I have been a WAHM since this summer ( previously I WOH 30 hours a week). I have a job teaching college online. I work from 20 -30 a week depending.
I work in the evenings, early mornings and sometimes when ds naps. I also try to grade papers on the weekends during specific scheduled hours. I love working from home but at the beggining it was hard to get used to.
We have no outside child care my domestic partner ( his other mama)watches ds who is 22 months when she gets home from work. Otherwise I work when he sleeps.
My schedule on a busy day is to wk 5-7 am while ds is still asleep
12- 2 pm when he naps 6-8 while dp is in charge putting dinner I made the night before in the oven in charge of bath and story time. I nurse him to sleep at 8:00pm. If I need to go back to work than I do it after he sleeps.
I also do house work and some cooking when everyone is asleep.
things that worked for me
Own office with a door
office hours/ sheduled tasks depending on your job
when I am working I am committed to staying in the office even if the laundry/ chores phone calls ect is nagging at me
Even though he is not alone I stop to comfort ds if he needs me or pick him up and nurse him if he wanders into the office.
working a little each day instead of cramming everything in a couple days
becoming very efficient in finishing tasks in short time
Things that are hard
when dp is a little late home from work or has to work really late
when we have company in town who expect me to be available because I am at home
I make dinner for everyone but sometimes don't get to eat it until later after ds is in bed
(I used to leave dinner up to dp she is a wonderful mama but she would not know what to cook and would end up playing with ds and then order pizza by 7:30
I miss lunch often too
If ds doesn't nap or sleep at night
My days are pretty long and I am tired after playgroups, errands and playing with ds all day then I go to work then there is the house work :LOL
but depending on how you divide up tasks hopefully this will not be an issue for you.
I love being with ds and do not feel like I am missing anything of his growing up like I did when I woh.
when I was in graduate school I would sleep very little and though I rather have 8 hours I can function on a lot less which has been great for motherhood
You'll firgure out what works best for you and your family. I do not work much when dh is awake as I perfer to have him have my whole attention as he is a very active toddler. He is able to play quietly for a while when I am in my office but for now I like that he is watched or sleeping while I work.
my other suggestion for you is to have a clear expectation from your employer of what is expected and when your home office hours are if that works for you.
lastly it took me about a month before I really got the hang of it for a while I felt so busy I thought I would lose it but now it is much easier and worth it.
Let us know how it develops. Rae
mommy to one sweet toddler nursling ds 22 months
, dp to loving KC and Auntie to amazing little man CH,18 months