I am finally able to cross off the first goal on my list. This is a huge accomplishment. My dream was always to finish college but I never could see how I would manage to juggle Andrew, school, and work. My mom is the one who finally told me to go to school full time and I could live with her while I was going to school and she would take care of all the expenses. I was doing great and was so happy to see my dream of finishing school finally within my reach.
In March 2008, I hit a bump in the road. I found out I was pregnant with Aidan. As much as I love Aidan, happiness was not what I was feeling when I saw the two lines on my pregnancy test. I had dropped out of college when I found out I was pregnant with Andrew and I was determined that this time I would not repeat the mistakes I made as a single young mother. This time I was determined that for BOTH my children, I needed to stay focused on school. Once again, my mother came through for me and never complained about the fact that I added yet another mouth to feed to our household. For all her faults (and my friends know what I'm talking about), it would have taken me a lot longer to accomplish this dream if it weren't for her. I'm also thankful that I was blessed with such a good baby boy. I don't know how I would have survived nursing school if Aidan had been as wild as Andrew at his age (Mommy loves you, Andrew!). Thank you to Andrew for being such an understanding son.
I'm also thankful to all my friends who supported me throughout my journey. My best friends never doubted that I could do it and were always a great help by watching Aidan when I needed to study (Thank you, Jeannette and Elba!). I also want to thank my friend, Derek, for always believing in me. I also made some great friends on Babycenter.com. We shared the journey of our Nov 08 pregnancies and in the process became great friends. They were and still are a source of support and motivation. Finally, I'm grateful for the friends I have made in nursing school. Thank you Eva, Norma, Robin, and all my other nursing school friends for keeping me sane in the crazy world of nursing school. A big thank you to Norma and Robin for also being there when I needed help with Aidan!!
I had my graduation on December 16th, 2010. I'm proud to say that both my boys were there to see me walk across that stage.