Having a baby while at university probably wasn't on your list of things to do before your degree ends, but would you change it for the world? Absolutely not.
You might find yourself quoting Peppa Pig in your essays from time to time and that's not all. We've made a list of things about what it's like to have a baby while at university.
There are plenty of late nights with a new born so throw in the added bonus of writing an essay and coffee quickly becomes a go-to drink to help keep you awake. Instead of 'when baby sleeps, you sleep' it will be 'when baby sleeps, plan an essay!'
1) Coffee becomes your favourite drink
Being a student can be expensive as it is; living away from home, weekly food shops and maintaining a social life, all while you’re trying to juggle a part time job AND assignments. A baby makes it all the more expensive, with baby furniture to buy and nappies, wipes, you have to learn to budget more than before.
2) You budget a lot more
The dreaded issue of not getting any childcare will always be a problem at some point. You email the lecturer and ask if it’s okay to bring your little one in and they reply “yes”. It’s a huge relief, but maybe slightly distracting to others cooing over your little one…
3) You sometimes have to take your child to lectures
With those early morning rises (or should we say those sleepless nights?), you'll have seen more 9am lectures than most of your class combined and maybe your little one will have tagged along too.
4) You see more 9ams than most of your class
Even if your child refuses a nap you don't have time to put off deadlines, so you sometimes have to dedicate half your computer screen to work and the other half to Peppa Pig...
5) Split screen comes in handy
Whether you're due date is creeping closer or you have a little one, it might have been easy to not show up to lectures or start an assignment a few hours before your deadline at one point but you can't afford to do that now.
6) It changes your work perspective
You sometimes find it gives you more of a purpose to do well and get that job you really want and not just for you, but it sets a good example to your little one as they grow up.
Whether you have a baby or not, asking for help is okay.
7) Asking for help is okay
It’s sometimes scary asking for help in case the answer is no, but when you have a little one you have to ask or at least keep your lecturers in the loop. Let them know if your little one has the chicken pox so you can’t make it in to the seminars, your tutors will be grateful and more understanding when it comes to your work submissions!
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