To be perfectly honest, I think the LVN program was more stressful than what I've experienced in the RN program so far. I'm sure part of that is that I've already done a lot of the same things in LVN, and worked as a nurse in a nursing home for over a year, therefore it's not completely new to me. However, they were much more strict on us in clinicals in LVN and you are required to go during the summer which means you have class and clincals 4 days a week, not to mention the time for studying and clinical homework. That was probably my most stressful semester. That said, I didn't go through the first level of the RN program and it sounds very stressful. If it were me, i would apply for both and see who offers you a spot first... From what I understand the LVN program has a semester or two wait right now as well. Either way its going to be stressful and time consuming. Though, since you have a child, it may be better to just do the ADN route and get it over with in one shot. Good luck!