How much leave do you plan to take after the baby is born? Do you plan to keep extra saved leave as a buffer after you go back to work, to use for baby sick days and doctor appts, etc? And if so, how much time are you saving as a buffer? Do you have to take LWOP?
I had barely enough leave saved up to take off the amount I wanted, but I've required so many prenatal visits that I'm using up a huge chunk of leave before the babies even get here (I'm going weekly now and it will become twice a week in a few weeks). I'm going to have to take advance leave or LWOP. Just not sure how much to plan for. I'd like to take a whole 12 weeks off afterward, but not sure if that's realistic. I will probably only end up with enough leave to take 5-6 weeks without going in the hole. And I'm not sure if it's better to take LWOP and hope my tax returns can pay the mortgage, or take advance leave and forever be earning it back. It's frustrating. I'm envious of women that can afford to stay at home.