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 I finally get to write this - I AM DONE SCHOOL!!!!

I can't believe it! I wrote my last exam this morning (and the prof, who also happens to be the dean, was kind enough to tell us we would all pass and not to worry!).

Thank you to everyone who was supportive during my many "breakdowns". Thank you to those who reviewed essays. Thank you to the wonderful WBeller who reviewed my med school application. Thank you to my super DH for standing by me during this insanity and taking parental leave so my beautiful children were cared for by a parent.

I think this has to be the proudest moment in my life. I managed to do four years of full-time studies while pregnant all.four.freakin.years (having babies in the summer months). On top of that I took on 3 volunteer positions.

I am so bloody tired I think I could sleep for a few weeks...
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 19 Apr 2012 10:25 PM
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YAY!!!! Congrats!
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 19 Apr 2012 10:26 PM
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Congratulations Nat! I think you deserve a huge pat on the back!
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 19 Apr 2012 10:30 PM
 2 Jan 2009
 Nunavut
MillyHa
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Congratulations! Now take a well earned break wink
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 19 Apr 2012 10:50 PM
 4 Aug 2004
 Manitoba
Letitia
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Congrats! You've been one busy lady!
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 19 Apr 2012 10:53 PM
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You are one amazing lady!
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 19 Apr 2012 11:06 PM
 13 Jun 2005
 Toronto, ON
aw2006
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Congratulations!
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 19 Apr 2012 11:12 PM
 29 Jan 2010
 Winnipeg
Summernightsky
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You've more than earned a few weeks sleep! Congrats!!!
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 19 Apr 2012 11:14 PM
 8 Apr 2007
 Ottawa
bluegreen
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Congratulations!!! I am in awe of you!
ENJOY!!!!!!!
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 19 Apr 2012 11:15 PM
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VanessaC
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Congratz!!!!
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 19 Apr 2012 11:20 PM
 9 Jul 2005
 Around, SK
LadyAurora
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Wow! Girl you get mad props from this corner of the universe!

Congrats!
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 20 Apr 2012 6:24 AM
 8 May 2005
 Behind You.
JustApril
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Congratulations Nat! smile
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 20 Apr 2012 6:58 AM
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Congrats - do you mind me asking what your degree was in? What an accomplishment!!
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 20 Apr 2012 7:24 AM
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I have no idea how you did it - you're Superwoman! Congratulations!
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 20 Apr 2012 7:28 AM
 3 Dec 2010
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Wow! Congrats on all your hard work!!!!!
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 20 Apr 2012 7:31 AM
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omaki
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And by the way, you know you are an inspiration to me, right? smile
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 20 Apr 2012 7:41 AM
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You are amazing! You have so much on your plate but still pull everything off and have time to help random girls stuck at daycare because their DH's took the carseat out of the car and they couldn't buckle up the baby whistleold

Seriously, though. Even with everything on your mind, you are still such a doting mommy and a caring friend. Chapeau, my dear. Chapeau.
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 20 Apr 2012 8:10 AM
 20 Oct 2003
 Ontario
MrsG2004
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Congrats!! You should be very proud of yourself for doing 4 years full time especially pregnant smile
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 20 Apr 2012 8:22 AM
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 Ottawa
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Congrats Nat! And all while moderating this crazy place too!

PS, so when are we getting together? wink
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 20 Apr 2012 8:58 AM
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 Toronto
FriendsFirst
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Congratulations Nat!!!! *applause*

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 20 Apr 2012 9:05 AM
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Ya congrats Nat!

I can't believe you managed to get all that done while having babies and raising babies.

Nat = Super Mom.
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 20 Apr 2012 9:23 AM
 27 Oct 2009
mrssp
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Wow, that's amazing! Congratulations, it must feel great! laugh
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 20 Apr 2012 9:24 AM
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Amazing is not a strong enough word! I really don't know how you did it. Party, party and good luck with whatever comes next!
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 20 Apr 2012 9:27 AM
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Wow big congrats! Are you going to med school now?
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 20 Apr 2012 9:28 AM
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Simply wonderful! You are amazing...enjoy every moment of feeling proud. smile
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 20 Apr 2012 10:24 AM
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What an accomplishment! You must be a time management pro. smile
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 20 Apr 2012 11:45 AM
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Okay I need to ask the question everyone is thinking- how on earth can you afford all those kids with you in school and DH not working (since I assume he had to work between them to earn EI/top up)?

Feel free to not answer my nosy question.
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 20 Apr 2012 11:47 AM
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Bravo! You should be proud of yourself! That's amazing!
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 20 Apr 2012 12:07 PM
 13 Jan 2008
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AMAZING! What an accomplishment. Congratulations!!
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 20 Apr 2012 12:14 PM
 28 Mar 2012
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SuperWoman!! So happy for you! Congratulations!
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 20 Apr 2012 12:45 PM
 19 Jan 2012
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That's quite the accomplishment! Congratulations smile
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 20 Apr 2012 1:16 PM
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Way to go Nat!
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 20 Apr 2012 1:34 PM
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Marshmallow - I did a B.Sc.N. (nursing).

omaki - :-) Thanks for listening to my ranting and helping me make some tough decisions!

MrsMuffin - well now I have all this time on my hands, we'll have to set it up!

L.E.M. - I don't think so... but if I do go back it won't be for a little while. I got into midwifery for this fall, but since I'm expecting in November I can't go. Either I'll pursue midwifery, medical school or nurse practionner at some point.

Minimoi - I didn't get in (as expected). It was my childhood dream and it's still my dream career so DH encouraged me to try... my grades were good enough to apply, but not stellar enough to catch their eye. Plus with the kids I didn't have too much in terms of extra-curricular which counts for quite a bit. It's all good. I applied at least, so no regrets. My DH still wants me to try again at a later date. We'll see.

Nuke - I don't mind answering at all! We were really lucky that our planning actually happened the way we were hoping. Here's the timeline:

August 2008- I took a leave of absence from my job to go to school. Got pregnant.

September 2008 to April 2009 - first year, full time

May 2009 - Baby #1 born

September 2009 - DH takes parental leave, I go into second year, pregnant with baby #2

May 2010 - DH goes back to work for 16 weeks, baby #2 born, I stay home with both kids all summer

September 2010 - DH takes parental leave #2, I go into third year

October 2010 - get pregnant with baby #3

May 2011 - DH goes back to work for 16 weeks, I stay home with the kids for the summer

July 2011 - baby #3 born

September 2011 - DH takes parental leave #3, I go into fourth year (6 weeks PP... THAT was hard)

March 2012 - pregnant with baby #4

April 2012 - DONE SCHOOL!!!!

So we've always had a parent with the kids and lived off one salary. I have school debt and we live a frugal life but we're comfortable. We've been lucky and blessed to have friends lend/give us clothes for the kids and I do quite a bit of garage sale shopping for kids stuff. We cloth diaper the babies when they are little to save a bit on diapers... I don't know... we manage!

Thank you everyone else for the kind wishes. It still hasn't completely sunken in that I don't have an essay due or something!
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 20 Apr 2012 2:13 PM
 23 Oct 2007
 Toronto
baberoo
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Wow Nat, I'm in awe. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment! I honestly don't know how you did it while pregnant and raising so many little ones. You should be so proud of yourself smile
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 20 Apr 2012 2:22 PM
 3 Nov 2006
 Cambridge, Ontario
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You are super women! Congrats!
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 20 Apr 2012 2:48 PM
 15 Jul 2008
Babs1980
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Anyone else feeling kind of lazy after reading that post? Wow. You've done what very few people would even consider doing. Congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself.
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 20 Apr 2012 3:33 PM
 2 May 2005
Maritime Mama
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Congratulations Nat! You are a SuperLady! You've accomplished so much - 3 beautiful babies and a Bachelor's to boot! Amazing!

I don't doubt one minute you're exhausted! lol I have a friend doing her B.Sc.N - they sure put you guys thru the wringer!
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 20 Apr 2012 3:44 PM
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Congratulations!!! laugh

I will admit to stalking you at times, trying to figure out how you're doing it all...it boggles my mind what you've accomplished in 4 short years!!! AMAZING!! smile And very inspiring!

(...thank you for answering Nuke's question wink ).
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 20 Apr 2012 4:35 PM
 28 Jul 2004
SeptGal
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Congrats!!! Absolutely amazing!

I definitely feel lazy after reading all you've accomplished! Can I ask another question everyone is probably wondering as well....are you going to keep having babies indefinitely!? You need a reality show!
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 20 Apr 2012 4:43 PM
 2 Jul 2009
 Milton, ON
Rebecca_and_Kevin
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Congrats Nat!! I am in awe of you!! I told DH and he was like That is one super crazy focused family! Amazing how everything just fell into place smile
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 20 Apr 2012 4:57 PM
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 Ottawa
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Congratulations Nat! I'm very proud of you and amazed you did all this while being pregnant FOUR times (and with babies and toddlers...phew!).
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 20 Apr 2012 5:01 PM
 30 Mar 2006
 GTA
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Oh my goodness, what an accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself! Congratulations!
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 21 Apr 2012 12:39 AM
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 Canada
mama loca
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Dude - you seriously need/deserve superhero status!

Well done you!

You are clearly picking up the slack for the rest of us underachievers of the world!!!
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 21 Apr 2012 7:45 AM
 24 Oct 2007
 Halifax
MrsPL
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Congratulations! It's so nice to be done, isn't it?
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 21 Apr 2012 7:58 AM
 11 Mar 2005
 Niagara Falls
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Congrats Nat that is awesome and the fact that you were able to do it while pregnant and have one parent home with the kids

You are a real Super Woman
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 21 Apr 2012 8:44 AM
 11 Dec 2008
 Ottawa
Dreas
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Wow congratulations!!! You are an inspiration!

Are you planning on starting work soon or are you taking some well- deserved down time?
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 21 Apr 2012 9:11 AM
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You're my hero!

Congrats!!
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 21 Apr 2012 11:58 AM
 26 Dec 2010
2x2
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You're amazing. Congratulations!
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 21 Apr 2012 2:53 PM
 3 Jan 2006
 Whitby
diva.jen
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Amazing! Congrats on finishing up - you must be so proud of yourself, and deservedly so!! smile
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 21 Apr 2012 8:44 PM
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BabyMunchkin
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Congratulations! That is amazing. And seems like you and your DH have an awesome relationship if you can handle all of that together.

Shows me how lazy I am in complaining about cooking after work while watching one little one!

I hope you have a nice relaxing pregnancy this time. Sounds like you deserve a break smile
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