First time due to how our kid arrived in terms of time of year (late December), I took the week of delivery/hospital/arrival home off, worked the following week, then took the following 2 weeks off... so 3 out of 4 weeks off.
This time our kid is coming much earlier in the year, so 2 weeks off, all in a row.
I took two weeks off....I would have taken more if I could have, but we wanted to save some of my PTO for anything that could have come up in the first few months with the boy.
I cannot imagine taking less time off and leaving my wife to deal with the first weeks alone. We were both suffering from sleep deprevation as it was, so I cannot imagine anyone doing it alone.
If any soon to be dads have a wife who needs to go through the C-Section thing, you will have no choice...you will have to be home for two weeks because the wife will not be able to do one thing on her own.
I stayed home for 10 days to take care of my wife and son. I only had to use 5 sick days the way my work schedule fell over that two week span. Which is the exact amount my contract states a father gets to assist his wife postpartum. Woman on the other hand get one year paid if they have the time accrued. God bless them.
I work for a government agency and get 6 weeks of PTO & 48 available swaps per calendar year. So with creative vacation and swap picks I worked out having 8 to 10 consecutive days off per month from February to December 2013. I don't want to miss my son growing up and as long as I work for this agency I will keep this schedule for years to come.
Good luck in your planning and remember your wife will need some help especially the first few days home from the hospital. Be safe.