Post # 1
I’m 6 weeks pregnant with my first baby and I believe I’m due April 6 (find out for sure this Fri at COP appointment). Any bees balance work, grad school and a regular job? Any advice?
I just applied to grad school….fingers crossed I get in! I think I will (it starts in 2 weeks…eeek!). I just wonder how the heck I’ll balance it with my regular work. I’m starting my 2nd year teaching full time at a university (4 classes plus advising a club), so it’s not new but still a lot of work prepping and grading! I plan to do grad school part timeover 4 years – I NEED this terminal degree to keep teaching. It’s 2 classes per semester PLUS a winter, May and 4 summer classes…so year round school, 10 classes a year. I’m just trying to take it one step at a time. Get in, and go from there.
Post # 2
I’m 25 weeks, and work as a teacher. I am currently 40% of the way through my masters. I have mapped out a plan so I am finished at the end of July but with baby coming in December, I may have to extend it by a semester. My husband only works three days a week so I feel like I have lots of support to be able to accomplish this feat but am also aware that I should not overwhelm myself. I am looking to reflect on how I feel before each term and go from there. One of my professors also adviced me to take leave as necessary as the university supports this idea. It is something you could look into until you feel ready to start again.
Post # 3
We’re in the same boat! I work full time, am a full time grad student on my VERY LAST CLASS (thank god), have a part time internship position, and am due here in about 8 weeks with our first!!!
It’s insane and some days I feel like I just can’t do it all, but I’m trying my hardest and seem to get everything done. Plan, plan, plan!!! That’s the best advice I’ve gotten and can give. Also, sleep. It sounds ridiculous because seriously there is sooooooo much stuff to get done, but sometimes taking that 2 hour nap is really the better option. You wake up feeling better, more decisive, and (sometimes, but not often) refreshed.
If you want to delay your entry to grad school by a semester or two, they should be able to do that for you. It may not be ideal, but it can be one more thing checked off your immediate tasks list.
You can do it! Remember to try not to stress and stay relaxed!!! Congrats and good luck!
Post # 4
I’m 14 weeks pregnant with my first, my work is going into a major project, and I’m in grad school. I will be honest, last term during first trimester was miserable. I had one night class, but would go from 6:30 AM until 10:00 PM streight those days. I had major fatigue with my first trimester and a little late day nausea. It was brutal, but I still passed with an A-.
My plan, based on what a lot of Bees have said, is to take everything off while I’m maternity leave, which means a semester off of classes too.
Post # 5
I work full time and I’m doing an MBA part time. The course is 2.5 years long and I have only just started so I am planning on having a baby before it’s over. The course is quite flexible so I’ll be able to pause it and join the next one. Also plan on only having my disseration outstanding… then pausing and re-starting will essentially just be an extension. But I am still rather concerned about it!!
Post # 6
I work full-time and am also studying for my MBA full-time, my job is incredibly stressful and mentally exhausting which makes it difficult. My only suggestion would be to be careful taking on a lot at work while going to school (I am a classic over achiever), because it will come to bite you in the butt in the form or exhaustion and moodiness! Hahah We plan on TTCing in the next few months, since both my hubs and I are getting our Masters, we wanted to be done prior to a baby and should complete both degrees a few months prior (assuming TTC goes well)! I give you props for doing it all at the same time!
Post # 7
I work a full time (teaching job) while coaching once a week and working nights and weekends in retail. I just finished my third grad school course and am due in December! I did online courses and only one course at a time. I am now taking prob a year off from grad school to focus on preparing for the baby . My hubby has read three books and has a name list started.. I on the other hand haven’t started either one because I’ve been so focused on grad school. It’s defiantly a challenge and difficult while dealing with morning sickness but it’s doable. I debated weather or not to take this last course but am glad I did and the fact that I have a perfect 4.0 GPA somehow shocks me still.