I am planning on taking 16 weeks with LO#2. Right now we have a full-time nanny. She is fabulous, and we don't want to lose her if possible. However, I don't think we will want her help during the maternity leave (though maybe I am crazy?!). I only get 4 weeks of pay through my employer, and then it's the abysmal CA state disability pay, which is barely enough to cover groceries. We *could* pay to keep her on so we don't have to look for another nanny, but I'm not sure that makes the most sense. Plus, I think I will nejoy the quality time with DD and our new baby. Would love to hear what you all decided and why... FYI, DD is not in day care yet, so it would be me full time taking care of both of them once DH goes back to work after 2 weeks.