Last year while pregnant with our second child, I learned that my husband had accrued six weeks of vacation leave and a stunning eight months of paid sick leave. I suggested (and was prepared to insist) that he use it after the birth of our son and he enthusiastically agreed–and actually made it happen.
I was pleasantly surprised–or should I say downright stunned–since he works in an office comprised mostly of military officers.
He certainly has gotten his fair share of ribbing from his colleagues for taking such an extended leave (some of his colleagues in the military are just happy to be in the same time zone when their children are born). But I must say, he’s also gotten some surprising and welcome chest-bumps too from envious colleagues.