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I am currently pregnant with my second child (my first is two and a half), I have been studying since my daughter was 6 months old. I felt sure that full time study white being a full time mum would be easy. Boy was I wrong! It is the hardest most demanding thin I have ever done. I am doing my nursing degree which is challenging without the demands of motherhood. My text books and note books are covered in pretty picture courtesy of the toddler who insists in drawing along side me. My assignments tend to get left to the last minute where an all nighter is required, granted this is no different than my childless classmates, but having to entertain a toddler the next day is challenging I’ll be honest the Disney DVDs are easy to reach on days like this. Pregnancy has thrown in another challenge, the relentless tiredness not to mention the constant strange looks as your ever growing bump and waddle supports a backpack and text books on campus. Also not to mention that my friends who I started the degree with are all graduated and are working real full time nursing jobs something that I cannot wait to do, I still have two years to go, 14 weeks of full time placement and a newborn due in the first week of the second semester. I love every minute of the challenge and know that this is the right thing to do for my family. If you are considering studying, go for it, dive in, it will be the most challenging thing you will ever do. But one thing it will teach you and your family is that with drive and commitment you can achieve what you want


Posted by mumma-mel-c, 15th April 2014


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  • Good on you for taking on challenges – it is what keeps us going and moving forward.

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  • studying mum

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  • Oh my gosh that’s me… But I have a 9 month old. I started back when he was 6months and am thinking of having a similar gap as you (I don’t want much more than 3 year gap). How do you cope with prac? And how do you do child minding? We have family look after bub a day a week but thinking when I do prac I may need childcare. I’ve been contemplating if I can do this. Thank you for sharing. You are doing amazingly

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  • great story

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  • Really right if you trust yourself you can do it, you will achieve what you plan.

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  • I would love to thank all the supportive mums through this post, I have been struggling the last few weeks with an assignment due every week for a month and a half. Coming here and reading the comments have been just what I needed. It is never easy especially as illness is starting to take its toll in our household, but to know that people think its an amazing thing to do I say thank you

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  • congrats, this is inspiring to read

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  • Well done Melissa! Hope everything is going well for you :)

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  • What an inspiration to other mums you are. Hope all is going well for you and well done :)

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  • Wow I really don’t think I could of managed to do what your doing while having a toddler and pregnant.
    I hope all goes well for you and in 2 years time become the nurse that you want to be, you should be very proud of yourself.

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  • I’m about to start a degree with a toddler and am worried about the study load. I will just have to be organised I guess!

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  • I absolutely agree with you. I’m currently a mother to an almost 2yr old, 5 month old, studying (self paced thank God!) and helping my husband start up our business which is due to kick off at the end of May. The past few months have been the biggest challenge of my life and I know the next couple of years will be even more so. But when I get a second to breath and think about what we’re actually achieving – gosh it’s rewarding – and fun! (mostly lol)

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  • I really admire mums who juggle study with parenting commitments. My niece is studying at Uni part-time. It takes longer, requires commitment and support from your family but it will be worth it when you graduate!

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  • I have 3 children and have just started studying to get back into the work force. It’s the first time I’ve attempted since school and wow is it difficult to do around the household. I have had to pull a few all nighters too and I already hate mornings but now that school is back something will have to give. I have passed two of my assessments so I am very proud of myself and I am determined to keep going. Good Luck Mummies :)

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  • I am also studying, and pregnant with my third child! My eldest is 4 and I started when she was 1… I still have half my degree to go! Studying with kids is so hard! Often it’s more about the fact that your brain is so drained by the time they go to bed that you just can’t concentrate! Hang in there…. It will be worth it in the end

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