Hi and welcome :wave: to TB!
It's great to have you with us
I agree with the above. I have sort of the same situation as you, but I have a precise schedule for school and don't have many after school activities. After I get back for the day, I spend the rest of my time with her (I don't ever have any other commitments) and she's adapted to this, so it works. However, in your situation, I would agree that another little friend would benefit her greatly to prevent her boredom while you're away
Please do ask about anything you're unsure of, and I hope to see you around the forums!
Oh, and I'm looking forward to some pictures of your little one! Keep us posted