My husband works second shift, in fact he's worked second shift almost our entire marriage. I've always matched my schedule to his, but farming...well farming has made that difficult. He has to be to work by 1:30 PM, and gets off about midnight. I've had to modify my schedule, and it has been exceptionally difficult. I have to be at the farm at 7 AM, and at about 5:30 PM (right now, once milking 7 & 7). After over a month struggling with finding a way to get 8 hours of sleep altogether, I finally mastered it. Wake up by about 4:30 PM, and go to bed at about 8:30 AM. It's almost inevitable, that when my husband goest to sleep at about 3 or 4 AM, I am also ready to go to sleep. I get so tired, the kind of tired where you fall asleep in the middle of watching TV or reading. So, I take a "little" nap, wake up and do chores at 7 AM, get home by 8 AM wide awake and unable to fall asleep. Finally get to sleep around noon, only to wake up by 4:30 PM. Then by the time I get done with chores, get home, eat something, I get super tired. Like, all I can do is exist, tired...or at least that's how it feels. I try to get a little housework done quickly, and then take a "little" nap. Then this nasty cycle repeats itself, giving me just a few hours of sleep at a time. I had finally gotten into the habit of 8 hours at a time, when I thought Lucy could be having babies. It threw my entire schedule out of whack. Add to that the weekends where I need to be awake during the daylight to get things done, and I've been exhausted all week. Add to all this that I have sleep issues. For almost as long as I remember, but insomnia started when I was about 15 and makes annoying appearances in my life at the most inopportune times. Often, when I can sleep, or want to sleep insomnia rears it's ugly head. I'm writing this post at almost 5 AM, trying to keep busy until 6:45 AM when I can get ready to do chores. I'm hoping to get myself reset and back on track. If there is one important, but difficult thing I've learned, it's that I have to have a schedule and stick to it. Extremely difficult, but I suppose it's all worth it in the end. I apologize for the lack of writing, but I have felt so tired blogging and social media have taken a back seat!
My name is Monica, I'm passionate about farming, food, and the humane treatment of livestock.