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I live in CA with "use it or lose it" 4 weeks pre-due date disability available. I was going to work closer to my due date but the HR lady said there's no advantage to that and I can't add it at the end of my parental leave. So I'm working until 37 weeks. Would leave at the 4 week mark but I made prior commitments.
I'll probably go a little stir crazy, but it will be nice to have time to focus on all of the baby stuff I haven't dealt with yet. Definitely nice to not commute 1 hour each way and deal with those puffy feet!
I would leave as soon as you can. I always find theres stuff to do around the house to keep me busy. Its nice to have time to do stuff like mini projects I have been putting off or deep cleaning, or organizing, precooking and baking a bunch of stuff for the freezer, or anything baby related not yet done. Since taking off now doesnt impact your nice long mat leave why not? Plus just being able to sleep in or nap when you want to since (at least for me) getting a decent nights sleep is getting more and more impossible and sleep may be hard to come by with a newborn. I like having a slower pace right now (life wont ever be quite like this again when I have so much free time to see friends or do whatever I want when I want). But I'm from Canada too so unlike the majority on this board I am used to people not having to work right up to their due date.
Overall I'd just do whatever you want and what feels right to you and ignore us on the bump.
snortyjen:I live in CA with "use it or lose it" 4 weeks predue date disability available. I was going to work closer to my due date but the HR lady said there's no advantage to that and I can't add it at the end of my parental leave. So I'm working until 37 weeks. Would leave at the 4 week mark but I made prior commitments.I'll probably go a little stir crazy, but it will be nice to have time to focus on all of the baby stuff I haven't dealt with yet. Definitely nice to not commute 1 hour each way and deal with those puffy feet!nbsp;
BFP 5/21/10, Missed m/c 7/5/10 at 11w3d (baby measured 7wks), D&C 7/7/10
Aug/Sept 2010 - CD3&10 b/w & u/s, genetic testing, SA, HSG, & Lap/Hyst to remove septum
12/09/10 BFP -- 7/05/11 DS born at 33w5d. Came home after 23d in NICU at 37w0d
June 2012 - TTC #2! -- 10/05/12 BFP -- 5/23/13 DS2 born at 37w1d! Yay full term!
Well when I take off work I don't get paid so I wouldn't do it. :) Plus I'd rather have that time AFTER the baby is here to recover and then to enjoy the baby.
Honestly ... what would you do right now? I would be bored out of my mind. Especially if I had potentially 5-6 weeks of nothing before the baby actually arrived.
I'll be 36 weeks in about 4 days. I would LOVE to be off work then--I have so much work to do!! Besides the fact that the nursery still needs to be built (not just painted & decorated), I have two large pieces of furniture I need to refinish, a slipcover for an armchair to sew, some smaller items to paint, and some pillows & decorations to make. And I want to cook & freeze lots of meals so I won't have to worry about that when the baby arrives. Plus, of course, flowers that want planting and other flowers that need tending and stuff around the house that needs to be cleaned up and hauled off. Gah! It would be heaven to focus on that stuff instead of dragging myself to work every day! As grumpy as I am, you'd think they'd just send me home to get away from me.
But I only get 12 weeks of FML, and I have to use my medical/annual leave at the same time as the FML. In other words, no more than 12 weeks, no matter what. So I'm working up until the day I go into labor, if possible, just because I want a full 12 weeks to spend with my little one once he arrives. Plus, we need the money.
I'm kind of fascinated by the women who really have a passion for their work, even when there are things at home that need doing. I don't hate my job; I would enjoy it if I were still single and had no life and nothing waiting for me at home. But it's so difficult to care about job-stuff when there's all this real-life wonderfulness waiting for me at home!
agerstner:I suppose I could have mentioned what I do! I'm a nurse in the busiest hospital in the city... Sooo much walking and short breaks often.
Thanks for all your comments. I think I shall leave early! I won't have this free time in a very long time. Perhaps I'll learn how to cook this month lol.
Enjoy your time! I'm in a similar situation--I had a temporary contract that ended when I was 36 weeks and I'll be taking a full year off to stay at home with the baby after she's here. I sort of worried that I would be bored, but really, not working is pretty awesome. I felt guilty at first that my husband was heading off to work every day and I didn't have to, but that wasn't really helping either of us, so I let it go and decided that what he gets out of this is the cleanest kitchen we've ever had and a wife who's as relaxed and calm as she can be for an 8+-months pregnant FTM. I've been cleaning, putting away freezer meals, getting my vegetable garden going, and enjoying plenty of time for exercise, reading, and afternoon naps. Who knows? This will likely be the last time I get to just relax and focus on taking care of myself for a couple decades, so I see no reason not to enjoy it!