Tomorrow Warren's mother arrives. She will be helping out with childcare until the au pair arrives. Monday I go back to work, but for a half-day. Warren's mother is elderly and not in the best of health, so leaving her alone with an infant all day just is not possible. So, I will go in to work in the morning, and Warren will delay the start of his workday. Having me start with half-days should also ease things a bit for Margaret; she is not expected to take the separation well.
Also on Monday our au pair arrives in the country. She has four days of orientation in Stamford, so we won't see her until Thursday evening. We iterate the half-day plan through Thursday, and I take Friday off to settle her. I'm hoping to work from home the following Monday and Tuesday in case the au pair has questions, but I still need to ask my boss for approval of that part of the plan. After that it's back to normal full workdays away from my baby.
As plans go I'm pretty happy with it, given that I need to work. I do like my job, so there are some upsides to returning to work besides the paycheck. I've been maintaining email contact with Jomkwan, our au pair, and I have a good feeling about her.