It seems like just as I get ahead of things that I fall behind because life is insane. By the title of my blog and following you know I
am was a SAHM. In October I was offered a temporary, part time position on Thursday nights from 4-8pm and Saturday mornings from 9-2pm. It was perfect because we wouldn’t require a sitter at all because hubby worked Monday-Friday 6-2:30pm and one Sunday night a month and the extra money would really help. At the beginning of the year I began working Thursday-Friday for a total of seventeen hours and mother in-law watched the kids for a total of three to fours hours on the two weekdays. It still worked out nicely because she works every other weekend and only Monday and Tuesday or Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Just as we began to get a routine going everything changed.
In January hubby’s department was taken over by another company and they wanted him to work until 4:30pm every day. This began our problems because now on Thursday and Friday we would need mother in-law to watch the kids for an additional two hours each day, and she wasn’t too thrilled to watch them for the initial hour or so each day. Luckily he was able to compromise with them for 3:30pm, which still wasn’t ideal for us, but it worked. Then just under two months ago they told him he would now need to work every Saturday, which posed a big problem. In four years of working for the previous company he never worked a Saturday and it was my reasoning for taking the position I took. He told them he could not work weekends due to my job and lack of child care (remember his mother works alternating weekends) so they had him write a formal letter stating he could not work weekends. We thought all was well and two weeks later they tell him to accommodate him they would be cutting him a day each week. This resulted in him no longer being full time, losing all his accrued PTO and no longer qualifying for it. This is a huge problem when you have a family, especially since he was already losing a days pay. It would mean that we couldn’t afford for any of us to get sick that required him to remain home and taking any time off for family trips or events was out of the question.
We decided to weigh our options. For nearly two weeks we went back and forth on our options. I couldn’t pick up the day he was losing at work because it would be different every week, his remaining at his job still would not allow for me to go full time any where during the day without hefty child care costs and for him to suck it up and deal with the schedule change would mean I would have to quit my job. I decided to talk with my boss and see if she could offer me a full time position (or close to it) and she told me yes. The decision was made, he would become a SAHD and I would go back to work full time. It is not our ideal situation, but for now it is best for our family. Working the same amount of hours after his schedule cut (roughly thirty two) I would make just under double his pay. I haven’t started full time yet, but since his last day on June 20th we’ve taken all the time to do a deep clean on the house and spend time together as a family. We’re hoping that eventually he will find a night position so I can remain at my job for a little while until we either move out of the city to rent or buy a house.