(Closed) Grad school, work, pregnancy & 1st baby…oh my!

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
136 posts
Blushing bee

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
1594 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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summerbride2016 :  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
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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. 

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