It has been awhile but The Not So Legal Show is back for 2014! The good news is that in the time I have not been blogging, I have been growing a baby (who feels really big right now!) inside of me. At almost 37 weeks, it is hard to believe that our baby girl will soon be here!
Random pregnancy notes:
1. People still think it is normal to ask you what the name of the baby is — as if you will really tell them or better yet, should tell them. Isn’t it known information that you don’t really tell the baby’s name until the baby comes?
2. Just when I thought my biggest t-shirt would fit, it didn’t. I was kind of like Chris Farley when he puts the little coat on.
3. Working out while pregnant is a lot easier when you wear the weight training belt made for pregnant women. Nothing like something to hold up your stomach while doing lunges.
4. I have really enjoyed the alien-like movements from my stomach as a sweet reminder the baby girl is still moving around in there.
5. I need to pack my hospital bag. I may or may have not asked the lady at the hospital if I could bring my own sheets. (I have resorted to just bringing my own pillow cases)
6. I have been working during my entire pregnancy and people keep asking me when I am going to go on maternity leave. When the baby comes.
7. Luckily I have not had many emotional crying pregnant lady moments. Some, but not many.
8. Yoga during pregnancy is a great idea. I took a few pre-natal classes but mostly I just modified the movements in the regular classes. More on this when I start the “Yoga” section for this blog!
9. My husband has been wonderful during this entire process. I definitely give him the credit for ensuring we had the nursery ready in time.
10. I am hopeful and excited for the arrival of our new baby girl. More on what happens next later!
Lots of love and light to all for 2014!!
Happy Sunday night to all…very excited for the Grammys. Baby girl was supposed to arrive yesterday but I think she wants to take her time to make a grand entrance. My prediction is tonight or tomorrow but we will see as I was kind of predicting yesterday as well. As a lover of all things hip hop and music, it seemed only fair to throw out my Grammy picks…let me know yours! (if you already have been checking out the winners, know that I have avoided all of that news so I can actually watch them! I think my thoughts would change if I watched the awards since usually the person performing before the announcement of the winner ends up winning.)
Album of the Year: Kendrick Lamar (probably Macklemore will win)
Record of the Year: Robin Thicke, possibly Lorde
Song of the Year: Pink
Best New Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Best Pop Solo Performance: Bruno Mars
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Robin Thicke (maybe Rihanna)
Best Pop Vocal Album: Bruno Mars
Best Rap Performance: DRAKE
Best Rap Song: A$AP ROCKY
Best Rap Album: DRAKE
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay z feat. Beyonce – Part II (On the Run)
Happy Monday and MLK Day to all! I usually try to keep the Monday posts light and easy so I will start by saying I saw the new Kevin Hart movie “Ride Along”…loved it! Write in and let me know if you have seen it too! Some may think it was slow, too long, not funny but I really liked it. SPOILER ALERT****but I thought it was so funny when Kevin’s character pretended he was Omar!!! I like Ice Cube and the way he played his character…and it was the first time I felt Kevin Hart wasn’t playing just a character actor. [I usually only see funny movies as why bother seeing two hours of a gut wrenching drama).
As far as the motivational part of motivational Monday…I think it is important to play with the theme of gratitude for this week. No matter what is going on with your life, can you check in with being grateful for whatever circumstances that you are being given? It is hard sometimes when you are dealing with a stressful work environment, drama at home or with friends or just all around situations that may leave you feeling less than thrilled with life. I think as difficult as it is to deal with struggles in life, these struggles can also build your strength as a person. It is in these times that I think gratitude is important as sometimes it is just little things that are causing stress and if you can focus on what you are grateful for, sometimes the little things don’t seem as stressful! I really try to focus on gratitude when I am feeling stressed as sometimes it is just what I need to give some perspective on whatever situation is happening.
All good thoughts on this Monday…have a positive and gratitude filled week!
I went to a dinner last night where one of the women made a comment how she would rather hire people that are single than are on the mommy track. Of course, she qualified it by saying “no offense to you, Stephanie”. Ummmm, no offense taken? I think?
At first, I really didn’t take offense. Probably because we were in a loud italian restaurant and I was too tired to really think about it. Now, I am not necessarily offended but I definitely started thinking about the concept of “mommy track”. Are you on the mommy track simply because you have a career and you decide to have children? Or are you on the mommy track if you decide to have children AND decide you don’t want to work anymore? Thoughts on this anyone?
My plan is to go back to work after my maternity leave as I think you can lead a balanced life with a career, husband and children. Of course, you have to be committed to how that balance works out but I do think it is possible. I grew up with a working mom who has her own company. I learned by watching her and I think it gives me comfort to think that I don’t hold a grudge against her for working…so I can only hope our child feels the same way.
For some reading this, it may be perceived that “I have no idea” how hard it will be once we have a child and the time comes for me to return to work. Maybe I don’t have any idea but I am thinking positively about the whole adventure. (Still trying to understand breastfeeding and working that into the positive mantra..hasn’t exactly happened just yet).
I would love to hear from working moms out there, especially in the legal field or otherwise who have made the choice to work. Do you classify yourself as on the “mommy track”? Would you have been offended by this woman’s statement?
Happy Wednesday evening to all!
Sorry for the delay from my last post but hopefully things will pick up now! Happy Motivational Monday to all! I am going to share a post that isn’t necessarily motivational but more just because my favorite rapper appears in the video. I haven’t really been watching a bunch of late night television but I have to say that Jimmy Kimmel has an interesting way of taking a topic and making it funny. If you haven’t seen this already, check it out! Have a great rest of the day and a happy day tomorrow!
I love stand up comedy…it is one of my favorite things to watch sometimes, whether it is going to an actual show or watching a Chris Rock special on HBO. I am also a big fan of ComicView on BET! What comedians do you like? Write in and let me know! In the meantime, check out the interview with Matt Ritter – partner in Comedians at Law!
Wow…it has been awhile since I have posted a happy motivational Monday post so I thought why not dive back in on this Monday! Hope you had a good day today…I am curious what you do to handle stress. I am going to have some great interviews coming up on The Not So Legal Show – Lifestyle series as I think the more we can do to handle stress the better! One thing I like to do is yoga. I find that yoga keeps me pretty centered and focused (most of the time). It is those times when the last thing you want to do in life is yoga that you probably really need to do some yoga! Something to think about if you have never tried it.
I hope you all have a great week! I am interviewing the wonderful attorney Alka Bahal on Wednesday via google hangout! Alka is a partner at Fox Rothschild and her focus is on immigration so get ready to have your immigration questions answered! Email me if you want me to ask her anything for you! :)