Saturday, May 31, 2008

Excuses, Excuses

I know it took us forever to announce the pregnancy on our blog, but I SWEAR we had a good reason. Byron has been so busy at work lately (as always) and I have been studying for my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) Licensure exam. I started getting ready for licensure almost three years ago, because you need two years worth of very specific hours of supervised work in different areas to qualify to take the test. I became eligible in February to take it and I've been studying literally for months. Originally I was going to take it a couple of months ago, but the pregnancy kind of derailed my studying for a bit--I HAD to read about pregnancy and what was happening with the baby!!

Anyway, I buckled back down a couple of months ago and studied like a fiend. I took the test on Friday morning and PASSED!! This was actually a crazy experience for me, because I usually am a great test taker and don't worry too much about passing tests. But for some reason, this was a very big challenge for me. Byron says I'm now going to be more empathetic if our kids have a hard time with school, so I guess there is a bright side. But, my passing was something very close to a miracle and I've never been so relieved! (Thanks to Tracy, who pep-talked me into not postponing!)

Here is proof that I passed:

That unattractive picture of me stared out at me from my computer screen for FOUR HOURS while I tried to concentrate on not failing (I guess so the proctors make sure the right applicants are at the right computers). I never want to see that picture again!! (And I certainly would have posed better if I'd known it was going to haunt me throughout the test!)

I've never ever felt so uncertain while taking a test before. It doesn't help knowing that you have to wait 6 months to retake the test if you fail, or that the test has a 50% pass rate! But, I survived.

Byron was great throughout the whole thing-including studying flashcards with me (even when he had NO IDEA what he was even asking me!!) And I think he really understood how incredibly possible it was that I might not pass. He booked me a pregnancy massage at Burke Williams (I know, perfect husband) for afterwards. But I have admit I was very afraid that I wouldn't enjoy a massage while crying about my failing score! It was much more enjoyable knowing that I'd passed!! Plus, they gave me a "milk bath" as well--which was AWESOME!! I don't usually love the spa because it hurts me to spend so much money, but it was the perfect thing. I loved the massage and after months of being on a "reading diet" because I needed to study, I could finally lay around and read at the spa all afternoon. And I did!

I actually have one more test to pass before I'm officially licensed (darn California for being the only state that requires two!) but this first one is the real hurdle. The next one is just a two hour little joyride, as far as I'm concerned!

Anyway, this blog was a lame explanation for why I didn't have time to blog about the baby before now--but we really are THRILLED!!! And I can't believe my baby is lucky enough to already have been to the spa--what a pampered little baby!!


Wallinskees said...

Congrats on passing the test and on the pregnancy! What a relief to have that over. Those exams are so stressful. Props to Byron for treating you to the spa. So I think he needs to hang out with Trent more often. Then maybe he could rub off on him:) Let us know as soon as you find out what it is.

Renee said...

You have the best husband EVER! Trips to the spa, help with studying, AND impregnating you?? What more could you ask for??

lj said...


Congrats on passing the test! I never doubted that you would do fine, because you are always convinced you are going to fail and then you succeed with flying colors.

Except maybe that one time in high school when you got *gasp* a B. You cried for days. I still a laugh about it..I might be laughing right now, in fact.

Kim & Byron & ?? said...

I seriously never got a B in high school, just to set things straight. MAYBE a B+. That could have sent me into hysterics.


yeah kimmy i'm so proud of you!!!!! but please i expect nothing less.... you probably got the top score in the 98th percentile ha:) way to go.... and boys rule!!! i'm soooooooo excited fro you!!!

Jennica said...

Yayay! Congrats on passing the test. I know that you were worried. But, seriously. Kim you are a smarty pants and we all know it, so don't be so modest! :) Love ya!

Jodie said...

Congrats Kim- on the test AND the baby! We can't wait to hear what you're having! (Girls are the best in our opinion) :o)

Brian Merrell said...

Yay for lil kimmy, or baby byron. I hope that I can be an honorory uncle.