35 Weeks

Size of baby: 5-6 pounds and about 20 inches (honeydew melon)
Symptoms: I’ve been peeing a lot & have terrible pain under my ribs again. ugh..
Fetal Movement: lots of wiggling and pushing. I love watching my belly change shapes.
Sleep: Terrible as usual.
Cravings: I didn’t really have any this week either. Now that I think about it I could use a huge papas con huevo tortilla from Manuel’s right now.
Aversions: I tried sniffing the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter at the store the other day to see if I could tolerate it now because it’s much cheaper than the Bio Oil I use, but it still makes me wanna yak.
Belly button: Very stretched out and shallow. I’m really glad I invested in that maternity belly button ring.
What I Miss: Yes, I’m starting to answer this question again because the end of this pregnancy is so close that I can taste the spicy tuna roll and Monster I’m going to indulge in as soon as I give birth. I just can’t wait to surf again. I keep having dreams about it that make me feel so bummed when I wake up and know that I can’t.
Best Moment this Week: I found some time to swim in the ocean this week and it felt absolutely wonderful. It made me miss surfing so much, but it was nice to be in the cool salty water in the warm sunshine again. It had been too long.
What I Look Forward To: Doctor’s appointment, tomorrow! Woohoo! I’ll finally get my “stork pass” for the hospital so that I can park right up front.

Legally Pregnant

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.”

Why Being Pregnant Rocks

During my birthing classes, the nurse asked us to name one thing that we loved about being pregnant. Admittedly, a million things I hate came to mind first- I “run” a 31-minute 5K, I can’t surf, I feel like a whale & totally unattractive, I can’t sleep, I can’t drink Monsters or eat sushi… The only thing I could think of that I actually like about being pregnant is feeling my baby girl move. It’s like a secret conversation between me and her- one that nobody else will ever understand. It’s a phenomenal feeling, but it can’t be the only thing that I like about pregnancy. So I thought I’d start a list to remind myself of all the amazing things about pregnancy. It may start off short but I’ll slowly add to it if/when I come to more realizations.

1) I love seeing all the smiles and excited faces from complete strangers. Before I was pregnant, it seemed that all I got was “ojo” from girls and unsolicited stares from typical guys. Now I see people’s faces light up when they see my big ol’ belly. Sometimes I feel like I put a little joy in a stranger’s day, and I really love that.

2) I love when people rub my belly. I read so many articles and books about pregnancy that warn you about belly rubs, and teach you how to politely decline them. Well I happen to love them, probably for the same reasons as #1. I especially love them when they come from elderly women who seem the most excited about the baby growing in my belly. They seem to reminisce about their own pregnancies with pure joy in their eyes.

3) Not worrying about maintaining a flat belly for tight shirts. Usually, when I know I have to wear a tight-fitting dress or shirt I limit my salt and carb intake the day before/of so I don’t feel or look bloated in it. Now I’m bloated all the time no matter what I eat or drink so it doesn’t make a difference!

4) Having an excuse to wear yoga pants like all the time. Let’s face it, yoga pants and wife beaters are more comfortable than cute outfits. Being pregnant is an excuse to overwear them in public.

Hmm… That’s all I got for now… Feel free to comment with why being pregnant rock(s)(ed) for you!

34 Weeks

Size of baby: 18-20 inches long and 5-5.5 lbs… about the size of a cantaloupe. (Uh… that’s one huge cantaloupe!)
Symptoms: The rib pain came back a little this week. I have a little heartburn and a lot of fatigue too. I fell asleep in the middle of my criminal procedure reading the other day (which isn’t typical for me). 
Fetal Movement: She’s really been hurting me a lot lately! She scooches  her little bum or something against my belly and pushes so hard. She’s had the hiccups a lot lately too. 
Sleep: I think I’m approaching the “terrible” stage. I just can’t get comfortable and I wake up with so much back pain. 
Cravings: Hmm… nothing really. I thought I was supposed to be craving all sorts of crazy stuff while pregnant but I seem to be missing this stage. 
Aversions: The smell of pot roast totally grosses me out still. 
Belly button: It has completely flattened out. I think we’ll have an outie any day now. 
Best moment this week: Getting a few more things together for the nursery. 🙂
What I Look Forward To: My doctor’s appointment next week. I really want to know what position Eva is in! I wish they’d let me see her. 
Other interesting facts about this week: Although I’m still 3 weeks away from being “full term,” if I were to go into labor at 34 weeks the doctors would not try to stop it. If Eva were to be born in the next three weeks she’d still be considered a premie, but she’d be pretty healthy and probably wouldn’t have to spend too much time in the hospital (unless there are other problems with her).