(Closed) Would you take full 12 weeks if no leave the rest of the year?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Would you be able to take 12 weeks unpaid leave through FMLA? I would try to have as much time home after the birth as possible, but it’s also pretty inevitable that you’ll have to take time off during their first year of life. There’s so many doctors appointments (usually M-F 8-5 when many people need to be at work) and days when they’ll be sick, especially if they’re in daycare.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

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Meant2Bee :  I would do a combo of paid/unpaid if possible. I’d probably take 6/6 if I was able, and then save my other paid time off for being sick, vacations, etc.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would double check if you can take unpaid (FMLA) before you use all your PTO– where I work, you can take unpaid, BUT you have to exhaust all your PTO first.  And to answer your questiion i would take 10 or 11 weeks, depending on how close to the end of the year and “new vacation year” you are, when your little one is sick you are going to need that time.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

This would really depend on when in the year the baby was born. And would your employer be pissy about letting you take time off if your baby was sick and you had no PTO left?

I personally would take 10 weeks paid and 2 weeks unpaid, if possible. Some places do require you to use all your PTO first though. If your baby is going to child care of some sort it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’re going to get sick at some point.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

one more thing to check– I know every office is different, and my job has the similiar 3 hour rule for appointments, but that is for appointments for YOU-same with sick time (we don’t have “sick time” I am salary) but my sick time is for if I am sick, if my child is sick, I need to use PTO– I know some people are vague about who is sick, but our “official policy” is employee sick, not dependents…. just things to consider.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I can take 12 weeks off, but only 8 weeks of those are paid. I can use vacation/sick time for the unpaid days as they are counted separately. I do get 4 weeks of vacation, along with 6 days for sick time… so 26 days total.

I decided to do the 8 weeks paid and see what happens from there. I am due in December, and he is set to start at a daycare Feb 6. If he comes on his due date (highly unlikely), 8 weeks from that date is Feb 6, so I would take that week off as vacation…. and have a total of 9 weeks paid off. if he comes early, then I would have to take some of my vacation time to get me through at least that first week of his daycare. If he’s late, then I should be good no matter what.

Does it suck that I won’t be at home with my child for as long as possible? Yes. But, that is when the day care we selected allowed him to start, and I knew I couldn’t wait for March to start him, as I’d be using ALL of my vacation time then and you just don’t know what you might need that time for.

My manager is flexible with appointments since our work to be done is bascially on our own, and I can always bring my laptop home after an appt to do work, etc. So, I am lucky there. Either way, any time off after that first week of daycare seems silly for me to take since I’d be sitting at home doing nothing since he’d be in care. I may as well be back at work and use that vacation/sick time for other days needed.

I’d go with the 10 weeks.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Definitely take the full 12 weeks, but do a combo of paid/unpaid if you can. Time off with baby flies by soooo fast. You will be happy to have the extra time. My job offers 20 weeks and I only have 2 weeks left before I have to go back to work and I am dreading it. I love being at home with my little one.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

Here in Canada we get a full year…I can’t IMAGINE how hard it would be to make this choice! If I DID though, I would take the full 12 weeks. Most employers would be understanding if you had to tap into your own sick/vacation/even unpaid days off to care for your baby!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Honestly it all depends on when you get pregnant and when you are due.  If you are due in January/February, then I’d take 6paid/6unpaid (assuming you can afford it) and save your days.  If you deliever in September/October, then I’d take 10 weeks paid/ 2 weeks unpaid and then use the rest ofyour PTO before and after.

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