Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

After a fun filled weekend of exams, going to the Rally to Restore Sanity and a packed train trip after, I'm completely and totally ready to get out of here! I took my brother and sisters trick or treating and I have to say it's nowhere near as awesome as it was when I was young. Almost no one was home , if they were home they were pretending they weren't. After about 30 houses only 10 or so gave out candy. When I was younger every house had candy, we could go out for hours and fill half a pillow case. The dream...to fill the entire thing was unfortunately never achieved, but it was sure fun to try. Now I can't even look forward to stealing my own kids' candy because apparently no one is giving any out anymore!

This week should be interesting and it will include a little bit of exam prep in an area I feel totally unprepared for, packing, handling last minute paperwork (like my visa) and I'm good to go. Liam had his big presentation/panel of questions and feels like he got railroaded. I wish I were there to make him feel better, but he can retake it in a few months if he does, in fact, fail. I don't think he did, but it's better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I will be doing this when it comes to my grades for this semester. We're looking forward to meeting our little one in only a few weeks and I'll be doing everything in my power to make this baby come before my actual due date. I'm talking spicy food, bumpy roads and every other old wives tale, other than castor oil, I can muster. Z, you hear that, we want to meet you soon. Just give us about a week more until you make your big debut! (pretending to have a little control makes us feel better! :P)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Dreams have arrived

I had my first pregnancy dream. I walked into my grandmother's kitchen and there were 3 tiny babies the size of newborn puppies wrapped in a towel on top of the toaster oven (it wasn't on!). I picked up on of the babies and fed him from a bottle. Yeah, it was a boy. I have no idea what any of this means, but it certainly had me smiling when I woke up. It was a very cute dream baby! It also has me motivated for some serious final exam studying. The hardest part about studying for my two finals is that both profs are doing something different this year. This means that all previous exams are pretty much worthless. I'll try to do my best and glean as much information as I can from the exams and make a comprehensive study guide. 1 credit class exams shouldn't be making me crazy and I'm not going to let them!

Liam's big presentation/grill session is coming up on Friday and his studying has been motivating me. I think he's a bit nervous, but he's going to knock this out of the park. It's for a big fancy certification that will look quite nice after his name on his business cards. We're both going to rock it and then have a nice relaxing day next week before it's time to get back to work!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Classes

I know I haven't talked about them much this semester, so here's a quick rundown of the classes left this semester:

Corporations is taught by a great professor. He breaks everything down and makes sure people are getting everything. This is particularly helpful fro me because the amount of reading I'm able to get through it pretty dismal. I always thought of corps as huge multinational conglomerates, but learning all of the rules and regulation and then how they do it in DE makes it all seem a lot more accessible. I haven't looked at any past exams and I haven't started outlining yet. All of that fun will begin next week.

Taxation is still incredibly frightening, especially since I can't find my giant tax code book. I know I bought one and I don't want to have to buy another...it might come to that. The professor is incredibly organized. Outlines, reading, everything is meticulously done and this will also be so helpful because I won't be working from scratch when it comes to outlining and the hard study time. I'm less scared than I was, particularly because 1/3 of the class seems to not show up to every class.

I've finished 4 of my other classes. All in all I'm so happy with my class choices this semester, not only because all of the profs have been great, but the pressure is off for the last few weeks of pregnancy. My biggest non-pregnancy related, well as non as it can be is that I'll do all of my studying and outlining and then go to take my exams in January and have to relearn it all again. It will be about 2 months between the end of my studying and outlining and taking the exams. That's a really long time and I'll be sleep deprived. Any suggestions?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Big Freaking Bags

My bags are too big. My two checked bags are way too big. I can take 50 lbs in each bag. I'm transporting an infant car seat, pump, tons of baby clothes, packs of diapers and wipes, baby clothes and clothes that are actually for me. I have tried to weigh them and haven't really been successful. I'm a bit afraid. I'm thinking of bringing an extra duffel bag or something like that to the airport and paying for excess baggage if needed. As my travel time gets closer and closer, of course there are little things popping up. Apparently my license expires in Dec. I haven't had to look at it for the past 8 months because I haven't been drinking. Other than bars or restaurants, I never even use my license. I've been back to visit my family every weekend for the past 8 weekends, including full days on Fridays. Yesterday I get the mail which tells me I need to get it renewed. I'm not here during the week again. I have been here for 2 freaking months and NOW i get the renewal message. It will have to expire and I'll have to renew it in January. Seriously? It couldn't have come 1 day earlier?

2 exams, 1 paper, and a little over a week left. I'm freaking out, in a good way. Once I get home, so much of the preparation that I have been working on will be done. I can start putting things away. We can begin washing everything, picking up last minute items, having relaxing pre-baby time, living in a place for more than 3 days at a time, things like that. So exciting!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Adult Diapers? Really?

I have just been advised twice in 2 days that I should buy adult diapers for after delivery. Seriously?! Seriously?! This is not instilling me with a lot of wonderful glowing pictures of new motherhood! Ugh, one more thing to add to my shopping list. And I thought buying tampons was embarrassing...

So, this is what I have learned about the first few weeks of being a mother from what everyone has told me. I will be in a lot of who-ha pain. I will be completely and totally sleep deprived. My boobs are going to hurt and if the latch isn't right, cracked and sore nips. It seems that I should be looking forward to constant leaking and crying. I know everyone is just trying to prepare me, but come on! Perhaps it's just a way of keeping my expectations in perspective. If everyone tells me how horrible it will be and then it's not so horrible, maybe I'll feel like I've lucked out and things are going great.

Maybe I'm just getting the jitters because it's all very quickly approaching. Items to buy: Baby Bjorn, infant seat cover, button down top pjs, slippers, labor ball, and miscellaneous baking stuff. The clock is seriously counting down! I just want to get home, be with my husband, stop living out of a suitcase, having a good 5 hours a day to devote to studying for my classes, begin outlining, wash all of the baby clothes and relax.

Everyone keeps commenting on how well I'm handling everything that's just because I don't have a private place to freak out. I feel bad about complaining at all for some reason I'm the poster child for being able to get through law school while pregnant and living like a nomad. I'm not huge, my extremities are their normal size, I can workout, I'm still going to classes and trying to push through my papers, but boy am I tired. I think the end being so close is getting to me. It ain't as easy as it seems folks!

Monday, October 18, 2010

WTF is the number for then?!

Is the after hours number at the OBGYN just to give you a place to call if you have an issue just to get it out or are they actually supposed to call you back?! Thankfully it seems that the problem has resolved itself, but I mean come on...3 hours later and still nothing. I'll give them a ring in the morning. I guess you have to be in hysterics for them to call you back. Rant over!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

So they got me...kind of

My family baby shower happened yesterday, pulled off at my favorite back at my mom's-need a fix-restaurant-Red Lobster. Those biscuits have crack in them. It's the only way I can explain it. My mom surreptitiously got my best friend from high school's phone number by enlisting my little sister to ask to give her a call. There wasn't anything odd about this because my 7 year old sister will routinely ask Tine, why she only visits when I'm home. So I handed off the phone to her without a second thought. Turns out she handed the phone to my mom, who then left a message and her phone number for Tine to call back. Then they worked out all the plans. Not too bad in the sneaky planning there!

My friend, Tine, picked me up for a little baby shopping before lunch. We were supposed to be going to Red Lobster anyway, so that didn't throw me off. But the waiter did nearly ruin everything by not noticing that I was preggers and almost seating us at a regular table. Tine had to give him a whisper and we were headed back to the back area, where my entire family (well not entire, only about 15) were there for the surprise. It was great fun watching my great aunt and grandmother argue over how all of the baby shower games should be corrected and how the prizes should be divied up. My friends were texting me under the table to see if there was going to be a senior citizen throw down.

Having this little get together made me of so happy that I had a destination wedding and planned it myself! I can only imagine the added stress they would have heaped onto the process. After the hellos, there were phone calls to relatives who are always about 2 hours late to everything (they made it 20 min before we left), the ordering of the food, the baby games (one was a word unscramble, my name was a clue and my mom forgot a letter!), then time for gifts. I'm not really a big fan of opening the gifts in front of everyone. For my friend shower there were only about 6 people, so it wasn't that big of a deal, but you don't go against the family unless you want to sleep with the fishes! So I opened presents, the oooohs and aaahhhhs followed. The best present was this one:

I say this because no more than 1 hour earlier Tine and I were in the store and they had this playing in the baby section. I shuddered and told her how it was freaking the crap out of me and be both laughed. But who knows, maybe I'll get used to it, if it works on the baby. Whatever it takes to get them to sleep!

After I wiped the tears from my eyes over the CD, I got to wear my fabulous hat of decorative mess and then there was cake. Yummy delicious cake. Then it was time to go, pack up the car and start writing thank you cards. Only 7 more to go! I refuse to have those things hanging over my head. All in all a great weekend for family and baby, not so great for actual school work. Well that will just have to be addressed tomorrow!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Supplies

The supplies have started rolling in. Newborn(84-count) and size 1(164-count) diapers. Check. I'm hoping Z will be able to fit into the newborns. Although I have been told we're having a big baby, well only when overseas, I was only 7lbs when I was born and Liam was 6, so here's hoping for history to repeating itself. The stroller/infant seat combo has also arrived. Check. Now I just have to get that seat into my luggage. Should be interesting. In addition to those, the pump, wipes, and our yearly special addition ornament have all arrived. I'm so excited for all of this and still a bit worried that the family hasn't done their baby shower for me yet. My mother insists that these things must be a surprise. The only thing is I have a limited amount of time here and an even more limited amount of suitcase space. She has broached the idea of doing it when I come back next year, but I'm not sure if that was just to throw me off. We shall see, there are only 2 more opportunities to get it in before I head home.

Next up on my shopping list: baking supplies, pumping bags, and maybe some Christmas presents.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Head Down

Me and the baby. I had my doctor's appointment today. Pretty much your standard heartbeat, blood pressure, pee in a cup kind of visit. She said that the baby is head down. Very exciting, especially because now I know when I'm being kicked vs. punched. This kid is also so far up my torso it's crazy. My baby must be having a really great time kicking my sternum. It also explains my crazy heartburn because I can only imagine where my stomach is at this point. I'll start on the Pepcid as soon as I can get some. Also, no food or drinking 2 hours before sleep and using extra pillows to prop me up.

As for me being head down, I'm chugging along. I've hit my second wind when it comes to getting sh*t done! Less than 3 weeks left, 1 doctor's appointment left, 2 exams and 1 paper. This is completely doable and I'm looking forward to accomplishing it. Yay for iron supplements keeping me from napping 3 hours a day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

One Paper Down

One to go. I haven't completely finished it. There is proofreading to do and tidying up, but I have written it. Tomorrow I start on my second paper and really studying for my end of the month classes. This semester has certainly been a lot better than fall of 1L. I'm feeling a bit more like I know what the hell I'm doing. With the exception of tax, all of my classes are interesting or at least give a bit more than black letter law and giant lecture halls. I feel a giant weight has been lifted by knocking this paper out and it only shows me that the next one need not be a complete and total disaster. After this semester I only have one more required class to take and then the rest is sopping up credits. This is a particular achievement given the sickly weekend I'm coming off of. But I can breathe through my nose for the most part again! You don't realise how important that is until you can't do it anymore. After 2 boxes of tissues in 2 days, I'm back on track beating this thing down.

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and I'm looking forward to finding out if Z is head down. I don't know if it's too early to tell or nor yet. Other than paper writing, I spent some time buying baby staples. I got 1 box of newborn diapers and one box of size 1-2. This along with a giant bag of wipes. Liam found a pack and play and has assembled it in our bedroom. He also bought a surprise little vibrating baby chair. He was going to wait until I got home, but he decided to show it to me because I was feeling so down and sickly. It was a nice surprise. Other than that, he's been looking for a good feeding chair. We have a rocking chair, but it kind of sucks. There are a couple of great recliners we have found at the store, but they are a little pricey. They have great big wide arms at the perfect height for resting our arms and are super comfortable. Here's hoping for a great sale before Z comes! I'm taking the night off of school work as a reward for getting my paper finished.

P.S. Tums are doing jack for my freaking heartburn! Nothing brings it on that I can pinpoint and I'm sick and tired of always feeling like I'm going to be puking in my mouth. Sorry for the overshare, but it's just not cool.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I should have taken the class pass fail

I'm taking Tax I. Don't ask me why. Well I know why, it was a 4 credit class that fit into my schedule. We have the option of taking a certain amount of credits pass/fail after the first year. I have 2 credits next semester for a class and I'll need to take 2 in my 3rd year. I might be taking an extra pass/fail class next semester and those credits combined with a 4 credits class this semester would have put me over the limit. So long story short, I couldn't take Tax pass/fail. Big mistake apparently because I don't know of a single person in the class who isn't taking it pass/fail. It's really time to knuckle down when it comes to this class although I do have a lot of time between the end of class and my exam I don't think I'll be getting any better at it over that extra time. On another note, I'm actually making progress on my papers! Not as quickly as I would have wanted, but I factored in a bit of slacker time, so I'm still actually on track. There isn't much of that slacker time built in!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nothing much...except baby clothes!

There isn't much to report. For some reason I have been rolling onto my back during the night. It freaks me out although the doctor says it's fine. Heartburn is kicking my butt. I do enjoy getting toward the end of my iphone app tracking the pregnancy. Not that many weeks to get through. Now it's all about buying stuff for the baby. We're registered on Amazon and at Target. The selection and prices back home can be crazy, so I'm trying to stock up on some things now. Any suggestions? I'm thinking I'll buy a boatload of diapers, but what size do I buy? I don't want to have ones that are too big or have a ton left over that are too small. In addition we're trying to figure out how to get a stroller/infant seat combo and a pack and play over there. There is a great stroller on sale for about $150. Liam has checked at stores over there and comparable ones without a base for the car are about $400. When it comes to a pack and play, here $120, there $300. It's really crazy how much it can cost!

Outside of the gear, I've been slowly building up a clothes supply. We have a lot of onesies, socks and that kind of stuff already. My friends got me some really cool stuff for my shower/bday extravaganza. But this weekend I made a real discovery...I hate to admit it and was really shocked that I found good items, but I went to Walmart. My mom shops, she's like a professional shopper. She was stopping off there and usually I just stay in the car or try to hurry her along, but this time I was drawn to the baby stuff just because it's adorable. I tend to not like the crazy huge conglomerate driving other businesses out of town kind of thing. But $1 Carter brand clothes...sorry mom and pop shop. I bought about 25 items for $32. I got them in newborn, 0-3 months and 3-6 month sizes. Baby clothes are crazy expensive and any ways to save will most definitely be embraced. So it looks like I'll be trolling the Walmart clearance racks for clothes until I leave.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Approved!

My paper topic has been approved. It was actually enthusiastically approved. Now I just need to fulfill the expectations I have set for myself. At this point, I would say I have about 150 sources to look through. The upside is the topic is interesting. The downside is, I have 150 sources to look through. I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for, but I can't say I don't have enough material to make it work. I've pretty much resigned myself to not working on my other classes until later in October because it's just a bit much now.

While I don't relish the idea of studying while close to delivering, it's better than running myself ragged. Well not really running, since I can't do much of that. I'm not very good at running, jogging, or walking. It's not like I can really complain much about this pregnancy. Knock on wood. Compared to a lot of people I know things have been pretty smooth. Other than fatigue, hip issues and heartburn it's been pretty good. I'm more excited to see the baby than ready to get this baby out, but I still have some weeks to go. We'll see if my tune changes. The month before the baby arrives is going to be pretty hectic. We have Liam's father visiting us for a week, a good friend of mine coming for another week and then my mom and grandmom visiting for 2 weeks (hopefully coinciding with the arrival). Between finishing up my papers, silk painting, baking, freezing meals, and decorating for the holidays it's going to be a pretty hectic last month! And I'm so looking forward to it!!