im not sure if this will help or not, i hope it gives a little insight. i am almost 23, i am entering the lpn program this fall. i'm married and we have a son who is 2 1/2. i have already gone through 2 years of pre-reqs for nursing. with a child, it is very hard & without knowing your personality at all i would like to say that it takes a very organized, motivated individual (& my other mommy-student friends joke maybe a little crazy too,
lol) to be a mother and go through nursing school
. you have to have excellent time management skills especially if you have to throw work into the mix (which i also have to do) and still come out with good grades (or even just passing grades sometimes, depending on your course load). as a student-mommy you also have to prepare yourself for the guilt for the time that will be spent doing your schoolwork and not with your child.
i would say that my school experience would be much easier as a non-mommy sometimes for example: during finals week two weeks ago my son was teething and then developed an ear infection. without that i'm sure my stress level would have decreased and my sleep level would have increased, but i chose to skip out on the sleep and study and by god's grace i managed to maintain my grades in 3 classes and bring it up a letter grade in another (2 as and 2 bs!). on the other hand, the birth of my son motivated me to do more with my life, and has given me a great deal of insight (because everybody/every patient is somebody's baby, and i take care of them how i wish to have my own taken care of) and being in the hospital with my son premature & being around the nurses reignited my passion to become a nurse (kinda backwards right?).
no real substaintial wisdom or advice here really (im sorry), just my experience as a student-nurse mommy. i know i'm younger than you but i hope it helps, and god bless you in your journey, it's worth it!