When I finished work for maternity leave (if 10 days counts as maternity leave) I didn’t plan to return to work within a matter of weeks with my new baby girl in tow.
I didn’t plan to give up working altogether – I’d studied for six years to get my degree and had worked hard at my job. I also loved working – it was (and still is) a key part of my identity.
I hadn’t decided how much time I would want off work, although I thought three months sounded about right. My boss joked during my pregnancy that I should just bring my new baby with me to work with me. My reply was usually something along the lines of ‘An office is no place for a baby!’ How things changed!
I started working from home when my daughter was 10 days old. She was a very content newborn. Eat, sleep, poop, as they say. I was bored and work seemed like a good way to fill my time.
When my daughter was three weeks old I started going to the office for a few hours a couple of times a week. That increased to full time for a few months before I settled (for now) on three set days.
Taking your baby to work is not common; I’m yet to meet another person who does it. Despite this, taking my daughter to work works brilliantly for us. I plan to share more about how we make this work in the hope that I might inspire you to consider giving it a go.