If I had known then what I know now, I would have started this MT cert program when I first learned I was pregnant. This would have been great because I would have been done shortly after she was born. It is so very hard to try to keep meeting the deadlines of this program while raising a child, my first but hopefully not my last child, who just turned 29 weeks of age today. Any other parents out there with me? Any ideas to help me through this, I am only on Module I. As The Little Engine that could says, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. . . . I am at the point of saying I hope I can. :)
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Jenn, I'm in a similar boat! Also in Module I. My youngest is almost two, so not quite the little one you have, but boy it's hard to squeeze in the time! As your baby gets older she will sleep for longer stretches...not the little cat-naps...so you'll eventually be able to really get some good studying in (hopefully!!). I have three boys so I have to be pretty creative. My goal is to study during the naps and test weekly when my husband is home to occupy everyone. So far it's working...I'm about to take the coding test for Section 6 and I'm on schedule to meet my first deadline with time to spare. That's as long as nobody gets sick and really throws me off! So if you have a husband, USE HIM!!! He should be your partner in this, and I hope he is willing and able to pick up the slack so you can do your best. Mine definately gets stressed out, but I remind him it's only for one year and it's for the betterment of our entire family.
Also sometimes I just need to be out of earshot of the kids to really be able to concentrate. Perhaps you can pop out to the library or starbucks so you can't hear the baby and be tempted to jump in and help the husband. A silent hour or two and you can really get some quality studying in!
Woa, a novel! I better get to that coding test before all that studying evaporates. Good luck, mama! We are warriors!!! :)
Thank you so much Heather!!!! I really appreciate your response!!
I am so very lucky to have a helpful husband, he does everything he can to help. Unfortunately, my daughter has a strong attachment to me because we still have a baby-led exclusively breastfeeding relationship and she eats about every two hours for about 5 to 15 to 30+ minutes or so each nursing session. A lot of times my daughter will cry when I leave the room, even if she is with her daddy and I cannot get any good studying done with a crying child. I am sure you know what I mean. This is challenging with 1 child, I am sure it is extra challenging with 3 (I do want at least one more child, but hopefully not until Ember self-weans from our baby-led breastfeeding relationship).
I am glad to hear you have a helpful husband, they are truly valuable!!!!
So far I am going to make my final deadline for Module I, wish me luck!!!!
Good luck Heather, I wish you all the best!