One of the most common questions I’ve been asked lately is how the heck I’m going to finish law school when I’m having a baby half-way through my last semester, so I thought I’d write a bit about what it’s like to be “legally pregnant.” A friend of mine jokingly described me that way (as in the movie “Legally Blonde” if you don’t get the reference). I actually considered changing the name of this blog to that (and still entertain the idea) but so far I’ve decided to keep it “Mi Todo,” even if 80% of the people who stumble across this blog don’t know what it means.
Anyway, so far being pregnant hasn’t affected my studies in any major way. Some days exhaustion has gotten the best of me and I’ve fallen asleep halfway through my readings, but I figure that just makes me more like the average law student. I also have to leave class to pee at least once per class (sometimes twice, but I usually force myself to hold it if I’ve already gotten up).
Right now I’m taking 5 classes for 13 credits total. Luckily, my law school allows you to take up to 6 credits as “credit/no credit” during your 3 years, which means you don’t have to worry about getting an “A” in the class, you just have to worry about passing. I hadn’t used any so I’m able to take Negotiable Instruments and Family Law credit/no credit. Also, the Professional Responsibility class I’m taking is credit/no credit for everyone, which leaves me with only two of five classes that I have to worry about getting an A in this semester (Criminal Procedure and Negotiation).
My plan is to have my baby and get back to class as soon as possible. The day after I’m discharged from the hospital, even. I know it sounds crazy to most people, but I really think I can do it. Here’s the deal- Eva is due March 11. I don’t know exactly when she’ll come, but I know she’ll be here before March 21st. My hospital doesn’t allow babies to go more than 1.5 weeks past due. My mum will be here from March 10 to March 17 and I have Spring Break from March 24 to April 1. Assuming that Eva isn’t more than 10 days early, there shouldn’t be any reason I can’t go to school (once I’m discharged from the hospital).
Yes, I know it will be extremely difficult for me to leave my precious newborn for a few hours a day, but law schools don’t let you skip class for anything so I’m just going to have to suck it up. And yes, I know I’ll be extremely exhausted and probably slightly delusional in class, but the fact that I check my name on the attendance sheet makes all the difference in the world. I have to admit, I have a pretty short attention span to begin with so I end up having to teach myself the entire course a few days before the final anyway and so far it has worked out for me. In preparation for my soon to be ridiculously busy life, I’ve been trying to get most of my readings done in advance so I’ll have little to no homework to do once Eva is here.
I think I’ll be okay. I hope I’m not wrong. I guess we’ll find out in the next month or so when I become “legally mom.”