The middle of April ended my second trimester of midwifery school. It was a whirlwind of a semester with lots of great classes and a crazy amount of births. During this semester, I was able to start the role of co-managing births with my preceptor. I started with managing the 3rd stage of labor (delivery/inspection of the placenta and estimated blood loss of the mom).
I also have taken the lead on getting all vitals for mom and baby during and after labor. I have been able to be a lot more hands on during prenatal and PP visits as well. The hours are still crazy. Some weeks I am gone from home 70 hours and others only 15. I am hoping this semester I will be able to assist in the actual birth of the baby and physical exams on clients. I have several classes I am excited about this semester and I am ready to dive back in!
My family continues to support me like crazy and we cherish any time we have all together. Cory does an amazing job of picking up my slack and we are finally starting to find a groove in this craziness. Some days we do better than others but if anything we are learning how to offer each other grace. My kids have also started to get into their own groove. Even with this past semester being during their own school, they really did a great job of having a schedule for the day and sticking to it. I know they didn't do things exactly the way I would if I was home with them, but there comes that grace word again. I had to learn over and over (and I'm sure will continue to learn) how to offer my kids grace when things didn't go exactly according to my plan. I had to remember what I was asking of them and how fortunate I am to have kids that I can trust enough to leave home to watch my 2 year old and each other. Really, my kids are pretty great! Hopefully, this Summer gives all my people a little relief. They will still be in charge of a 2 year old that is testing every boundary and always checking to see who is in charge 3 days a week, but at least they won't have that combined with trying to get 6 hours of school done every day too.
Morgan has also started her first job at Publix. She started a couple weeks ago and is doing wonderful! I am so proud of her and she works around the corner from the birth center I am at. Transportation can sometimes be a little challenging with both of us working and her not having a license or car but we are managing so far. She decided to take the Summer off from all classes as she adjusts to this new pace.