When I decided to go back to school, I had two daughters - 1 and 2. Before, I started my first semester of actual nursing classes, I found out I was pregnant. Needless to say, it wasn't planned. So my first semester of nursing classes wasn't too tough, I just had intro to nursing and physical assessment. I just had to be careful when I turned patients and patients who were in isolation. It really wasn't bad. I had to take summer school, that was bad becasue of the heat and there was no air conditioning in the school. I gave birth on the first day of my junior year (the toughest year - pharm and med/surg in the same semester). It was really tough, because I had missed a week of school due to the birth and then having to find someone to watch CJ (the newborn). It was also hard because with the first two I was home with them for the first year and two years. With CJ, I put him into day care after six weeks. I felt guilty. I didn't think I was a good mother at all.
To make a long story short, I just graduated this past May. I took three months off to take a break and spend time with my three kids. I will start a new postition at a nearby hospital on Monday 8/7. Right now, I'm just waiting for my results from my boards (I took them 7/24 - pray for me).
My advice on being a good student and being a mom (I called myself superwoman)- just take one day at a time. Don't be pressured to keep the house spotless, have a homecooked meal the day before an exam, and when it is a slow week - spend time with your kids and spend some alone time with you husband. If I can do it, you can to.