Well, been studying since January for the ICND1, and then I had my little man. I knew he was coming, but he came earlier than expected. But, I was able to adjust. I passed my ICND1 withe an 890 (needed 832) in Feburary. The same day, I started cracking down on ICND2. With all the different protocols (EIGRP, BGP, PPP, HDLC, HSRP, etc) it was tough to kinda wrap my head around it. But once I got it, it came natural. Today I passed my ICND2 with a 892 (needed 811). I will say that the second exam was a bit tougher because I was asked questions that was not in my study material.
Speaking of study material, I used CBT Nuggets (thanks Jeremy) and Chris Bryant from uDemy. I also used TestOut. They had a sale that you could try out their services 30 days for only $5. And I also used Boson as well. Boson is a pretty penny, but it gives you that testing environment feel. I also used Packet Tracer and GNS3 to try out practice labs I could find on many forums.
Even though I passed my Network+ last year, it was only a cherry on top, where the CCNA was the layer 3 cake (see what I did there?). I read stories of people taking the composite exam 3 or 4 times. That really turned me off. Not to mention, if I get 54 questions picking from 20 different topics, it may be hard to recall all the information I need. I figured since it's only $5 more to take the exams separately, it couldn't be bad. Not to mention, I could at least get my CCENT and get my foot in the door. My next step is CCNP, and then CCNA Security to go with my Security+. Who knows, I may take a stab at the CCIE.
This is a good day for me, because in 10 days, I will also graduate with a Bachelor's in Computer Science.