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Starting school with a newborn?

I am due with my first in October and really want to start a master’s program this fall. The reason I don’t want to push it off until spring is because I plan to stay home for a year with baby and I want to take advantage of the time off to study before going back to work. People say their lives are so busy and overwhelming with a new baby but with no firsthand experience, I really don’t know how challenging it will be. I don’t at all doubt that it is difficult, but be real with me—is it as crazy as they say? My husband will be home with us for the first two months. Do you think this would be manageable, or would you recommend waiting until the spring?

Re: Starting school with a newborn?

  • The first six weeks are super hard. I’m so glad I did grad school before kids. You’ll be sleep deprived, hormonal, and all over the place settling in. If you’re due in October, that guarantees your first semester will be rough. I would recommend waiting until the spring for sure. Don’t get me wrong, having a newborn is also amazing, but no joke. Waiting until the spring will allow the baby to be old enough to sleep train as well, if you’re into that idea, which should help you out in the sleep department. I found that the stress of having a baby significantly eased up around 5 months in or so. I recommend taking the fall to savor your time off with your new squish and get used to being a mom. Good luck!
  • Honestly, if you can sign up for an online class or two, that would be the best rout to go.  If your husband is home the 1st two months, it will allow you to manage your class time better.  I'll be honest, the 1st week was hell for us, but after that Yes, I was tired, yes things were chaotic, but our adjustment to the new baby wasnt as aweful as people say. 
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