I want to ensure that I get all my work done quickly and efficiently, so that my boss continues to allow me to bring J knowing that my productivity is just the same whether or not he is with me. I also want to ensure that J is getting the right amount of attention and stimulation he would otherwise. Clearly, I do not want to stunt his development so that I can get work done.
When J naps, I am able to complete many tasks as he gets his (much needed) rest. However, he takes a brief 45 minute nap at school and sometimes close to 3 hours later in the afternoon. I would like him to reverse those, but so far I have not had the most success.
The rest of the time, J rolls around on the floor scooting towards his toys or, inevitably, the blinking light on my wireless router. I try to self-talk about my work as I am doing it and he listens intently. Thankfully, there are a few staff members popping in throughout the day and he has often traveled to a classroom for community time (i.e. when the children sit together in a group for stories, songs, etc.).
Right now, this is a wonderful situation. Childcare for infants his age is upwards of 2k a month. I am just not willing to pay that. Likewise, breastfeeding is a cinch as I can scoop him into my arms and still use the computer at the same time.
As he gets older, I'm not sure that this will be the best environment. It will be important that he has peers for social interaction. He will need an opportunity to move more freely and learn to be (a tad) more independent from me. I'm just not sure we want to spend our money this way, as this time. Ideally, we could have a nanny-share with a family whose child is close in age to J. How about my blogger buddies pair up with me? ;)
As it is in all situations related to parenting - you figure out what works in the now and you adapt as time goes on. Nothing is static nor should it be. And for this, I am thankful.
What do you do for childcare? Does anyone else have the opportunity to bring their child to work? Would you do this if you were able?