I happened to transition from bedside ER into a Monday-Friday educator position about eight months before I got pregnant. The pregnancy was unexpected after previous losses combined with my age, but a happy occurrence beyond measure! Our daughter is almost 11 months now, and it's not easy. My husband is a medical student (about to go into third year), he's in his dedicated study period for Step 1 (USMLE) which is the most important exam he'll ever take, so we joke (but not joking) that I am a single mom right now. He helps as much as he can. With no family in the area, I have no idea how we'd work things if I were still working 12-hour shifts. Our daycare is open from 0630 to 1830, so that doesn't work! And my husband wouldn't always be able to pick her up either because he has some later stuff at school, plus third year he'll be rotating on services and has no idea what his schedule will be. I am not in love with the M-F thing because I miss having weekdays off, but it's what works for our family. I am so grateful for my daughter, you have no idea.
The best part of my day is in the evening when I can rock her to sleep in our rocking chair after we read a book. She is amazing.
You just make the time when you can, and it works out. While she is playing in her playroom I am right there on my laptop, grading papers/posts for my online teaching job, or writing papers/posts for my schoolwork. I am just wrapping up my first DNP course and feeling encouraged that I can fit everything in. The laundry is done, the house is not a pit. I am tired, but whatever! It will all be worth it.