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i am due in august and plan on taking a 6-month maternity leave. the last half of that, i should be looking for a new job. it would improve my marketability if i were to brush up on my spanish. would it be unrealistic to expect that i would do a self-study audio-only course (no books) while at home with a newborn? half of me sees me doing it (and exposing babe to spanish) and half of me hears women saying they don't even get to shower, let alone exercise or launch a job search. i am trying to decide whether to invest in a $ set of cds.
 

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Well, in my experience, the first two or three months were the toughest as far as juggling my time and sleep, etc. After that I sort of found a way to get more done, ds's nightime sleep got better so I didn't have to nap as much during the day and so on. Alot of it will depend on what type of babe you have...<br>
If you plan to babywear you could listen to headphones while walking around, I say go for it... you will make time<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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If you do decide to go for it I would recommend Rosetta Stone. We have levels 1 and 2 and its so easy to pick up and start and stop if need be. Not sure how realistic it would be with a baby though.
 

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Me, I'd do it. I get totally bored sitting and nursing all day, and I'm always searching for something to keep my mind occupied that doesn't need any hands. With one baby, yeah sure I'd do it. You might not get to it much the first few weeks, but as babe grows and settles in there was always plenty of downtime for us where you're just holding and nursing and carrying babe around the house.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Me, I'd do it. I get totally bored sitting and nursing all day, and I'm always searching for something to keep my mind occupied that doesn't need any hands. With one baby, yeah sure I'd do it. You might not get to it much the first few weeks, but as babe grows and settles in there was always plenty of downtime for us where you're just holding and nursing and carrying babe around the house.</div>
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I totally agree.
 

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I'd do it but not expect results as fast as you'd get otherwise. You never know what kind of babe yours will be hehe.<br><br>
I've read more since DD was born than I have in years. I try to make it worthwhile but there's always the occasional just for fun scifi/fantasy title. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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If you can do it while nursing (which I think you can), then go for it. I built a website for my school during those early weeks of marathon nursing sessions. I need something to do while nursing so I don't get bored or fall asleep.
 

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I think after you adjust to the new lifestyle you'll have plenty of time. I've read one million books while nursing a half-asleep baby in the past few months.
 

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You can totally do it while the baby is nursing/napping. It will give you something to do! I watched way too much TV and read a lot of books, myself.
 

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I'd go for it. Listening to, watching, or reading various media is something that fits easily into newborn care. You should have no problem listening to CD's and doing an online job search. Showering and doing the dishes is hard to get done because you can't do them quite as easily while nursing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I made it through a few of the Pimsleur Japanese CDs with my 1st newborn. It's easy to listen to and chatter back at while nursing during the day. Go for it!
 

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I thought the first three months were the easiest. Baby was happy just being held, nursed or worn. I say go for it!
 

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if you do it and you decide to use rosetta stone your local library might have a set up where you can use it for free, you just have to log into the web page through your libraries web page and then you get access. i am learning latin this way and it is free and i am always surprised at how much i can remember.
 
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