I know we have quite a few teachers on this board so I'm asking for your help ladies on some TTC advice.
As most of you know, I recently got my first teaching job and this is what DH and I have been waiting for (new insurance) so we could start TTC #2. Selin is 18 mos old now and we'd like our kids no more than 3 years apart, ideally. I would also like a total of 3 kids and DH and I aren't getting any younger (32 and 35) so we don't want to put TTC on hold for too long.
Right after I got the job, we started talking about a timeline and initially said we would start trying this fall (Oct/Nov) so that I would be due around July 2012. I can take an extended leave through my short-term disability benefits (I did that with Selin) up to 22 weeks so I would miss most if not all of the first semester of the next school year as well and return to school for the spring 2013 semester. The goal being to give me a nice long mat. leave like I had with Selin (26 weeks).
Then, last week we were talking about it again and DH suggested that maybe we should post-pone TTC until the spring and shoot for a January 2013 baby so that I could take the spring off and have the whole summer off as well (and I wouldn't be dealing with morning sickness during my first semester of teaching). At first I was like, ugh, I don't want to wait until next spring to start TTC and I really would prefer not to have another winter baby and also all the birthdays on both sides of our family are in Jan-April so I was hoping to have the next baby in the summer or fall.
BUT, I've been thinking about it all weekend and think that it does make more sense for us to post-pone for next spring so that I will have been working there for