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Most Normal Girl

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Our last "hurrah" as a couple, without a kid, is quickly approaching.  We are taking a mini-vacation before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby.  Our doctor said that we couldn't travel far (I guess being 31-weeks pregnant means that ANYTHING can happen at this point!) so we will be staying relatively close to home.  I'm soooo excited to have a few days with my husband to unwind, relax, enjoy romance, and enjoy some well-deserved pampering.

We plan to take a few pics of our vacation and I'll be sure to post them.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

To Anonymous

I've been asked to write a bit more about how and why I got into college admissions, ten years ago.

Frankly, I think most admission counselors have a similar story - none of us ever grew up wanting to do that type of work.  Instead, its something you sort of fall into.  For me, I had a great college experience.  I was really involved in a lot of activities and had a lot of pride for my school.  Even though I was a television production major (and loved every minute of it!), I knew that it wasn't a profession I would pursue after graduation.  I had an amazing internship at NBC and loved working in "the biz" but there was a lot of instability that came with that career.  -Instability is not for me.  So, I started looking toward those things that I enjoyed.  Again, being involved in so many college activities, I figured WHY LEAVE?  I knew a lot of the administration and would talk with them about their jobs and how they got into it.  I thought that I would try to pursue a career in student activities on a college campus but didn't really know where to begin.

The summer after graduation, I was still working for my alma mater as a summer orientation leader.  Lucky for me, my boss had a husband who happened to work for a school that was looking for someone to work in their admission office.  He told me about the job, invited me to visit the school and the next thing I knew, I was sitting in an interview with the Dean of Admission & Financial Aid.  Sitting there, I knew it was the right thing and I knew it would be in my blood for a long time to come.  I worked at that job for five years and I still think it's the best job I've ever had.  I learned a great deal about myself, about the educational field as a whole, about people, about communication, about empathy, and about building a thick skin.  I credit a lot of my success and my professional growth to my boss.  She was a tremendous mentor to me and taught me the skills that are necessary to be a good counselor and leader.  She was also a great advocate of mine and gave me opportunities to stretch and grow.  I still consider her a great friend and hope that I have a chance to work with her again someday.

By the way, as an early twenty-something year-old, working in college admissions is a great career.  It offers an opportunity to meet some amazing people, travel the country (or internationally!), refine communication skills, and enjoy job benefits (health insurance, retirement plan, etc.).  At that time in my life, I was ready to explore the world and be a bit selfish with my life.  I figured I should get all of that out of my system before "settling down" and taking on those adult responsibilities.  I'm really glad that I did - I have no regrets now and think I had a FABULOUS time along the way.  I appreciate that my husband had the same philosophy... we look at each other and know that we can grow together as a couple while still keeping part of our individuality.

As far as advice goes on interviewing, writing a cover letter and/or resume, and building a portfolio, there is MUCH to discuss... too much to put in a post.  I think that's part of the counseling aspect that should be personalized - there is no standard interview, letter or document that is a "one size fits all".  Each school, just like each job, is different.  I think we need to be thoughtful about what our talents are and how we can look to grow while also contributing to an organization.  I could go on and on about this...

I hope to work again, sometime soon, in the realm of college counseling.  I'm looking to work at the secondary school level where I hope I can help high-school aged students in their educational journey.  It's what inspires me the most and gives me a sense of job-related satisfaction at the end of the day.

For now, Anonymous, I hope this is enough to help you begin to find yourself.  The journey of self-discovery is a life-long process... the first step is to find something that makes you happy.  Life often takes twists and turns that are unpredictable; it's about enjoying the ride and not getting too entrenched in the destination.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dear Baby

Dear Baby,

Last weekend, your daddy and I bought a "My Baby Book" for you which allows us to document a lot of this pregnancy and the first few years of your life.  We were excited to start working on it - daddy even wrote you a letter that was so sweet and special!  I did, too.  But, tonight, I want to write you a note to tell you what's been going on between the two of us: mommy and baby.

The last few weeks you have been very active.  You like to lie on my right side but I think the last few days have been a growth-spurt because I'm starting to feel more movement on BOTH sides at the same time.  My belly is getting bigger which means that you are getting bigger.  Your 4D ultrasound revealed that you are a little bigger than average at this stage - I think that's a healthy sign.

Our next doctor's appointment is on Monday.  (Daddy has been a real supporter in all of this - going to each and every appointment with me.)  I love to catch up with Vicky the nurse and to hear the doctor say that "everything looks good." 

I "wear" you with pride.  You look good on me, kid, and I can't help but think how beautiful this pregnancy is.  I will often spend time looking at us in the mirror and I marvel at how special and lovely this time is for me and your daddy.  We love you, so much, and are excited to be your parents.  We love to talk to you and sing to you.  When you're having an especially active evening, your daddy will put his hand on my tummy and tell you to quiet down so mommy can get some sleep.  Sometimes it works... sometimes not.

Daddy and I are working on getting your room ready.  We have some furniture moved in and I'm on the hunt for sheets and decor items.  We will put together the crib this weekend (did I tell you that this is the same crib I had when I was a baby?).  We are so thankful to grandma and grandpa for keeping such good care of the furniture over the years that now you can enjoy it, too!  I hope you find your room comfortable and a place you feel safe.

We finished our Lamaze classes last night and are now officially certified.  -Which is funny, because certified or not, this is happening!  We have packed our "goody bag" for the hospital and just need to pack some overnight clothes before we are birth-ready.  I'll be honest, the whole birth part has me a little anxious but I'm trying to keep a positive attitude and I pray that everything will go well.  You have a hard job, too, I know.  But when all is said and done, the three of us will be together and it will be a love-fest!

So, my little one, all is well.  I love feeling you grow inside me - even now, you're rolling around like a champ!  You're a wonderful baby and your dad and I are so proud to be welcoming you into this world.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Hello Baby!

The most beautiful smile that I've ever seen!

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