I posted this in Life with a Babe, but you all got me through pregnancy, and I trust and appreciate your thoughts on this if you would care to share them.
I have a 3 month old, and have to go back to work at the beginning of February to retain my job, but I can work part time. The more hours I work, the longer I can stay part time. (Eg. If I work one day a week, I can stay part-time for a little over two months. If I work three days a week, I can stay part-time for almost five months.) How would you structure it? My daycare provider is flexible, as is my boss.
I especially want to know:
1. Would you maximize time at home with a younger baby or would you maximize the length of time spent at a part-time schedule?
2. If I were to work 3 days a week, would you do 3 in a row? Or M/W/F? Or some other pattern?
Other relevant facts: I EBF, but pumping is going well. I'm comfortable with my care provider, but it is day care not a nanny, so it isn't always 1 on 1 time. I will be working mostly very near my care provider, so on a day she is "in care" she'll be there about 7 hours.