It's funny how one can agonize over a decision, only to later find that the decision made is universally applauded by friends and family.
Our little baby boy is due in March, and I've been EXHAUSTED the last few months. No energy. None. I've got 17 hours left until I graduate from law school, and had every intention of powering through the spring semester so I could be done in May. I also had every intention of taking some time off after that, and not taking the bar exam until February 2013, just so I could stay at home with the little guy for a while before starting work.
But, a few weeks ago I started to rethink the plan. Discussed it with the hubster, with other family, with student services. And I decided to take a leave of absence from school this spring. I'll go back in the fall to finish things up.
Which means I've got a couple months coming up when I will be gainfully unemployed and can nest to my heart's content. I am available for temp work, so I might do an honest days work or two. But in general, I'm pretty darn excited about having the time to rest up, grow a baby, and then be able to fully devote myself to him in those first few weeks/months. No running back to school right after he's born to take finals. No worrying about walking around campus in the snow and ice. No worrying about missing classes if I don't feel well, or if I am put on bedrest or anything of the sort.
The most surprising thing for me has been that everyone, and I do mean everyone, that I have told about the leave of absence has thought it is a phenomenally great idea. I am so surprised! I really agonized over the decision. It means I'll need to find people to watch the little guy when I go back to school in the fall, and that I'll miss out on some of that time with him when he's older. But still, everyone thinks it's great.
So, seems as though I made a good decision. Nice to have everyone's approval for the fact that I'm going to be a bum for a few months. :)