Post # 1
My company is super flexible about working hours and I know when the baby is born (after a 5-6 month mat leave) I want to try to work a flexible schedule.
I can either go down to part time or try to figure out something full time that is flexible. I think my plan is to first try to work full time and if it’s too much go down to 32 hours a week or something…but my question is what do you think makes the most sense from a 40 hour a week perspective while having a new baby. Would love opinions of new moms too if some of this is feasible.
note: I can come in as early as I want. ie: if I want to work a 10 hour day it could be 7am-5:30pm or 8am-6:30 or whatever….
Post # 3
What’s really poipular at my work is 5, 9 hour days, one day off and then 4 9 hour days. That way you have a day off every other week.
Post # 4
I do the same thing that @PinkMagnolia: suggested.
Post # 5
I’m going to be working 4 9 hour days and 1 half day when I go back to work. I’d rather be home a little earlier and be able to enjoy baby for a little while each evening. Not that I really have a choice, that the schedule they gabe me anyway. If they had suggested 10 hour days I would have tried to negotiate otherwise.
Post # 6
I currently work (2) 12 hr days, (1) 10 hr day, and (1) 6 hr day. I love having Fridays off and having a short day on Tuesday, but my long days are exhausting. I also have a 1 hr+ commute each way.
After baby is born, I hope to cut my hours back and work (3) 10 hr days.
Post # 7
It makes a difference if you are planning to breastfeed. It’s sooo nice to be home with baby for the morning and bedtime nursing sessions. To do that you really can’t work a 10 hour day. If I had my choice, it would be 4 8-hour days (32 hrs/wk).
Post # 8
I would definitely prefer not to work 10-hour days when BFing. I would go with 4-8 hour days & work at night so that I can get more time with my little one during waking hours and avoid super long shifts.
Post # 10
Don’t make any plans to work after you’re home and baby is sleeping – it soooo hard! I work from home and on a very flexible schedule. Sometimes I’ll log off early so I can pick Dirty Delete up early and plan to work for an hour or two after bedtime, but I’m rarely productive and usually just resentful that I made the decision and not on the couch with FH 🙂
Post # 11
@FreeRangeMom: this is what my boss does, and it seems to work very well for her.
Post # 12
@FreeRangeMom: That’s a good point. I could do (4) 8 hr days instead of (3) 10 hr days, but it would mean paying for another day of daycare, so I’m not sure…