As most of you will know, I don’t do things by halves. My life is, and always has been, a non-stop, hectic adventure… and I am pleased to announce that my next adventure will be motherhood!
The past year has seen me focus on my career and I have put in a ridiculous amount of hours and dedication. Some may have wondered why I was sacrificing my social life (and it could be argued my sanity) by working so hard to complete my part-time PhD in the same time as a full-time researcher. The past year I’ve given up almost every weekend to read academic papers, collect survey data and compute statistics. But the truth is that I did not do all of this because of my undivided dedication to research, but instead I pushed myself to the limits so that when the time comes, I can enter the realms of motherhood without all of these distractions.
This last year I have settled in to a new job. I have organised a wedding. I have paid off all of my debts. I have undertaken two phases of primary data collection and analysis and written my entire PhD thesis. I have presented at three conferences and won a three-minute thesis competition. I have written four academic papers for publication which are all currently under review. Wow, I feel tired just thinking about all of this.
I am a hard worker, anyone who has ever worked with me will tell you that, but this year I have really put my foot on the accelerator. I will continue to work after the baby comes (minus a few months maternity leave), but I was under no illusion that doing a PhD with a new born baby was an easy, or even a possible task. This is why I have worked so hard. Some people actually refer to their PhD as their baby!
Baby Stainton is due to join us on March 9th 2017 and Philip and I cannot wait to get his/her first passport and to take them along with us on our travels! Watch this space!
P.s. If you have any useful blogs about traveling with a baby I’d love to read them- leave your links below!