Sunday, August 22, 2010

Two Things (I Must Be Crazy)

What have we been up to?  Not much -- just back into our school-year routine.  Including Morgan catching what I call the "daycare cold."  It never fails -- within a week of returning to daycare after a break, she gets a snotty nose and cough.  The good thing about it is she'll have the immune system of a champion when she starts big school.  In the meantime, it gives her an opportunity to stay home, or in this case, go visit Granna (who was happy to keep her for me).  She also went to Gadsden to see Granny (Danny's grandmother) this weekend.  No pics of anything this past week (sorry) - I've got to do better!

So that means all I have are WORDS for you today -- I know you're excited!  No, really, I thought it'd be amusing to share a couple of things that have been on my mind lately.  I obviously lose my mind some days...

#1 - Having Another Baby
I think it's because everybody that had a baby around the time I had Morgan is either pregnant again or has already had another baby.  And because people are starting to ask.  It's made me wonder if I'm missing that "magic" age difference between my children?  You know, the 18-months or two-years-apart thing?  But then I am often reminded of why we're going to wait a little longer.  Like when I write that mortgage-sized check to Morgan's school every month.  Or when we're in the grocery store and Morgan whines and makes me wonder if I could handle TWO squirmy little ones in public.  I know none of my reasons are extreme since people do them all the time, but I am confident that both will be done better by this family if we wait a little longer. 

Or maybe we'll do like we did with Morgan -- she was very "spontaneously" planned.  Danny and I had been together for several years and married for almost two.  We had the jobs and the house, and sort of knew that Baby was next.  So one day (almost jokingly), without even having a huge discussion about it, we decided we'd start trying for a baby.  No thought whatsoever.  Three weeks later, we learned we were expecting. I say all that to say that we could've been a little more "prepared," to have a baby, but just decided to do it anyway.  And it all worked out.

#2 - Going Back to School
Okay, when this popped up in my head, I thought to myself, "Maybe I am ready for that next big life change."  But somtimes the thought of having a toddler, working full-time, and going to school seems absurd to me.  But more times than I can count, I've THOUGHT about it, which I guess means I'm really considering it.  I've even thought as far as where I'll go and what degree I'll pursue.  First choice: the next education degree.  I remember being asked by my dean at Auburn to join their PhD program.  At the time, I was about to become a mother and knew my life couldn't handle school at the time.  But I never forgot it.  But doesn't a PhD mean like a million hours of research and huge papers?  More importantly, doesn't it mean more YEARS of school.  I was sort of thinking about something I could knock out in two years or less -- going part-time.  Can we say EdS?

Then I thought about going ahead and finishing that MBA I started.  Even apply to the program at Alabama again.  A couple of things that were going against me when I first applied (and was rejected) no longer exist, for the most part.  The MBA class profile that year at Alabama looked a little bit like this:

Class Size: 60-ish students (I'm sure hundreds, if not thousands, applied for those spots.)
Average GMAT Score: 650-ish
Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
Average Age: 26
Work Experience: 2 years +

What did I look like back then?  Not like that!  Not even a recommendation letter from a promiment member of the UA family could help me!  I was fresh out of college - a mere 21 years old.  Too young already (though I'm sure there were a few super-smart 21-year olds in the program).  GPA wasn't a problem.  Here were my killers:  work experience.  Most MBA programs want students with ample work experience.  All I had were a couple of work-study positions and a so-so internship with the state.  Probably the biggest killer, though: my GMAT score.  It wasn't all that great. I didn't study.  At all.  I have never studied for standardized tests.  In high school, I lucked up and scored well enough on the ACT to get a scholarship to undergrad.  So to me that meant I could do the same for the GMAT.  I ignored all rumors that the GMAT is NOT a test you DON'T prepare for. And since I applied at the very end of the application cycle that year (it was another spontaneous decision of mine to even apply -- do I see a trend here?), I didn't have time to "fix" my score and apply again in enough time to start when I wanted to.

So, I say all this to say that maybe I have a chance now.  I'm not an inexperienced 21-year-old anymore (and most MBA programs want some people with education backgrounds in their program).  I know I can do well on the GMAT if I prepare.  But that's it.  Prepare.  Am I really gonna do that? 

So, as you can see, some days I feel like I could handle another big responsibility in my life -- school or another baby.  But most days -- like today (where I've been to the grocery store with a cranky toddler, cooked brunch, cleaned, fought a sleepy-but-doesn't-want-to-sleep toddler at naptime, and have yet to get things ready for the week), I realize that I'm right where I need to be in my life.

Have a great week, everybody! :)

4 comments:

  1. I think we all have those 2-3 things we're juggling in our minds! thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have missed reading your posts! I've been slacking on the whole blog thing. Glad to see everyone is well!

    I'm in the same boat as you regarding pregnancy. Everyone is "with child" that I know! But we're not ready yet. We want 2, just not yet. We're going to start "trying" probably November/December-ish.

    Anyway - glad to hear things are going well for you and your family! Morgan is so adorable!

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  3. Hey! Ok I almost thought you guys were having another baby (as in now!) You crack me up with all your thoughts but they are so true!! I feel like that about baby #2 sometimes to that I need to do it now because I also feel like everyone that had babies around Delaney is already having another one. Then I think about how much we will get to enjoy all her first with her being an only child and when the time is right for our family situation another baby will be perfect! (just not now!) Seriously, I have to watch getting sucked into the baby thing when I see all these sweet precious newborns!!

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  4. I read "Who Moved My Cheese" this weekend for my first EdS class. I say just go out in the "maze" and try something new! :) The "having another baby" option is more fun though than going back to school! :)

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