Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm on the top of the world...

If you'd told me my first day of law school that in two short years, I'd bring a computer bag AND a diaper bag, I'd have laughed in your face. But WE DID IT!

Yesterday was the first day of school and the longest day of my life except for childbirth and maybe the first couple days in the MTC...I brought our sweet baby to school and it was quite a production with the carseat, stroller, my books, diaper bag, computer bag, blanket, sink. Ok, not the sink. Generally I'll only bring her one day a week but this first one was intense, not just bc it was a long day but bc I didn't know what to expect spending the whole day with her out of our element. I spent most of each class period really tense, praying "Please don't flip out. Please don't flip out." Not that she's a flipper outer very often, but I was worried that everyone around me was sighing in annoyance, that she'd poop everywhere and we'd be 45 miles from home, that I'd run out of enough clean clothes for her (or me), that I forgot the wipes, that my computer would melt down, that I'd get called on while she was tugging on my earring, that the stroller would break, blahblah.

WE DID IT!

By the numbers:
90: miles we traveled roundtrip
3: classes she (mostly) behaved through
2: meetings she smiled (mostly) through
billion: people who opened doors for us as I felt like I was pushing an SUV around the law school
2: kind classmates that switched me spots so we could sit in a stroller-friendly part of the room, one just on his own when he saw me walk in with a look of panic on my face as I realized the only available seats were down a bunch of stairs.
2: profs who welcomed my cute baby to the class; one of them I was expecting to hate but instead, he actually timed out during class to smile at my cute baby and welcome her, saying something like "We're glad to have her, a visual aid for family law, don't feel bad if she fusses. Any lawyer worth their salt needs to learn to speak/think over substantial distractions, thanks for this opportunity to help us focus, blahblah." I wanted to hug him.
11: hours we spent at the law school
20: miles we were away from home when my car died on the freeway in the dark.
0: number of my lights that were working, INCLUDING HAZARD LIGHTS, on the side of the road, with my cute baby, after one of the longest days of my life.
1: husband that saved the day.

WE DID IT.

Cue applause.

Ahem.

22 comments:

Valerie said...

You are a far braver woman than I will ever be. Congrats!

Kiersten said...

APPLAUSE. You are amazing. All three of you.

Thinking about taking either of my babies to a class...insert slightly manic laughter here. I'm glad it worked out for you!

KT said...

You can do anything.

Anonymous said...

You are a superhero! Congrats on surviving the first day. I can't believe your car broke down on top of all the rest of the stuff! I'm sure it's all downhill from there... CTJ

Kimberly said...

Wow, I think that is very brave. Good work!

La Yen said...

Check out the big balls on Gurrbanzo! Very impressive.

Lisa R.D. said...

Way to go! If you ever have a day that you need someone to help out, I'm about halfway between your house and your law school. We LOVE babies at our house. Really.

Supalinds said...

What - car died - you gotta be kidding me??

APPPLAUSE! You rock.

KatieM said...

OH woman, you are a solider. Or should I say, a "Modern day pioneer!"

You can't hear me but I am giving you applause. ANd charlotte too. Let's not forget she is also, a hero in the story. I am glad hubs came to the rescue and am ultra relieved you made it home safe.. Thank you, prayer.

megandjon said...

yes, i'm totally amazed. i wouldn't do it! i've just barely started taking my baby to the doctor's by myself! course, my baby freaks out a little more, but he's slowly growing out of that, so there's hope for us! maybe we'll have to try law school next!

Kamie said...

Car troubles are the worst! But, BYU is, I assume, the best law school to bring a kiddo to. I mean, doesn't everyone have them? I thought they were the "thing" to have....laptop, cute bookbag, adorable baby. Check, check and check.

Anna said...

you are super human. really. you are.

Jen said...

I think I have you figured out with your secret identity. If I'm right I'm totally the secret agent that I've always wanted to be.

Anonymous said...

WOW Supermom
Question Does baby get class credit too ????

WonderKitty said...

Happy First Day Back! Dont they always say that is will just get easier from here? Maybe you will find a way to combine the purse, diaper bag, and computer bag in to one, superbag. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Super Mom! Wow, I don't think I would have gotten out of bed to even attempt that. After that long day, I know I would have been a sack of tears if my car broke down. Man. You are amazing!

Jay and Jess said...

Wow- I couldn't do it my friend. Kudos.

Jay and Jess said...

Wow- I couldn't do it my friend. Kudos.

Natalie said...

Pretty much you are awesome. Baby is probably awesome too.

Just so said...

*Clap* *Clap* *Clap*

That is awesome! And I want to hug that professor as well. What a cool guy.

AlliSMiles said...

wow. you did it so gracefully and made it look so easy. you're my official hero. you, and melinda, of course, who had her baby last week and came every day this week.

the sad news: i'm dropping family law because my weak self can't handle 16 credits this semester.

Erin said...

GO YOU!!!