I wish it were today...
...but I still have about 3 more weeks.
We are still recovering financially from maternity leave for dd, in which I was the sole income. Dh was laid off 3 months before dd arrived and didn't get new work until I went back to work at 3 months pp. So half of my original leave was unpaid. Because bonding was more important than our bills, things just fell to the wayside. It wasn't the best decision, but I don't regret it.
Then I took a part time position at a different library from the one I worked. It was mostly for mental sanity -- I just couldn't work with my boss any longer and knew that she was not going to be very understanding about my new parent situation (even though she was a mom of a teenager!
: ) I really wanted to sahm, but we couldn't afford it. So the compromise was for me to take the part time position.
Now, while I do get maternity leave, I'm stuck the same partial pay situation again. I've only been here for a little over a year and much of my sick time was spent on dd already for various colds. So while I might've had a week or two more than I do now, it still would've been a partial pay situation. At least this time dh is still working and is making more, so the impact may not be as detrimental.
As for how long, my boss just sent me an email asking this too! Before dh got his new job, I thought it was only going to be 6 weeks. But now I'm hoping that I might be able to go for 8 or 10 weeks. Twelve would be bliss, but I have to figure out the budget first.
I'm planning on working until April 15, but if it's like last time, I may leave a week early (Apr. 8). I want to try to accumulate as much time off as possible and the full paycheck would be very helpful. But if I get that "it's time vibe" then I'll probably have my midwife sign me out early. I did this with dd and had about a week and half before dd was born. It was great! Got all my last minute nesting done, rested, and just had time to decompress and be. It made a big difference. My LC suggested a week off just to spend with dd before the birth, and I'd love to, but I think we'll have to just settle with my days off.