as a nurse. I work full time, but DH and I decided I would cut back to 24 hours a week on nights so I would be able to work and not have to pay for child care at all.
My schedule would be the following (I will work 2 nights during the week and every other weekend):
-One week would be Monday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday night
-The following week would be Wednesday and Friday night
DH works until 8 pm a lot of nights during the week, so my mom has already told me she would watch the baby 4-5 hours before I go to work so I could sleep before going in on the nights I’m on. So I will be getting some sleep before.. I’m just worried about how when I get home let’s say on Tueaday morning, I will be staying up all day Tuesday and then going to bed that night. Not sure if its a good idea to stay up for almost 24 hours two nights a week. The weekends would be a little better since I can get sleep during the day.
I’m not sure if I should just look for a day job, but that means I would be paying for day care AND making less money working full time and seeing my baby less than I would working part time nights.
Any suggestions/thoughts? I wish I could be a SAHM, but unfortunately that’s not an option right now. 🙁
Post # 3
My sister in law is a nurse also and although we get a 1 year mat leave here, she started this same schedule when she went back to work (when the baby was around 1). She managed without sleep, but I don’t know how. She sometimes sleep when baby napped but other than that, I have no clue how she managed it.
Post # 4
@MrsSawyer: Yeah, it’s hard. I worked night shift while I was in full time nursing school during the day, and I was literally up for almost 34 hours some days. Looking back, I have no idea how I got through it. Luckily I will be getting way more sleep then I did back then, but I’m still nervous about it. The only thing that really makes me want to do it is that it’s part time at least, and I will be able to be home during the day.
Post # 5
There’s always the idea of napping when baby naps. Or would that mess up your sleep schedule/pattern more? Maybe you could talk to your mom or a friend about watching the baby for a few hours while you sleep after work?
Post # 6
You are in the right career! My mom was an RN working the night shift our entire lives. It was great because she was always there for us during the day when we needed her and only missed out on us sleeping. 🙂 You will get into the swing of things! Take naps when the baby sleeps even on days you are not working. You’ll be fine!
Post # 7
Do the part time. Serioiusly you get sooo much more time with your baby and not have to pay anyone for care? Plus it’s good that your hubs spends time with the baby too. I have a friend who’s wife did this for a while then switched to working thurs night/friday/sat/sun.
Post # 8
I’m not sure that you can do a good job taking care of a baby OR caring for patients on that little sleep. It’s certainly not good for you.
Post # 9
I have to agree with @oneofthesethings . Taking care of a baby is exhausting in general. I can’t imagine working all night and then having to come home take care of a baby and wait until that evening to get a few hours of sleep. That’s a tough decision to make because in theory it sounds good, but I imagine it could take a toll on your body and well being.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies. It’s definitely a hard decision – I think I will try it out and if I’m miserable I will find a day job. My mom will be watching the baby for a few hours the nights I work so I can get some sleep before going in (I just sleep a few hours before work when I work isolated shifts during the week, anyway, so no change there). Maybe I will have a friend or family member watch the baby for a few hours after work so I can get some sleep on those two mornings a week if needed.