I got pregnant with my second child while undergoing my certificate course in coffee technology at Dedan Kimathi University. My relatives and friends had suggested that I terminate my studies to take care of my forthcoming baby.
Deep inside me, I had the will with a very positive attitude that I would make it. "How will you all handle this?" they asked with care.
BACK IN CLASS
After a lengthy talk with my husband, he was willing to fully support me: financially and morally.
Back in Kimathi, I worked extra harder in class since I had not only to study, but to take care of my two-year old baby. My due date was early May. But wait a minute; my baby was born in mid-April! Nevertheless, determined as I was, I would never miss any activity outside class, let alone class work.
VISIT TO THE COFFEE EXCHANGE
I woke up on a normal day, but with slight discomfort. I prepared myself and joined my colleagues for the educational day ahead.
The journey was swift to Nairobi, learning was enjoyable. The discomforts intensified by the time we were driving back to Nyeri.
I was taken to the hospital that same evening and after two hours, baby Njeri was born.
And only three weeks later, I was back in class completely multitasking! I had to look for a small house around the university vicinity: I was living in an area with only students around with me, my kids and the nanny. I looked awkward, but I didn’t mind. I had promise myself that I will exclusively breastfeed my baby for six months. Surprisingly, I managed to do that and continue my studies.
I performed quite well and my family cheerfully celebrated for me during my graduation.
The wise saying goes: they who travel faster are those who go alone, but those who go farther are those who travel together.
This journey could have been tiresome and heartbreaking, but without the support of my family, I couldn't have gone this far. Life has been exciting, full of activities and growth. Being a wife, a mother and a manager hasn't been easy, but I count myself among the heroes. And remember: all the so-called ‘secrets of success’ will not work unless you do!