Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crunch time

Apparently everyone wants to come and spend time with me and Z now that the less than 3 week countdown has begun.  The issue I have with that is that things are super crazy for the next 3 weeks as far as school goes.  I only got about 500 words done today and I was shooting for 1500.  My dad was here for 4 hours and Z only took a 45 min nap during the day.  I swear they are all conspiring against me.  The paper isn't really that difficult to write, bullying is a pretty hot topic, it's just getting all of my source info together is taking quite a bit of time.  Not to mention the fact that I'm supposed to be serving as an alumni interviewer for my undergrad.  Sorry ladies, you're going to have to wait until after Monday.

Boo is kicking up a storm, so much so that you can actually see it from the outside now.  I almost forgot how reassuring it is, it also helps me when I'm about to go crazy insane because of my heartburn.  While I am so happy we're adding another little one to our gang, I'm also glad that we're going to hold off for a couple more years before we add anymore.  Nearly 2.5 solid years of pregnancy or breastfeeding is enough to make me a little crazy.  And after we're all done, there will be redundancies put in place to make sure no surprises happen down the line.

And I really want a MARGARITA!!!!! I have been craving one pretty much since I took the pregnancy test.  I only had one while I was between pregnancies and that was because I had to spend one night in the city by myself.  I have no qualms with a glass of cider or wine with a meal once I'm out of the first trimester, but hard liquor is a line I won't cross and I really really really want to cross it.  At this point I might ask them to wheel in the margarita maker into my room after delivery.  The deliriousness is setting in...only 2800 more words to go...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sleep Hazard

Mine is falling asleep in my clothes when I lay down to put Z to sleep.  I woke up at 3am and realized I was wearing the clothes I had on all day.  While I would normally change out of the clothes and into my PJs when calling asleep fully clothed at this point, I'm thinking I'll just keep them on, take Z to school and change after the school run.  How lazy is that!?

Classes are going well.  My only weekly class, Transitional Justice, actually goes by fairly quickly because everyone just ends up talking and I can bring up the academic value of Hunger Games whenever possible.  I really think it would be a great case simulation for how to transition from a dictatorship to a democracy and how the new government would need to create a retributive/reconciliatory path to rebuilding.  I think it would be a great paper topic! 

I have my last HUGE paper due Monday.  It isn't finished, but it will be.  After that I only have four 12-15 pagers left between me and the end of the semester and they are all nicely spaced out from mid-Feb - April.  I'm looking forward to Tuesday.  Other than the long drives to school for my weekend classes the travel there and back haven't been so bad.  I can get all of my reading done for class on the train, chat with Liam on skype and chill knowing Z is having a super super fun time at school.

One of the things Z loves to eat most is corn on the cob.  Everyone at her school loves to watch her eat it because for some reason no one else gives their 14 month olds corn on the cob.  I don't even know how you would feed a kid that young corn not on the cob because they don't really have enough teeth to properly chew it!  She loves corn on the cob and everyone at school smiles at how much of a little person she is as she turns it over to find some new pristine corn.  She is getting more into the loving school flow and it generally takes me 15 to 20 min to get her out of there because she wants to show me everything she has done, have me read a book or color with her for a bit.  She's going to go back to her old school once we're back with Liam.  He visited the school, got the program schedule, found out about the curriculum and we both think she'll really like it there.  Our one sticking point is that they don't have a designated nap time.  They have story time/quiet time, but I don't think Z will go to sleep if there are other kids in the same room doing other things.  They do naps according to whatever the parents say and whenever they say, but her current school has a more set schedule.  Right now she's at a 2 hour nap at school, if she doesn't nap at all throughout the day she is cranky!  We might be able to compromise and have her go into the infant room for a nap in their cribs or have them find a quiet space for her nap mat away from everyone else.

It's a little over 3 weeks until we're home!!!!  We're trying to get a family portrait done with my side of the family before we leave.  It's going to be a miracle if we get it done.  With over 20 people for this thing and including all of my grandmom's grandchildren and all of the aunts and uncles, it's going to take a lot to get everyone in one place at one time for this pic.  I hope we get it done before we go though, my grandmom will be really happy!

On Pregnancy: My days of not remembering I'm pregnant are over because the hips are starting to go.  They just need to keep it together for the next 3 weeks to make travel easier, but it's starting to become a huge pain and rolling over normally is becoming a chore.  Only 14 weeks to go until Boo arrives!    

Thursday, January 19, 2012

6 Train Hours = 2 Class Hours

School

I really wish I could get credit for all of the time I'm on the train.  Total travel time for my 2 hour class is 6 hours.  At least it's on the nice train and there is wifi, otherwise it would be pretty dire.  The benefit is that I can take Z to school and pick her up without any major changes to our schedule.  She gets dropped off an hour early and picked up about 45 minutes later than non-school days for me.  From how long it took her to sit down and start eating yogurt at the table with her other little school friend, I don't think she was all that concerned about being there a little bit early.  As far as the late pick up, it'll be before 5 or at 5, so there will definitely be a lot of other kids there because their parents have real jobs.

Class was interesting...I think half of the people are going to drop it.  The class is fine, but helmed by a first timer and the session was a bit all over the place.  I think that a lot of people still have choices they can make as far as which classes to take, so they're going to try and find something different.  It's an international law course and I've taken a bunch before and have some past experience, so I think it will be pretty easy to keep up with the discussions without doing all of the reading, which is voluminous!  After this weekend I'll be almost halfway finished the semester and sooooo happy about it.

Moving

2 suitcases packed, 2 to go and not a pending Amazon order in sight.  We're trying to contemplate just how much familiar stuff we can bring with us for Z.  There is this plastic Fisher Price booster seat from, maybe when I was a baby, that I'm thinking about bringing.  She loves that seat, sits on it to color and write on any paper she can get her hands on, she stands on it while doing balancing exercises apparently and will just plop down and move it around where ever she likes.  I'm hoping we can find an approximation for home, if not I might just bring it.  As it is, we're going to have a suitcase probably at least half filled with her favorite toys.  All of her blankets (3) can come, so that will help.  I know I'm the one making a big fuss about her adjusting and she'll be just fine, but I feel like the change is going to be fairly drastic and minimizing the shock is making me feel less guilty about leaving the whole family behind.  I'll certainly never take for granted the benefit of having a large family living so close again.  Knowing that Z can just go wander around the house and there will always be someone to keep an eye on her has really helped her with her independence and freedom of movement.

We've just had gates put up on our stairs at home and to the pantry.  We're also thinking about putting carpeting down on the steps.  We have concrete steps covered in tile.  Talk about no give!  Plus they aren't standard US/Western spacing, so they take a little getting used to.  As for the pantry, that's where all of the cleaning supplies and booze is kept.  No one wants a great cider flood.  In addition to these little changes, we're realized just how non-toddler friendly our life was.  We don't own any non-glass/ceramic plates/cups/bowls other than mixing bowls.  So now I've headed to Target to pick up a few cute ones and a few for Z.  We also have electronic wires running all over the place.  Liam had the tv mounted to the wall a while ago.  It's not going anywhere, drilled into the concrete, bracket in place, good to go.  Now wireless speakers and other things like that are looking even better.  We'll see if the budget allows for it.    

Pregnancy

Still forget I'm pregnant at times, except for when I get a big kick/heartburn.  I'm sure I'll become much more aware once all of the craziness had died down.  I have to schedule a glucose test at some point, I've completely forgotten when my next appointment is and need to look that up.  I'm definitely bigger this time around, but that's to be expected.  When I get home I'll actually be able to start working out again, yay heated pool, gym in the compound, plus kettle bell training.  Only 15 weeks until the peanut arrives!  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Buying more baby stuff

I've been checking the classifieds like a mad woman, literally at least 20 times a day looking for the best deal on a new double stroller, crib, etc for the house.  We missed a great double stroller about a month ago and since then "NEVER AGAIN" has been my battle cry.  Since so many people are always moving in and out it makes it a great time to find good deals.  Liam is heading across town to look at a crib/mattress/linens for $130.  A great deal if it's a nice crib, we shall see.

My paper is coming along swimmingly.  I have hit my word minimum and still have a few more things to add in, so I've taken the time out for a quick blog post.  This will give me about 2 hours to finish all of that up, leave it for lunch, read it and proof it again and then turn it in.  BAM!  I'll be talking to one of the professors of a potential class to explain my crazy situation and hope he's cool with me missing a little class.  I sure hope so or else I'll be taking a short summer class and graduating in October/December, I don't even know how the school does it off track.

Z is at school and enjoying herself I'm sure.  When I dropped her off they were listening to MLKs "I Have a Dream" speech.  Man, I am really really going to miss this school.  It really is amazing all of the things that they do with the kids.  I mean it costs enough, so I guess they should be doing this much, but it still amazes me.  I've kept all of her crazy detailed daily profiles, so that I can get ideas of what to do when we're home together.  And also buy all of the books that they read in class.  Book fair starts next week! I always freaking loved the book fairs at my school.  It was like kid crack for me and I could never get as many books as I wanted.  To this day, somewhere in my mom's garage I would say I probably have over 200 books from my middle school to teen years.  E-readers have been such a saving grace for me, so now I don't have to try and decide between which of my 4 favorite re-reads I'm going to bring with me where ever I'm going.  Blog break over, back to the paper! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hell Week is Over

My crammed week of 45 hours of class is over.  It was not all that fun, but not too terrible.  The classes have now gotten me 1/3 of the way through the semester and I'm so happy.  I'll have three 12 page papers to complete over the next 2 months, one of which is a group project, so that's totally do-able.  My classes were an interesting mix of law for one packed week (securities fraud, can law firms keep up their current pro bono models and the international petroleum industry).  They were all interesting in their own way and I actually learned a bit.  I'll look forward to learning more about the petro-chemical stuff in the working world, since I don't have much time for it while in school.

The countdown to the big move is almost in the 20s and my Amazon buying is hitting a frantic pace.  So much to buy, so little space in the suitcases.  Actually I've only filled one completely, so that's 3 more HUGE suitcases to go, plus 4 carry ons.  I think that's why I'm getting a bit more willy nilly with my purchases.  I would estimate that our clothes and the toys we have already will fill up one of those.  Packing purchases as they arrive is definitely the way to go.

The other school development is that they have decided to cancel one of my classes.  My class that only left for 6 sessions in Feb and all before I left.  The class that was the complete and total reason we were able to fly out when we were.  So now the scramble is on for another class to fill the slot where the prof won't mind me missing one or two classes after we've flown out.  I met with a dean to discuss this matter and their advice was "can't you just change your flight and stay for an extra month"...not really possible.  I mean sure, I guess it would be, if we changed our flights out, forfeiting the miles we used and paying about $1700 for a one way ticket for each of us, plus living expenses/childcare for another month away from home and of course adding on another month to not seeing Liam.  Totally do-able if you just look at it that way.  

Sunday, January 8, 2012

5 More Sundays

There are only 5 more Sundays between us and being home!  It's going to be an intense 5 Sundays with 6 papers between now and then.  The excitement and anticipation is making me a little loopy.  Z, my grandmom and I are all heading into the city for a fun filled week of classes.  It should be interesting because my grandmom is not much of an explorer and I know Z is going to want to make a break for it any chance she gets.  The good news is that I'll be able to give her a break every 3 hours and hopefully complete the bedtime routine of bath and bottle before I head back into class every night.  My three classes are all internationally focused, but I'm still vague on some of the details for most because I haven't gotten any reading materials yet.

Liam is back at work and pulling a long day.  Since we left in August his work scheduled has changed and by changed I mean they are making him stay an extra 1.5 hours everyday.  So instead of getting home at 3pm, with traffic he'll probably be getting home at 4:30 or 5.  It really really blows considering he has to be at work at 6:30am.  This may seriously throw a kink into our whole Liam getting home, heading off to the park for a big family walk, coming home, feeding Z, bathtime, Z's bedtime and then our dinner and tv time.  I just hope that once we're home things will settle down and we'll be able to be together more than I'm imagining.  I guess I should just be happy about being in the same house at all.

Tomorrow the grind begins again and I'm actually looking forward to it.  No 3L burnout for me!  I'm going to blaze through these 6 weeks, enjoy the time with my family and prepare for all of the things I'll miss about the US.  YAY!!! The end is near!!!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Woohoo Doctor's Office

I had an appointment this morning and spoke to the billing folks and it seems that the whole billing fiasco isn't going to land squarely on our lap.  Yay for not having to pay $2000 for a screw up completely not of my own making!  The billing woman said that the company was just going to write the whole thing off, which would be amazing.  Fingers crossed.  In the meantime I'm freaking out about all of the things I want to buy on Amazon.  Preparing for the permanent move has made my Amazon cart a crazy huge list of little bits that are slowing reaching astronomical proportions.  I'm going to have to make some serious choices, but I feel like a lot of it is essential.  I have tons of things in there for after delivery (ie sitz bath, peri bottles, witch hazel, etc) and those while not expensive are adding up.  Then I have the little things for Z, like musical type things (bells, tambourines, etc) for play groups I'll be hosting, and then random baking stuff like vanilla extract, which you can't get over there.  I'm also trying to stock up on double baby stuff.  I'm thinking of the SkipHop Duo Double diaper bag.  Had anyone used that?  It looks huge, but I think it would be a great carry on when flying with both kids later on and out and about.  Back to writing, which I'm actually finding enjoyable.  Go figure.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We Kicked Some Ear Infection Butt

Z had an ear infection about 2 weeks ago.  I felt terrible because I didn't even know it!  She's one of those babies where you can never tell that she's sick.  She might want more hugs and cuddles, but she'll still play, laugh and run around.  If we hadn't had a doctor's visit scheduled anyway, I don't even know if I would have known until it was really bad.  That seriously scares me for the future.  So today we went back for our 2 week recheck and she's good to go.  She was running up and down the exam table enjoying all of the loud paper.  Liam got to meet our pediatrician, who was actually my pediatrician growing up.  It costs quite a bit at times because we're going to her without insurance, but the comfort I feel is worth it.

My paper writing is still on the go.  I have 2 more to do over the next three weeks.  They are built on previous work, so I'm not too stressed.  Classes begin again next week and I'm ready to go.  That first week is a bit crazy because I'm doing all of these compressed courses in order to leave early, so we're going to be staying in the city and my grandmother will be watching Z for me.  I'm a bit sad about Z missing almost a full week of school, which we will be paying for, but leaving her to 4 days just wouldn't be cool with me.  There will be lots to do and I'll get to see them for a few hours everyday, so that won't be so bad.  I'm also excited to start things up again because the quicker we begin the quicker we're home!

Z has made the transition to the toddlers room at school and is totally taking it in stride.  She even waved bye bye to us when we dropped her off yesterday.  I usually sneak out, but she was like, see you guys later I'm playing with the big kids.  Her teacher in that room is really great and Z LOVES her.  I'm going to be really sad to have her leave that school.  It costs a pretty penny, but hearing about all that she does everyday and how much she's learning with them has definitely made it worth it.  I'll be hard pressed to find a school that provides the same level of care once we're back home.

On the baby front, aside for our scare a week or so ago things have been great.  I'm showing a bit more than I did with Z, which still means a big burrito lunch and have heartburn like a mofo.  Other than those two things, I still forget that I'm pregnant from time to time.  We can't wait to meet him/her, but there is certainly enough going on where we're too busy to get bogged down in the babycenter nitty gritty like we did before.

46 days until we're HOME!!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Requisite End of Year/New Year Post

So a lot has happened in the last year and even more will be happening in the next year.

2011 included:
  • Celebrated our 2 year anniversary
  • Maked another baby, currently baking
  • Watched our current baby grow, learn to crawl, walk, run, climb and now talk
  • Entered my last year of law school
  • Spent the summer with a firm in Europe away from Z giving Liam some solid daddy-daughter time
Looking forward to 2012 and accomplishing:
  • Bringing a healthy new baby into this world
  • Finishing law school
  • Getting a job
  • Starting to pay off our debts (mortgage and my loans)
  • Creating a budget and sticking to it
  • Spending an awesome summer vacation in Liam's hometown
  • Enjoying living together as much as possible
  • Get in shape (2007 college grad shape)

We'll see how much of this actually happens...I think the odds are pretty good, so only time will tell.