I'm due about 6 weeks before graduation as well - I've told my instructors, have cut my hours at work, and checking my BP religiously - and just trying to not stress out too much. Others do it - this one is my 2nd, so we're excited - just hoping that baby will be on time, timing is right, etc. My husband will stay home w/baby and I'll go back after a few days, but hope to be done with many of my clinicals by then so that I can be at home as much as possible. The school has a room for nursing mothers to pump, which is nice.
Ah we are in the same situation! We will have to keep in touch. So what is your due date?
I've already talked to my instructors too about having a room to pump.
They were both like "of course! use my office!" Nice having women, support other women, you know? We are also going to be doing the finger feeding system while I am away so that the baby does not have to take a bottle. I am so worried about how this is all going to play out that I'm trying to cover all my bases. Anything else you are thinking of (ideas?) to work out that you could possibly throw my way?
I'm realistic that it'll be tough - but jov, to say that someone is going to fail as a mom because she's going finishing school is pretty harsh - there are many, many women who have to go back to work as soon as they can (before the 6 weeks, I mean - within days) because of circumstances - are they bad moms too?
I think a mom working or going to school is admirable. hard, certainly not ideal, but admirable. It's better than say, partying all night while showing your crotch having a newborn at home, ala Britney Spears. LOL I hope I am providing a good example to my children on how wonderful education is, something to pursue and never give up on. And that you can have it all if you work at it and try hard. I hope my children will look up to me as their mom who is educated and bright, and they will pursue educational goals in their lives. Sure there are some that want to judge others for this choice, that is their choice. I prefer to look at it the way I looked at my parents who both went to school and worked while I was growing up. Wonderful role models.
FYI - You won't miss the first weeks of baby - you'll go to school, come home, and do what you need to to make up for the time you were way - you'll be tired, but that's a given. I'm glad to hear that you'll have good support - that makes a huge difference!
Well, in reality I *will* miss some time with my newborn. I am sad about this, of course. But I also feel I am proactive in working out the logistics of this. My mother is an awesome support, and she will be here helping my husband out with our children those days I do have to precept. My husband will drive baby to me for nursing breaks, I am so glad this is going to happen because nursing baby is extremely important to me.
And when I'm done with school in May I can't wait to go back to being sahm! I will probably work a few days a month, but this daily grind is getting old.
BTW, where are you working? I am an LPN working prn a few days a month in acute med/surg. I love this field.