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.
1. I would maximize length of time spent part-time.
2. With an EBF baby, I would either go MWF or do shorter days, 4 or 5 days a week. If EBF is less of a concern (i.e., you are great at pumping or you don't mind using some formula) I would clump the three days together.
Welcome back, by the way!
I agree with ~pi, maximize the part time- stretch it out as long as you can. B/c a 6-month old is also still pretty darn little.
3-in-a-row might be most productive for you at work- you'll get the most done. and the baby can have some consistent routine for those 3 days...
or maybe work 3 days for now, then when she's a bit older go to 3.5, or 4 or something- to extend your part-time a bit more.
dissertating mom to three
I personally would work 4 5hr days if that was possible then the baby has a consistant routine and you don't have to go that long without nursing and away from them.
nicole , mom to 3 boys here on earth 9, 7 and 4.5 and 2 girl's 2.5 and 10/16/11. Always remembering my babies in heaven: Sam (9/7/05) at 12.5 wks , Morgan (2/13/06) at 6 wks , Emeric (8/9/10 at 17 wks) and Pepper (11/26/10) at 8wks.
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