Hey folks, I need some opinions from folks who have already had kids about how much time I should actually expect to have once my son is born.
Basically, my current employer has a pretty good maternity leave policy for a US employer: I get two weeks paid leave before the due date and three months paid leave after the baby is born. We will be traveling to the US to have the baby so I had already talked to them about leaving 6 weeks before the due date and working remotely for 4 of those weeks.
Today, they asked me if I thought it would be possible to work 10 hours/week throughout what would have been my post-partum paid leave, and they would then extend my leave to 4 months instead of 3.
My first impression is, "Of course I could work 10 hours/week, that's nothing." (I usually work 50-60 hours/week) But I've never been the primary caretaker for a newborn before, so I thought I should consult the experts. My partner will be sharing in caregiver duties and likely not working or working only half time for the first few months. But I get the impression that a lot of the early care is mama-dependent.
Just to clarify, the 10 hours/week they want me to work would be from home - basically on Skype calls advising the person who will be covering my duties while I'm on leave. Also, my employer very much broached this as a "What do you think?" idea. They are very considerate and accommodating and I told them I'd get back with them after consulting with other moms, my DP and my family about the proposal.
So what are your thoughts on how much time I will actually have available in the first few months after the baby is born? I'm unsure...will I want to take advantage of any precious spare time to nap and take bubble baths or will a little bit of time to do things un-related to baby be welcome?