School is that thing I do in between naps, these days.
That 3rd trimester exhaustion is no joke, and the way it mixes with the manic cleaning/nesting session is not fun. I’m glad I’m on reduced classes this quarter, as hard as it was to admit that I needed to take a lighter load.
Anyways, in the last week I’ve basically finished midterms- just clinical/ physical diagnosis lab left- and I’ve completed the last of my observation/integration shifts. I also managed to stay on top of the paperwork, so all of that is filed with all of the appropriate offices and copies for my records were made.
Pro-Tip: Always, always make copies of paperwork that documents the amount of hours you’ve spent working somewhere. Whether it’s just to compare the finished product with your paycheck, or to be able to prove that you really have completed all 18 shifts, it’s worth your while. Computer systems go down and things get jumbled in the interoffice filing system all the time. Proof= good.
I’ve also contacted all of my teachers about taking their exams early, and set up time with the Dean and the A/V technology guy to go over logistics for birth and bringing the baby to school. Obviously, having a baby does count as an excused absence, and I can take 2 weeks afterwards off. More than 2 weeks, and they tell you to just take a term off because it’s impossible to catch up. He should be showing up pre-spring break, which is great timing. One of my weeks will be a normal week off, for sure, and then I’m pretty sure the first week of spring term will be easy to miss. Those finals though…They have a set time that they have to be done in.
Pro- Tip: If you can study ahead, do it. Taking things early is always easier than trying to catch back up.
Right now I’ve asked to take my CPD lab final a week early, and attend my last Lab dx Lab class a week early. Those are my two hardest things to make up, since they’re both hands on and I’ll need a partner for both classes. Moreover, for CPD lab, I’ll need a partner who isn’t interested in taking the final early because many of the exams are impossible to perform on me at this time. I’m just not up for an abdominal exam. All of my organs are elsewhere anyways. On top of that, I’ll be able to take two lecture class finals during the study week. It’s a little more pressure on me, but early is so much better than later. I need to hear back from one more teacher, but if I can take his final early I’ll be done with all of my finals during lab finals week. Most babies wait a whole extra week after their due dates, especially first babies.
Pro-tip: As long as you’re doing your best, things will work out one way or another. I’d be freaking out about this whole finals-baby thing a lot more if my mom hadn’t constantly quoted at me “This too, shall pass.” There’s a time for everything, and while I like it when events happen on my own personal time plan, I know that things will work out no matter when they happen.