I need to come up with my leave plan before I talk to the head of school in a couple of weeks. What are you thinking? What have you done in the past?
I feel like this timing couldn't be more perfect!
[Excuse me while I run off to barf ... remind me, grilled cheese sandwiches are NOT ok.]
I'm imagining I will work up until or close to my due date on December 14, then use sick and personal days to take me to winter break (last day of class is December 16). Is that realistic to teach right up until the end? My paid winter break will bring me to January 2 and then I assume I'll go on disability if there's any time left. How long is a usual amount of disability after birth? Beyond that, I'm thinking I'll take my full 12 weeks unpaid family leave, which will take me up until spring break, then I get the extra 2 weeks paid for spring break, bringing me back to work on April 9. The kid would likely be about four months old. Is it realistic to pump and be away from a four-month old for 12 hours a day? (LONG commute ... I'll be living in the ghetto and teaching in the wealthiest neighborhood.) My boyfriend's mom would be watching the kid during the day and my boyfriend would be home hours earlier than me. Then about eight weeks of school until summer and two more months at home with baby.
How realistic/crazy is this not-well-thought-out plan?