I've been lucky enough to find a full-time work at home position. There will be occasional days of traveling, but primarily, I'll be home. After being unemployed for a while, I'm so happy to have found a job in my field, let alone one that will allow me to be home with DS. I'll be starting in January, when he is ten weeks old.
The problem is that I have no idea what to do about childcare. I have a friend coming over two days a week with her own LO to help care for him, but that still leaves the other three days. I've started interviewing nannies, but the further I get into the process, the more I wonder if it's really worth hiring someone... He's still so little, and while, yes, caring for an infant is incredibly time-consuming, I feel kind of weird paying someone to be in the house all day when I'm there. It would be different if he were older, but really? He still naps on and off all day. Plus, I'm breastfeeding, and had already planned on continuing that while working. Granted, when he is awake and not nursing, it would be nice to have someone there to read to him, take him for walks, etc., but right now sleeping and nursing take up the largest chunk of his day. I'm not looking to pay anyone to do housework or cooking, so is it ridiculous to pay someone to basically hang out in the house all day? They would have nothing to do while he nurses or sleeps.
Or am I fooling myself that I'll be able to get anything done if it were just me and him? My job is administrative in nature, so there will be quite a few phone calls/conference calls, but also just a lot of paperwork and emailing, which I could conceivably do while wearing him. (maybe?) I will need to make calls without worrying about a crying infant in the background, but a lot of them will be to co-workers. I've done some consulting work for this company before, and know everyone in the office - they all know that I have a baby at home, and I honestly don't think they would care if he were occasionally in the background. But (always a but), I'll also have to be on the phone with people outside of the company, and need to be professional.
So, what do you all think? Is it worth hiring a nanny for those three days? Or should I wait until he's older and would need someone there to interact him more full-time? Has anyone here successfully worked from home without help? Thanks in advance for any/all advice or experiences!