How can I make my office baby-friendly?

I'm a new mother to a beautiful four-month-old girl. I'm also a contract lecturer and have to take work when I can get it. One of the things I love about my job is that I can work from home and take her to university with me, but I'm not sure how to set up my office to suit us both.

Making room for motherhood in academia

If you're a woman in academia and at all maternally inclined, then you're probably familiar with the book Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life. You have either come across it — it's been recommended to you, you've read about it, or you've been given it as a gift. Like those little green Bibles that seem to flood campus about once a year, finding their way into every dorm, surfacing in corners of classrooms and generally sneaking their way into the hands of welcoming and reluctant recipients alike; Mama PhD has a similar way of circulating among the female and the scholarly.

Becoming a parent made me better at my job

As I was approaching my last year of grad school for my Master's in English, I had been dating an awesome, goateed, tattooed locksmith for a few months. That Christmas, as I was choosing my thesis advisor and getting ready to embark on the challenge of writing a full short story collection, my body started to feel a little weird. What I thought was nerves over the impending thesis, we came to find, was actually our little droidlet beginning to grow. Surprise! The following August, my son was born.