- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
It looks like the majority of women here who are planning on returning to work took 12 weeks- did anyone take less?
I am planning on taking 6-8 weeks as of right now. My company offers no paid leave, and actually isn’t even eligible for FMLA since we are such a small office. However, I could take it if I wanted to, my boss is pretty nice. I have enough vacation and sick time for 4 weeks off. Anyways, if the baby comes at the end of Sept (due the 25th, but I have a feeling I will be late) I will have enough paid time off to last through Oct.
However, my husband’s work schedule is up in the air. He’s a pipelayer, and they do not work in the middle of winter, so he is laid off every Dec-March. However, this year, due to the government shutdown, a project was delayed until 2012 and he may be laid off as early as late Oct. So, he will be home, and assuming I am physically able to work in Nov, I could go back to work and leave baby with him (which we’d always planned, just not until Dec).
So, here comes the dilemma. My husband receives unemployment, but with two car payments and a mortgage, we couldn’t live off of that for very long. I think the most I’d feel comfortable with is 2 weeks unpaid, for a total of 6 weeks. We have savings and my parents said they would give us money if we needed, but I’d rather not ask for money or burn through savings when I could be working. Also, my office is so small, and they really need me.
So then I was thinking, 6 weeks total, so be back at work early to mid Nov, depending on when the baby comes, since I will be working until I go into labor. But then I was thinking, maybe instead I’ll go back in 4 weeks for half days for the next 4 weeks instead.
What did those who were not able to take the full 12 weeks do? How hard was it?