Studying for certification exam with a newborn… am I insane?

posted 3 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Nope. Sounds like a bad idea. Granted you will have help with your husband being home I seriously doubt that you would get a significant amount of study time in or would even mentally be in a place where you felt like studying. But that’s just my experience… I barely felt able to take a shower and go grocery shopping all of maternity leave.. 

Post # 3
1705 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I honestly don’t think this will be possible. I don’t think you realize the state your mental capacity will be in and that does not sound conducive to trying to study and write an exam like that. Mom Brain is real. You will be exhausted and tired. It will be hard to study. I would rather wait until March when I know I could do better and I am more likely to pass. It is only 4 months. 

Post # 4
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

No way.

Post # 5
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I tried studying with a newborn. Not gonna lie it’s near impossible and most days I didn’t even get chance to shower until my husband came home. Honestly I got more work done at work on my lunch break.

I’ll defer until March. Congrats on your baby.

Post # 6
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper

MrsGirlyGirl :  this doesn’t sound reasonable honestly. I got nothing besides childcare done for the first few months. Newborns eat every 2-3 hours (start to start so if they take an hour to eat you only may have an hour between feeds). And you probably won’t sleep longer than 3 or 4 hours at a time for several months. 

Post # 7
2609 posts
Sugar bee

Your hormones will still be raging and you will be unable to focus.   I could barely manage one three nite course when my son was six month old–and that was with a VERY hands on father and in law support.

Post # 8
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsGirlyGirl :  it’s unrealistic.

You can always set your alarm for 2am, 5am, 8am, 11am…. Each time stay up for at least an hour, and see if it’s possible to focus. Your husband may be able to alternate shifts sometimes. 

Try it a few days, and see. Yes, possible, but not the intensive kind fo studying you can do without a new born.

Post # 9
4372 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Atleast it will be a good practice shot?

Post # 10
9055 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I mean, it depends alot on how difficult your baby is and the amount of family help you’ll have. LO was an awful sleeper / had thrush and we have no help…. so I can’t even imagine swinging that, even having dh off for 6 months with me.

Post # 11
5255 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

To be honest, if you plan on breastfeeding, I wouldn’t count on it… Just from my experience. Some people nurse and have easier babies… But my daughter clusterfed twice a day for the first 9 weeks and nursed about every hour to an hour and a half with me up until 6ish months.  She also was NOT good at napping until almost 9 months.  I would have never been able to do anything of any significance during maternity leave unless I had someone to watch my daughter while I got out of the house to study/work.

But no matter how your baby will be fed, it takes about 2 months to even get a formula-fed baby into a “routine.”  But even then, as soon as you get used to what a baby is doing, they switch it up on you again.

Good luck with your decision, and congratulations <3 

Post # 12
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

It’s not that you won’t have downtime- but you will likely be completely exhausted. I agree with some of the previous posters- I’m like a zombie for the first 6-8 weeks post baby (ad I’ve had two), and just when I finally get into a rhythm and kind of feel like I have my shit together- I go back to work.  There were days with my son (when I only had one baby) that my greatest daily achievement was keeping the baby alive and brushing my teeth. I don’t know how much studying you need to do each day, and I don’t know how much sleep you need to be academically ready for learning, but I personally would not be able to get it together.  Good luck!

Post # 13
570 posts
Busy bee

I don’t think it will be impossible but it will be hard. You can do it. 

Post # 14
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I found both of my newborns slept a ton. I breastfed but still had about 2 hours between feedings which left me time to workout and do household chores. You may enjoy studying and it could give you the mental stimulation I’m now craving with a 4 month old. Unlike others have said I think you can handle it. Toddlers on the other hand no way. My first is now 2 and when he’s home we get nothing done lol 

Post # 15
7776 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t see how, if you’re breastfeeding. If you formula feed and your husband can take on the bulk of the care then it might be doable. If your exam was a month or two later I’d say it’s probably doable ..but those first six weeks, which would be peak study time for you, are survival mode for most moms. I went back to work part time from home when my baby was a little over two months, and by that point it was very doable to spend a couple hrs a day working while she napped cause she was sleeping at night (and thus so was I), but In the newborn phase I couldn’t have done it. Newborns sleep a ton but it’s rarely at night lol so you’re just a zombie for those first six weeks or so. And they are literally attached to you boob for hours sometimes. Only to scream for an hour and then nurse some more. And this is often from times like 2-6am. So you just have no mental power during that time. At least that was the case for me. 

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