On grad school:
I never thought this possible, but I stayed out of school long enough that now that I'm back, I love it.
I feel like everything I'm learning is so interesting. Being pregnant makes it more so. The other day I read a giant chapter on breastfeeding. After we had an hour lecture about what to do with a kid with a fever. Another day I learned the history of stethoscopes. Sometimes I don't understand why anyone would want to study anything else.
I have decided that studying to be a nurse practitioner will either make me a super mom, always knowing when to take my kids to the ER and when to tell them to cowboy up, or else it will make me a quivering bag of nerves, thinking through every obscure (and potentially fatal) disease that could be causing their sniffles. Considering how I've handled pregnancy, I'm inclined to think I'm doomed to the latter.
I've also spent some time comparing this experience to undergrad. So far the biggest difference seems to be that I haven't fallen asleep in class yet this time around. Even during 3-hour lectures. It's possible it has something to do with sleeping 8 hours at night now, instead of 5-6 like I did in undergrad...
In other news, we've had both of our moms out to visit. That means TWO trips to Skyline Chili, TWO trips to Graeter's ice cream, TWO trips to Jungle Jim's International Market,
|Jungle Jim's deserves a blog post of its own, but I'll settle for this--|
the worlds' awesomest bathroom entrance. Inside is a normal (nice, in fact) bathroom.
and TWO trips to natural bridge state park.
|Isaac's mom and I, at our sporty best.|
|My mom and I at the park|
|Underneath the natural bridge. It's no Arches in Southern Utah, but still pretty awesome.|
|On TOP of the arch. No railings or anything! WHAAAAT?!|
Also, we are always happy to show off Aspen, who likes to pose as if preparing for a lovely back handspring. And then falls asleep instead:
Also, I am highly entertained by the belly button transformation process. I'm about halfway there, and feel like I should be photographing this for what I think is great You-Tube material. I'm pretty bummed I thought of this 6 months too late, but for any readers that are contemplating pregnancy, you're free to use my idea (please give me royalties if it makes you rich).
Additionally, I hope no one who has hard pregnancies hates me for saying this, but I love being pregnant. I love feeling the kicking and water polo she performs for me (even though she loves to aim for my bladder lately. WHY?). I love having the chance to create a life. This may sound cheesy, but I'm grateful every day to be pregnant.