Post # 1
Hi bees! I’m expecting my DD in September, and we are very excited. I am a bit new to the baby thing and have spent very little time around newborns, so I’m also a bit nervous and overwhelmed by the whole process as well.
Anyways, I work from home doing freelance for a regular client. I’ll get 4 – 8 weeks off, so not a ton of time. My husband owns a small business and does rent a desk at a coworking office for himself, but he can work from home too and we are lucky to have a lot of flexibility. I guess my question is more how to balance a baby and work when both are at home. DH thinks that we will just work when the baby sleeps, but I would like to sleep occationally and have some time to focus on my job so I can do well and pay the bills…. I’m thinking about just hiring a student to come for a few hours a day to watch the baby while I’m at home (which might be cheaper than hiring a babysitter that watches the kids while their parents are away?).
What do you think? Do you think we could manage to work and take care of the baby for the first couple of months before the baby starts moving around? Or should we get help from the beginning? Again, sorry if this is a stupid question, the whole baby thing is new for me!
Post # 2
If you have a baby that isn’t colicky, you could *potentially* get a decent amount of work done during the day when baby is just hanging out/sleeping. I had a lot of time where I just cleaned, cooked, did house chores. Those early days were pretty easy.
I planned my whole wedding when we had a newborn, and it was easy until she was about 6 months of age and started crawling…then things got more complicated.
Also, when it comes to the sleep deprivation, and interruptions, it may be hard for you to concentrate on work.
As for hiring a student, you may feel differently once your baby gets here. I turned into a mama bear. I wouldn’t even let my mom look after my DD until she was 6 months old. I couldn’t handle the thought of a student!
Post # 3
FruitBasket: You definitely need childcare if you plan to work fulltime. If you’re lucky your newborn will sleep a lot (mine did) and I had tons of free time at first. Luckily I had a helpful partner, a good sleeper and am a SAHM so I found the early weeks and moths easy. After she started moving all bets are off. I still have a great sleeper but duirng her waking hours I can get absolutely nothing done.
Post # 5
urchin: Well, I’d be in the next room so I’d never be far. And I was thinking more a college student, so early to mid-twenties. I live where there is a high study abroad community, so it would easy to find someone responsible in need of extra cash. Certainly not a 14 year old though.
Post # 6
FruitBasket: I started working from home PT at 8 weeks. I have a super easy baby who sleeps alot during the day and its difficult to get a lot of work done still. My DH isnt working at the moment which makes it a bit easier. When he goes back to work in a few weeks, our nanny will start. There’s no way I could have gotten any work done the first month – you’re adjusting to a new way of life, tired and physically still healing.
Post # 7
I’m currently sitting with a sleeping 6 week old baby in my lap right now! 🙂 Granted, I’ve just got her for two days, and she isn’t mine, I too work from home and will probably TTC soon so this is good practice for me….lol. Right now, she sleeps A LOT during the day. I actually caught up on all my work last week in prep for knowing I’d have her two days this week. However, with as much as she sleeps I could totally be working right now (and probably will sit down and so some work).
My good friends both work in their family business, in an office, and took their kids to work with them from the time they were born. They all lasted until around 5-6 months before they transitioned to a babysitter. Once they got that old, they were awake a good portion of the day and more active so it became almost impossible for them to get any work done.
Post # 8
To add re: student sitters. Our summer nanny is a college student. I feel really good about it and trust she will be great with DD. I was a little nervous about it before we found her though. Its all about finding the right fit.
Post # 9
Honestly you will need someone to either take care of your baby or get daycare. I telecommute so I work from home. There is NO WAY, I can get anything done with my son home. For example on Good Friday we did not have daycare so my in laws were here to watch little boy. Now we live in split level house and my office is down stairs but I was still very distracted with being able to hear him upstairs with my In laws.
Post # 10
The replies to this thread are freaking me out…
I’ll need to work at least 4 hours a day, is that possible? I didn’t want to have to hire help. We’ll bring a cleaning lady twice a month, but other than that I planned to cook and work while taking care of the little one…
OP, good luck with working from home! i hope it goes smoothly for you.
Post # 11
If you work full-time and have a job that requires significant brain power, I don’t see how it would be possible. I work from home and I would absolutely have to get a nanny or use daycare if I wanted to get any work done and keep my job.
Post # 12
My cousin works from home and she has a college-aged nanny come in to watch her daughter. She said there’s no way she could get anything done otherwise.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
DS was a challenging baby. There is no way I could have gotten work done while being simultaneously responsible for meeting his needs. between Mr. LK and I, we work 3 days a week at home, with the possibility of 4 days a week at home in the future. The current plan (if we TTC) is to hire a full time nanny. Even with a parent at home, we would still need the nanny to do the childcare related activites while we are working. Work at home days would allow us to have lunch with our LO, but that’s about it.