We went to SB for the weekend- it was nice and relaxing. Friday night we saw “Thank You For Smoking”- which was pretty good, actually. Saturday we went to The Habit in Santa Barbara, which is pretty much my favorite hamburger joint. Yum! We spent Saturday night having dinner with Mr. Mustard’s mom, and then Ann and Tom came over to say hi. Sunday we were a little lazy in the morning, and then went on a long hike out by the ocean. We took Hauser and he had the BEST time. I think that this hike may have even beat the Ocean Dog Park in his estimation. He is so tired and sore today from his rompings yesterday that all he wants to do is sleep. I had to wake him up to take him outside this morning!
Well- graduation is exactly one month from today. I can’t wait!!! I have a lot of work to do to get ready- finals to take, etc., so, the pressure is starting to build. But, I’m still very excited to be done with school! The weather here is gorgeous today and so it was especially hard to focus during today’s classes of Labor Law and Remedies.
I got a Save The Date card to my friend Siobhan’s wedding- her wedding is in late August in Monterey- about one week after my due date. I’m so bummed because I really want to go, but know that it’s not really possible for me to go. I realized the other day that I’m basically stuck in Los Angeles until September, at least, unless Mr. Mustard and I can get away on a short trip in late May after graduation.
Mr. Mustard and I went to the zoo a few weekends ago- here is the picture of me next to the zebras. You can see my stomach is definitely getting bigger. I am now over halfway through the pregnancy, and am starting to really feel slower and bogged down. I am hungry all the time and just want to eat and sleep, basically. I am enjoying pregnancy, but can’t imagine how people have 12 or 13 kids. That’s a decade of your life spent in a state of hunger and fatigue.
I’m getting anxious to meet our daughter and can’t wait for her arrival- although I hope she stays put inside me for a few more months, to grow and get strong, of course! I can wait to meet her, but at the same time, I can’t wait!
Well, I finally got a new laptop- the old one was seriously on its last leg. I’m loving this new machine. It’s very powerful- and best of all, the screen doesn’t constantly flicker. It will be so nice using this laptop for my exams, and for the Bar. Add that to the Ipod I also just got, and I’m now officially in the 21st century. I downloaded a bunch of my study aids to ITunes, so now I can listen to lectures at home to review for the bar. So excellent.
It looks like I will be job searching after the baby is born. I called the firm yesterday, and they were not too hot on the idea of me working part-time. It’s totally what I expected. So, now I’m faced with the choice of working there 80 hours a week with a newborn, or not working there at all. Not much of a choice, really. I figure that if not this job, then something better is in store. It does put a lot of pressure on me to study on my own for the Bar. I’m putting together a study schedule, and sort of taking the reigns on it. Of course, I still have to finish this semester, and study for my classes so that I can graduate. It’s an exercise in careful juggling.
Still haven’t been feeling the baby move too much. I have another ultrasound in a week or two- and then after graduation, I have an appointment with my regular ob. I’m still not 100% about him- he completely lacks a bedside manner. But, I feel a little overwhelmed and don’t know if I want to invest the time in switching doctors. He is competent, and I’ll be delivering at a really great hospital- so part of me thinks I should just stay the course.
I have had some trouble walking around- I think the baby’s foot is sticking into my lower abdomen. It’s really uncomfortable, but only if I stand up. She’s getting a lot bigger, so I guess space is getting crowded in there. I am a little over half-way through the pregnancy, and she still has a long way to grow! I wonder what I’ll feel like when I’m taking the Bar Exam at 37 weeks. Yikes! 🙂
One of the strangest things about being pregnant is how freaking tired I am! I feel like I’ve run a marathon every day, when really I haven’t done all that much (except grow a baby, of course)! Today I had lunch at the CC mall with Jacey and Lauren- then went shopping for a maternity jean skirt (but decided not to get it when I saw it was $80!)- then to the grocery store- then walked Hauser…and now I’m pooped!
Last night Mr. Mustard and I went out to dinner, and then met up with some of his work buddies for drinks. I sipped water, of course! On our way to the restaurant, I commented to Mr. Mustard that I haven’t really felt the baby move much and that my doctor said it would be happening soon, if it hadn’t already. So, here we are, at dinner- and all of a sudden, the baby starts jumping- or leaping- around my abdomen. It was really uncomfortable, but also very cool. I am looking forward to feeling her kick from the outside. That way, Mr. Mustard can feel her, too.
I go back to the doctor in two weeks to get my Level II ultrasound, which I guess will tell the doctors more about what’s going on with the baby. I am looking forward to getting another look at the baby- and seeing how much she’s grown. This Saturday I’ll be 1/2 way through the pregnancy. Time is really flying! I can’t wait to meet our little girl!
Had my check-up today- the doc didn’t really do anything except listen to the heartbeat, weigh me, and ask how I’m feeling. I did get him to fill out the testing accomodations paperwork for the Bar Exam. We’ll see how that goes. Right now I’m signed up to be a regular tester at the site in Ontario- which is about 2 hours away from the hospital in traffic. I had the doctor fill out a form requesting that I be closer to him and the hospital, since I’ll be 37 weeks when I take the exam! I hope the Bar Committee agrees to let me take the test closer- and hopefully, I can get a few more bathroom breaks, too!