School is in Session

While I didn’t really think that I had found a work life balance, I feel like I came pretty damn close. I was able to come home, spend some time with my family, go to bed at a semi decent hour, and have a little bit of a social life. I was proud! Well, I kind of dropped all the balls when I decided to add something else to the mix.

I recently posted that I had signed up to take online classes to become a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor. My classes started earlier this week and I’m already freaking out. Apparently in my 7 years since graduating college, I have forgotten just how much work is involved! I’m watching 2 hours of video a night, staying up to do assignments, haven’t even looked at the tests. Oh and there’s the little matter of sitting through a community breastfeeding class. Yikes.

But you know what? I love everything I’m learning;I’m getting so much out of this class. As weird as it is to say, I am pretty eager to watch the lecture on Perceptions of Support and Issues of Guilt. Can’t wait for to call around to set up the community breastfeeding class. Um, I’m actually looking forward to a test!


It’s very fitting that colostrum was discussed on the first day of class!

Thankfully the course is self paced. There aren’t actual due dates, just turning in the assignments by the end of the session. It means my social life will be nonexistent for the next six weeks other than things I already have planned. I’m also lucky that I have a supportive partner who lets me lock myself in our bedroom watching videos on my laptop with headphones. E has figured out how to open doors, so he usually interrupts at least once a night. It’s all worth it to me because I’m doing something that I love. I’m really excited.

“The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy.” – Gandhi

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6 thoughts on “School is in Session

  1. Thanks! I love your blog and am impressed you have the time to keep it up with everything you do. I have an 8 month old and also work full time and I can barely manage to get dinner on the table 4 nights a week, not to mention take a college course and maintain a blog. 🙂

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  2. A good first step is to look at the pathways at ibcle.org, if you haven't done this already. If you have had any college/university experience, it would be good to follow the pathway that allows you to count some of those classes. I believe it's pathway 2.

    UCSD is great, it's all self paced with the assignments and tests due at the end of the term. The professor is a RN IBCLC herself and has LOTS of knowledge from 25 years of practice. She also keeps class fun, which is important. Good luck!

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  3. Aww, you're giving me a lot of credit! Thank you!! For what it's worth, my house is a mess. Not “Hoarders” messy, but embarrassed to have people over messy. It gets cleaned but not as often as I'd like and our love seat holds more laundry than people these days. Thank you for your sweet comment!

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