I am newly self-employed. DH and I run a small web development business out of our home. Right now we have a 3 year old who goes to daycare during the day, and I'm expecting a baby in late January. I used to be a teacher, which is why DD started at daycare when she was about a year old. She likes going there and it's right in the neighborhood and not too expensive, so we've kept sending her while we launch our business. However, it would be tight in our budget to find full time daycare for an infant (would be double what DD's tuition is), and I don't really want to do that anyway, at least not for the first year. Once the baby is 12 months old, he can join DD at the daycare if we choose.
My tasks with the business are doing a lot of internet research, some phone calls, lots of emails. It's almost all done from our home. I seem to be able to get a lot done in small segments of time. I would say I'm working about 25-30 hours per week.
My question for those of you who work at home and have small children.
Should I keep sending the 3 year old to daycare?
Is it wildly unrealistic to expect that I can keep working the same amount after the new baby comes with a little babysitting from my mom (a few hours, maybe twice a week)?
Should I ditch the whole thing and just stay home with the two kiddos?
How much time should I plan to take totally off after the birth? I was thinking a couple of weeks.
Tell me how you do it. I have this fantasy where the cradle is next to my desk and I can just breastfeed on demand while I'm typing emails. I was thinking this would be totally cool for about the first 4 months. Not really sure what to do once the baby gets more active except pray for nice long naps.