28 October 2010

Nausea and Homework

So now that ya'll know, I can finally start to blog again! I have been dying to tell you, but I needed to wait until I told enough people in person before I could break the news to the world wide web. Don't worry if you're a bit squeamish about babies and pregnancy, I will try to keep posts on topic with relation to law school, but you will have excuse the occasional excitements of a first-time pregnancy.

So my main symptom is constant nausea. I haven't done much vomiting, but from morning until night, I feel like I'm about to lose it. Struggling through work has been just that--a struggle. Some of my coworkers are very understanding, others...not so much. By the time I get home, I don't feel like doing anything but laying down. I haven't been cooking, cleaning, even playing with the kitties. Sometimes we cheat (we've eaten take out a little too much these last two weeks - I'm a little scared to do the finances tomorrow), but Matt has willingly put aside some study time to cook dinner and help with the chores. It's been a huge relief, although I do feel ample guilt at how quickly my stubborn, independent nature crumbled into bed with a box of crackers and glass of juice.

Matt has also been incredibly understanding regarding my tiredness, food aversions, and newly appearing mood swings. I'm impressed with his ability to juggle school and a pregnant wife thus far. A friend pointed out that all of the time I spend sleeping, Matt can spend studying and we won't have to feel guilty, which I thought was very cute and insightful.

I'm nearing the end of week 10, which means I'm nearing the end of the first trimester. I am excited to get into the second trimester and get back to some semblance of normal.

27 October 2010

Jacqueline is rather pregnant

Or so says my facebook status. But I would tend to believe it as I have it from good authority that the author is starting to show, just the tiniest bit.

Yup, we're pregnant! About 10 weeks or so, due sometime around May 22 or June 2, depending on which way of calculating the due date you subscribe.

So far it has been a less-than-exciting journey of cramping (early on), fatigue, and TONS of nausea. Morning, noon, night, all day long I feel soooooo nauseous. Combined with a 4 week long headache, I feel like I've had the flu for 10 weeks now. My stressful job is ever so beneficial to my feeling awful, but I did tell them earlier this week, so hopefully they'll start to have some compassion for me now and stop being so frustrating.

Anyway, that is why I have been so silent lately. Every spare moment is filled with sleeping, feeling sick, and reading articles about pregnancy online (I need to swing by the library). There are a whole host of other things, for lack of a better word, this brings up, but for now, I'll leave you with just a headline as I've got to leave for work soon:

Pregnant in Florida, birth in Michigan?

17 October 2010

Mid-semester

Life has been the weirdest mix of crazy busy and crazy slow. Earlier last week, I had nothing to do all evening, and spent the time reading an addicting book. Towards the end of the week, however, I had so much to do, I could barely keep it all straight. Matt has been busy doing homework--he's back to staying up later at night to work, meaning that I'm spending more time alone. Although lately he's been working on his note (an essay) for the law review. He's writing about homosexual marriage and has spent all weekend blowing up at the more ridiculous pro-gay marriage arguments, which is rather entertaining to watch.

We had another Ladies' Night on Friday, which was actually pretty fun. It is a lot different than it was last year since all the 3Ls graduated and we are now inundated with new 1Ls. It really changes the dynamic of the group.

The weather finally broke, which is allowing us to open our windows. Highs in the mid 80s, lows in the upper 60s. Humidity between 40-60%. We can actually get away with a light jacket on the way to work/school. Anyway, since we can now open our windows (although we do keep a fan on in the afternoon hours), it has been stirring up a lot of dust and paper, so I did tons of spring cleaning today.

I promise more exciting posts in the future. I do have something I want to discuss, but I need to wait for things to clear in my personal life before I can blog about it to the world.

10 October 2010

Alligators

Matt and I have been on a mission to spot a wild alligator. We've seen them in the movies, on tv, and at the zoo, but never in person in the wild. Until Saturday, that is. On Saturday, we went to a park that built a 2.5 mile boardwalk through the swamp. It is common to see alligators year round, but our previous trip to the park was fruitless. Yesterday, that all changed.

We had made it about 1.25 miles through the park when something caught the corner of my eye. I froze, mid step, my head snapped back, and I hunched down, staring at him. He was almost impossible to see, he matched the murky surroundings so well.


I'd already seen several logs imitating gators, so I gave him a good long stare before I was convinced enough to utter the magic words, "alligator," and ask Matt to pass over his binoculars. There he was, up close and personal! His narrow set eyes were the only thing above the water, and they were staring directly at us. I slowly set my water bottle on the boardwalk, pulled out my camera, and snapped a few pictures. "He's moving!" Matt gasped. Sure enough, the spines of his back and tail permeated the surface of the water, he silently moved closer to us, seemingly without disturbing the water.
He got closer and paused again, staring straight at us the entire time. We moved swiftly and silently around the boardwalk, trying to get the best view of him around trees. His wet rubbery skin matched his environment so well that at times, I just snapped pictures in his general direction, hoping that once I could blow up the photo on my computer, I'd be able to find him among all the swamp. He then slipped under the water and began moving closer towards us. He was gone for a few minutes. "Should we keep going?" Matt asked. Not a chance. Sure enough, our patience was rewarded.

He made an appearance on the other side of the lush growth, a few feet from the boardwalk. He looked eerie in the tea-colored water, coming closer without rippling the water. He finally stopped, directly below the edge of the boardwalk. Matt stood to the side, poised with our water bottles in hand, ready to defend at the first sign of attack. "Jacqueline, seriously, step back." But I couldn't. My legs were locked. Just like a dumb tourist, I crouched down, slipped my hand, clutching my camera, between the slats of the railing of the boardwalk and snapped a picture.


He just sat there for a minute. A long minute. I just stared at him, finding it really hard to believe that I was even looking at an alligator in the wild. I couldn't move, I just stared. After a few minutes, he dropped below the water and swam underneath the boardwalk. I watched as he tucked his feet alongside his body and propelled forward with his massive tail. We darted to the other side of the boardwalk, but he did not reappear. We ran back to where we had last seen him. A few seconds later, there was an abundance of leaves rustling, giving us the impression that our gator was hiding below the murky surface. After a few minutes of silence, convinced that he was gone for good, we walked away.

09 October 2010

The Case of the Missing Homework

The first clue: somehow or another, Matt and I got away with playing total hooky last Sunday. He did no homework whatsoever. We spent the entire day hanging out together and not worrying about the consequences. That night we made a pact to refuse to regret our decision to spend the day unproductively (in the work sense of the word). It made me feel really good because prior to that day, I had been feeling particularly distant from Matt.

The second clue: all this week, he has gotten away with going to bed with me at 10pm. Usually he stays up for an hour or two later to do homework, but for some reason this week, he went to bed with me.

The third clue: this year my birthday fell on a Wednesday, so we regulated some bday activities to today. We were going to go to a park to stroll along their 2.5 mile trail. I wanted to get there at about 8:30. We would have been back before lunch. But we got up late and spent more time than anticipated at the park. This, of course, meant that we were out-and-about at lunch time, so we stopped for lunch (we had a gift card), then, completely stuffed, we got home and fell asleep together on the couch. When we woke up, it was almost time for the Michigan-Michigan State game (go green, anyone?) So of course, that meant we had to watch it. So, yeah, it was about 6:30 or so before he got around to doing any homework.

These accounts make no mention of the evenings spent at Knights of Columbus meetings, or the days spent doing law review. I have no idea how he is managing to stay on top of his homework, but a very large part of me does not want to investigate this matter. If he were falling behind, he would surely spend his days frustrated and depressed, yet he is neither. I am enjoying spending time with my (relatively cheerful) husband. You certainly don't expect a weekend like this during the 1L year.

02 October 2010

Lonely and bored

Matt is at the law library and has been since noon. He met up with his partner to work on law review stuff, due tonight at midnight. I have a feeling he'll be gone until then.

In the meantime, I am bored out of my mind. I watched some documentaries online while crocheting, did some reading, took a brief nap, went for a leisurely 6.5 mile bike ride and brisk 1.3 mile walk. Now the sun has set and I am bored again. I guess I will do some reading. If I had the car I might do some grocery shopping. Or even hit the mall. I have $15 of free spending money and have been itching to do some shopping. But I don't, so I'm here, feeling the lonely part of being a law school wife.