I am 25 years old and in school getting my education degree. I just have one more semester of classes which I'm taking this Fall, then two semeters of my internships or "student teaching" until I graduate. I had my first LO in 2010 while I was going to college and working from full time. My husband (who is also in education and graduating this month) and I don't want to have a huge age gap between our children. We are thinking about TTC for #2. I am just at a total loss as to when would be the *ideal* time. I'm not embarassed to admit that I have made countless spreadsheets outlining the next 5 years of our lives to the smallest detail to try and figure this out. I know that I definitely do NOT want to have a newborn my first year teaching, and I do not want to get pregnant my first year in fear that I would not have my job secure (since FMLA requires you to be there 12 mo).
Basically I am wondering your thoughts on this. Here are my options:
Option 1: Get pregnant at the beginning of Fall this year so the baby is born around May/June 2013. The kids would 2.5 yrs apart. My husband would be finishing up with his 1st year teaching, so it would be nice to have him home with me helping in the summer. This would mean I would be doing my 1st internship in the Spring in my 3rd trimester and would have to handle my 2nd internship with a 3yr old and a 4mo. old baby (or I could postpone my 2nd internship until Spring 2014). Ideally I would graduate Dec 2014, but wouldn't start teaching until the Fall 2014 school year so I could postpone my 2nd internship if needed and still start to teach the same time.
Option 2: Get pregnant in the Spring next year while doing my 1st inernship. This would mean I would be doing my 2nd internship 6-9 months pregnant--could it get in the way of me getting hired? On a positive note, I would graduate a month or two before baby is born so my schooling would be done with before the next kid comes. The kids would be 3yrs apart. I would start teaching Fall 2014.
Option 3: Wait. Graduate first. Teach 1 full year so that baby isn't born until my 2nd year teaching...the kids would be 5.5 yrs apart.
What was your "timeline" like? How long were you teaching before you got pregnant and the baby was born? Any information would help. I'm confident that when it's meant to be, it'll happen, but it doesn't hurt to try and be prepared the best you can! Thanks in advance, and so sorry for the increidbly long post!