I know this is a completely individual question but i'm trying to be realistic... Owning a small business it will cost me a fortune for every week I have off as I have to directly employ someone to do the job I would otherwise do (around £1000+ per week - not that I would get paid anywhere near that!). So, although I would love to have 6-9 months at home with my baby, 8 weeks is probably all I can afford. Is this completely unrealistic (even with lots of help from Mum and Hubby)and I need to rethink the finances (or rob a bank), or is it doable? not from a childcare front, more from an emotional / health and well-being front. I'm sure 'll be doing some bits from home after a couple of weeks, but actually physically at work 10-11hours/day, 4 days a week? Any opinions (even if just to tell me i'm mad or terrible for even thinking such a thing) appreciated. When is too soon to go back to work? Thanks.