What is the best use of my husband's PTO (after baby is born)?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You prob need advice from people who have done this, but I want to follow in case anything interesting comes up! 🙂

Where I live, if you deliver in a private hospital (which I am) you stay for 4-5 days. I don’t want DH to use his time off during those days as I’d rather have him there when I’m home with the baby. He also isn’t staying overnight in the hospital, although he will be with me when I deliver.

I had never thought about him staggering his time off though, just assumed he’d take it all when we left the hopsital. So I’m curious to hear what people say! Might be worth considering what is best for his job though. I know for my DH, it’s probably easier for him to take a block of time off and be completely gone. If he took one day off here and there, I know for certain no one would respect his time off and he’d still be getting work calls and emails, and end up working from home half the time. 🙁

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m sure everyone is different. I needed DH with me as often as possible. He is an EMT and gets 4 days off in a row. If I remember correctly, he took 2 or 3 extra days and then his regular 4 day. I needed him as much as possible, especially in those first few days at home. It’s hard getting used to being a new mom! I probably wouldn’t have eaten if he hadn’t been there to feed me lol. It also depends on your baby. My baby is very high need, and won’t let you put her down for more than a minute, so having DH here really helps/helped.

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