I know it's all a matter of personal preference and how much time your employer gives you, but some comments I've been getting lately have made me doubt my decision to take 6 weeks of maternity leave. I have to use my accumulated sick leave and vacation, and I have close to 12 weeks saved up right now. People around work keep saying things like "oh pretty soon we won't be seeing your for 3 months!" and they're shocked when I say "oh no I'm taking 6 weeks" and many of them tell me I will regret not taking longer and I won't be ready to come back.
First of all, I know I won't be ready to come back to work regardless of how much time I take off. It's reality that it will be hard to leave my baby, but I'm going to have to do it. Also, I chose to take 6 weeks because I don't want to deplete all of my time in case something would happen (my H doesn't have SL so I will be the one taking off if baby is sick, etc). However, I suppose I could take a couple more weeks because my vacation and sick time continues to accrue even when I'm on leave. So sorry this is so long, but just looking for some opinions, especially from those that have experience with previous maternity leave! Thanks!