First time Mom and starting Graduate School?!

posted 2 months ago in College
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Girl, I’m in a similar situation trying to decide when to have a baby during grad school.

What’s your program like? Are you going to be in class every day or is it more spread out?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Check to see if you can take some of your courses online. You can take the course when the baby is sleeping. I worked on my Masters Degree in Social work and went to class when I was eight months pregnant. Set realistic goals. Don’t take too many classes at once and just keep marching forward. Time flies and you will get it done. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I have a 4 month old baby, and I feel like by this point I could start a graduate program. The first two and a half months were pretty tough but it got so much easier by the 3 month mark, which is about where you have will be by January. Sounds like a lot of work but definitely doable!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Sounds incredibly do-able as long as you have childcare for class time + a working/study time. If husband can cover your evening class times and you can afford a mother’s helper (vs full time babysitter since you’ll be home – typically more affordable) for a few hours some days to study/do research then I see no issue why you couldn’t graduate the course on time!

Without either of those things it will be harder and you may find it more difficult to keep up infant demands and course demands in the early months.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

When I was in middleschool I was a mother’s helper a couple days a week. Basically she wanted a couple hours here and there to spend 1:1 time with her toddler to make the introduction of a new sibling easier.

I would watch the baby, change diapers, fold laundry – really simple tasks while Mom and toddler were in the house. It just meant that while baby was sleeping mom didn’t have to worry about light chores or baby waking up and could focus on her toddler. Since I was young (12/13) and not fully responsible for the baby it was way less expensive then an actual babysitter!

May be worth looking into! Worked for the mom and was great for me as boosted my babysitting resume while not technically old enough to solo-babysit

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

moonandstarsxx : This sounds totally doable! Your husband will be able to watch the baby while you go to class, right? So you just need to work out a situation for occasional childcare during the day, because it would make life so much easier. A “mother’s helper”, or even just hiring someone to clean the house once a week would help a lot! But you can totally hire a babysitter to come, let’s say Tuesday and Thursday mornings, just so you can take care of homework. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

At least with my graduate programme it would have been easier having baby then than when working full time.

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