WARNING this is long but I would be so very grateful for advice.
I posted this somewhere else before I realized this section was here.
I am going to be a new mom in March and DH and I are renting a farm house with a barn. He works from home doing data entry 10hourdays 4 days a week but the days rotate biweekly. It requires lots of focus but he can often hold conversations with me for a short amount of time. And browse the Internet a good amount as well.
I am a dog trainer and service dog trainer and basically the only active trainer in the local chapter of my company. It's a very small company with about 10 employees nationwide. The company pays for a good chunk of the rent here at the house because dogs come to stay with me to be trained and sometimes boarded. I also have some lessons here. Other lessons are in people's homes which are mostly within 30 minutes of me but the service dog clients can be 2-3 hours away so my whole day can be taken up with one or two lessons. We have a company car which saves the company money with all that driving. After doing research I am realizing that I am probably not going to be able to do much more than help out with emails for the first month postpartum. But after that the company REALLY needs me for income and my "boss" although he's not really a boss said the company can't really afford to pay the rent if there are no dogs here. DH said he could help out with boarding clients that first month and I believe both our moms would take some time off to come help. The next month I don't have a clue what we will be able to handle. Lately I may have 2-3 dogs training staying with me plus 1-3 lessons a day. I plan on doing most of my work on DH's days off, especially traveling lessons but let's say I had to go out to the barn to do a one hour lesson and leave LO within DH to keep an eye on while he is working. And then do some in-home training with the dogs staying with me for a couple hours a day while LO is napping. Does this seem feasible or stretching it. I could take part time pay temporarily to help out the company so that they don't take the car since that is difficult to afford without income coming in too. Also at what age would this type of arrangement become easier due to a less frequent feeding schedule and what age would it become harder with moving crawling etc? I know I'll need daycare eventually but it will be hard to afford and my schedule is so sporadic I would really want a drop-in-when-needed type care. Sorry again that this is so long but I really am desperate and at a loss. I'm meeting to have a discussion this week.
Oh and DH has a limited hearing so hoping to get my new dog up to speed on hearing alert skills to let DH know when the baby is crying but we will also be investing in a monitor.