Today I realized that I can probably no longer leave home to work. Physically – at 34 weeks pregnant – my body can’t handle getting ready to go out and then sitting and typing for 2 hours. Even with my doctors approval to go out and work for a couple of hours (I’m on moderate bed rest), I have to know when to stop.
It’s crazy how I simply can’t handle it, the pain is almost unbearable in my hips and back by the time I’m done. Props to all the moms who do this every day until the baby is born. Seriously. I can barely handle getting dressed without having to lay down to breathe after.
This presents a bit of a problem with our sitter here 3-4 mornings a week. I love to have that time to work, the quiet, the chance to have a full amount of uninterrupted time to get things done. I simply can’t do that right now, and this pregnancy takes priority over it.
However, I still have work to do. It’s nearly impossible to get it all done with Bella up, or even during nap. I am continually interrupted and end up feeling awful that I’m online so much those days. So today, my sitter and I agreed that I’ll stay at home and set up a work space in my room. On my bed. All professional like. One of the great things about working from home on the computer is no one can see me.
But I don’t want Bella to behave different because I’m home, or our sitter to feel like I’m listening in from the other room. I also don’t want to hear them and wonder if I need to go out or check on anything. I trust her completely.
So here’s how I plan to work from home. Literally.
- Sound machine. I’ll crank this thing up and be able to work with no major interruptions.
- Computer lap desk. We have one with a thick pad under, so I can be on the bed and the computer is on a flat surface.
- Get ready beforehand. I don’t want to have to walk out 5 times to grab things I forgot on my desk.
I’m not totally sure what to do about “leaving” as Bella usually sees me off. The first few times with that could be really hard, since she’ll probably know I’m in the other room. If I can get her used to it though, in a few weeks it may be the ideal situation for me to be at home with the baby while the sitter is with her.
Does anyone else work from home with a sitter there? How do you make it work with your children knowing you’re home?