Marie - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
My husband is a firefighter and a paramedic. He works 24 hour shifts, his schedule is as follows: 4 work days (every other day) then has 4 days off, then has 4 more work days (every other day), and then 6 days off. He works a ton of overtime on his days off, so he never is truly off for his long stretches. We have a 17 month old daughter, and I'm due with baby # 2 on July 14th, so he may come any day now! We made the tough decision to be a one income family, because we wanted to provide our children with the stability of one parent who was always home, since my husband's schedule is so hectic. We try really hard to find time for ourselves, but I worry with 2 kids it's going to be really hard. I'm looking for ideas that have worked for others- how you found time for each other, how you continued to work on your marriage, how you kept the communication open, etc. while expanding your family and dealing with the demands of his career. I am very proud of my husband, and very thankful for everything that he does for our family- but I don't want the "US" to be pushed aside or forgotten..I want to make sure that our fire keeps burning!