Hello ladies. Have a drink on me.
My son was born in May. I am an attorney. (I had my own practice and recently merged with another lawyer, so I'm now partner of a small firm.) I will be working part-time (2 or 3 days a week) so that I can be home with my little guy.
Now I have a vent about WAH. I have had a home office for years and typically spent a couple days a week working from home, so I understand that WAH does not mean you are home to do laundry, clean house, run errands, etc. I have known all along that I won't be able to work without childcare, so I have a nanny lined up for two days a week starting in September. I have an associate handling most of my cases until then and have been doing very little work this summer - a little bit of case work, emails, phone calls, and a bunch of business management stuff. For the last year I have been hearing how much newborns sleep and how easy it is to get stuff done when they are this young. One of the women who told me this is a law school friend who completed her last semester, took finals, and studied for the bar while her new baby slept. Lucky for me (ha ha), my little boy does not like to sleep. He sleeps good at night, but barely naps during the day. If he does nap, I can rarely put him down without waking him. I can be home with him and spend all day trying to return one little e-mail.
I never expected to get a lot of work done while home with him, but I sure expected to get more done than I have been able to. Luckily my workload is so light right now, and I am able to work when my husband is home or one of the grandmas or aunts are over spending time with baby. But I am counting down the days until I have regular childcare - if I have two days during the week to work without interruption I will be able to get all my work done and enjoy the rest of my time. I have spent so much time lurking on these boards while feeding my baby, and it makes my head hurt how many people think they might actually be able to work at home while taking care of baby.