What do you do? How are you managing? When do you plan to start your mat leave and how long (if decided) are you thinking of taking?
I guess I'll answer my own questions!
I teach high school biology and chemistry. I'm exhausted!!!! I'm literaly counting down the periods (not days!!!) till Christmas holidays! After that, we get two weeks back in class, then a week of exams where we don't teach, just supervise and mark exams, so it's much more relaxing, and then we start a new semester.
I plan on March 1st being my last day (it's a Friday). That would give me 3 weeks to rest and relax before my DD. That means I would have to teach for the first month of the new semester, new classes and stuff, but I'm ok with that. So all in all, the next few months are going to fly by, work-wise!
We can get up to a year off, but I don't want to return after the semester has started next year, so I think I'll go back at the end of January (2014) but only take on one class (so work 33% time) for the remainder of that school year. That is what I did with DD (she was born at the end of October and I went back with one class at the beginning of the school year for that semester, then two classes for the second semester) and it was awesome! I loved having a little bit of both words: the SAHM for part of the day and the WOHM for the other part.
I could also just go back in september of 2014, but that would mean absolutely no income from me from march 1st-september 1st...six months. Ouch!
Also, if I go back to work at the end of January, DP can take the remainder 5 weeks from our parental leave and stay at home. I think he'd like that alot. Again, that's what we did with DD and he loved that time at home with her, even though it was short.