Monthly Archives: June 2013

Party of Four: Third Trimester Update, Summer Fun, Writing a New Piece, and YouTube?

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Party of Four: Third Trimester Update, Summer Fun, Writing a New Piece, and YouTube?

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.”

Baby Notes
: Since conceiving I have become completely and utterly obsessed with YouTube. I originally started watching a few mothers on the site to get more information about having a natural birth and then one day I discovered the suggestion column! In thirty minutes I was following “natural hair moms”, “breast feeding moms”, “natural mamas”, Endo moms”, “stay at home moms”, and “Wendy Williams”. A few weeks ago after following a mom for nearly five months she went into labor and I literally could not stop checking for updates to her videos. I started to feel almost connected to her in a way even though we lived over 2, 000 miles away from each other, had never spoken, and didn’t even know each other’s first names. But as I watched her home birth I shed tears. Clearly I need more friends! But honestly the site allows people to share so many life changing moments with the world and in a way creates a real life journal for your children one day.

"To YouTube or not to YouTube....that is the question."

“To YouTube or not to YouTube….that is the question.”

Then I thought maybe I should create a YouTube page! Blogging about my pregnancy I have gotten quite a few questions about some of my choices for the baby, become part of an entirely new network of parents, and I seriously just LOVE sharing moments with people. I hurriedly logged into YouTube to create a new account and started brainstorming channel names, then I stopped in middle of my creative flow and realized if I do this I have to actually put my baby on here! The X button couldn’t have gotten pushed fast enough. For some reason posting video of my child started to concern me. Why you ask? I have no freaking idea. Maybe I think I will develop a stalker and they will try and come and find me and my family…self-absorbed much?! Who says you “develop” a stalker, like you just create one in your living room or something…..Monique get a hold of your self. I swear since I have become a mom I have become so certain about some issues and even more confused about others. What are your thoughts on sharing pictures and video of children on public websites? How do you protect yourself if you do?

Summer Fun:

My friend Ebony and I are due just two weeks apart from each other!  We seriously probably were sisters in another life: we grew up in the same city, went to the same undergrad and graduate school, joined the same sisterhood, and now are having our first children just two weeks apart.  She is expecting her first son early October and though I was on bedrest I couldn't miss her baby shower!  This picture totally captures us with no words.

My friend Ebony and I are due just two weeks apart from each other! We seriously probably were sisters in another life: we grew up in the same city, went to the same undergrad and graduate school, joined the same sisterhood, and now are having our first children just two weeks apart. She is expecting her first son early October and though I was on bedrest I couldn’t miss her baby shower! This picture totally captures us with no words.

My nephew/godson celebrated both his 6th birthday and graduating from Kindergarten!  It was so hard not to burst into tears.  He has gotten so big so fast.  Feels just like yesterday I was rushing to the hospital to see him for the first time.

My nephew/godson celebrated both his 6th birthday and graduating from Kindergarten! It was so hard not to burst into tears. He has gotten so big so fast. Feels just like yesterday I was rushing to the hospital to see him for the first time.

Boys crazy hat fishing trip to celebrate Alex graduation.

Boys crazy hat fishing trip to celebrate Alex graduation.

All my siblings and their children on Memorial Day!

All my siblings and their children on Memorial Day!

We threw a surprise party for my mother's birthday this year!  I can't express how much I love this woman.  Being pregnant with my first makes me realize just how much a mother loves her child.  Sometimes as we grow up we forget this.  I only hope one day I can be as beautiful as she is.  I have one hot mama.

We threw a surprise party for my mother’s birthday this year! I can’t express how much I love this woman. Being pregnant with my first makes me realize just how much a mother loves her child. Sometimes as we grow up we forget this. I only hope one day I can be as beautiful as she is. I have one hot mama.

 My honey celebrating his first father's day!

My honey celebrating his first father’s day!

Father's Day Relaxation

Father’s Day Relaxation

Some of you may remember a few months back I featured a few of my sorority sisters that were all expecting or had their first baby.  Well Heather was the first to have her baby out of our little group!  How euphoric does she look right here!  It makes it so real that Genesis is on her way.  I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy for Heather and her family she is such a beautiful person (inside and out).  Can't wait to meet this little cutie soon.

Some of you may remember a few months back I featured a few of my sorority sisters that were all expecting or had their first baby. Well Heather was the first to have her baby out of our little group! How euphoric does she look right here! It makes it so real that Genesis is on her way. I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy for Heather and her family she is such a beautiful person (inside and out). Can’t wait to meet this little cutie soon.

Weeks 25-28:

Third Trimester

I can’t believe we are already in the third trimester! These past few weeks have flown by. At our last doctor’s appointment I was measuring 10 weeks early again, which concerned the doctor a little. She is pretty sure it is my fibroid growing again but she ordered an ultrasound for a few weeks just to make sure. I also took my glucose test (still waiting on results), which I am a bit nervous about since my cravings last month was sweets!

Please let me pass!

Please let me pass!

We also had a little preterm labor scare again a few weeks ago. I started having some wicked contractions that just wouldn’t ease up for nearly thirty minutes. After that we decided to expedite preparing a hospital bag and creating a little emergency stash of important things (bag of diapers, washed onesies, etc…) just in case our little princess arrives early. I am also preparing a meeting with my labor team 🙂 This just consists of my husband, mother, and sisters, but they all have pretty important roles that I have asked of them for when I go into labor and I think it’s good just to be all on one page. Other than that we are just gearing up for the baby shower next month and slowly packing boxes since we will be moving just short of 4-6 weeks after Genesis is born.

Baby Updates:

We are into our 7th month of pregnancy!

28 weeks and 1 day After forcing my brother to take this picture over and over because I thought he was taking unflattering pics of me I realized OMG I am  JUST that big.

28 weeks and 1 day
After forcing my brother to take this picture over and over because I thought he was taking unflattering pics of me I realized OMG I am JUST that big.

Today the baby is the size of: a small cabbage

Cravings: Nothing really. Cravings have calmed down a bit and appetite has gone back to normal. I really don’t enjoy sitting down and eating full meals all the time but prefer to snack.

Next Appointment: June 28th

Mochi Update: Here is a recent picture we got from Mochi’s new family!

Mochi will celebrate her 1st birthday on July 7th!  Happy  early Birthday Mochi!!

Mochi will celebrate her 1st birthday on July 7th! Happy early Birthday Mochi!!

Mommy feels: nauseous! I’ve been having some first trimester symptoms again recently: fatigue, leg cramps, achy, and nauseous. These past few weeks I have also been having sharp shooting pains running down my leg. I believe Genesis is sitting on one of my nerves because it only last for about thirty minutes and then eases up. My energy is back up and I have been totally nesting (washing clothes and cleaning out space for her arrival). I have also been feeling a lot more creative lately: finishing her blanket, working on a scrapbook, and actually started writing a new piece for blog. I kind of forget that those pieces were what helped me stat the blog in the first place. So look out for a new piece in a few weeks.

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey!

Always with love,
Modo

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Hospital Bag: Help Us Decide

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We are packing our hospital bag and want your help! Genesis has three diaper bags (don’t ask lol) and we would love your help with choosing which one we will take to the hospital. The bag with the most votes will be revealed during the what’s in my hospital bag post in two weeks.

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Party of Four: Name reveal, 6 month update, and Gift Haul

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Party of Four: Name reveal, 6 month update, and Gift Haul

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” -Theodore Hesburgh

What’s in a name?:Besides getting pregnant I think the hardest thing during this pregnancy has been choosing a name. Once we found out it was a girl, I thought I had settled on a name, we had even chosen a nickname (Yaya). But, the more we researched the origins and said it out loud we felt like something was lacking. We went back to the drawing board and wrote down everything we wanted in a name: a biblical connection, a strong meaning, and we wanted her initials to spell out a word (weird I know, but both Byron and I have initials that spell words and we think it’s hilarious). I would present Byron with names every night and he would turn them down. After weeks it actually started to cause some tension between the two of us. After spending hours registering for the baby shower we sat and had lunch with my mom and sisters. We told them about the trouble we were having with choosing a name. They threw out a few that Byron shot down quickly (He wanted his baby girl to have the perfect name). And then it was like the stars aligned and my eldest sister said what about “Genesis”? Everyone at the table got quiet. “She is the beginning for you two, it has a biblical reference and a strong meaning”. I looked at Byron and he smiled! Of course we had to listen to my sister congratulate herself for naming her niece (LOL), but another beautiful story to share with our daughter about the love of her family.

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Then someone said what about the initials? That is when Byron stepped in. He said “Her middle name will begin with an O to symbolize who we owe this baby to in the first place (G.O.D)”. And just like that I fell in love with him all over again. I told Byron he could have the honor of choosing her middle name with no push back from me. He still is working on the perfect name which he will reveal when he is ready. The funny part is that everyone in my family was so use to calling her “Yaya” that from time to time they still do. She will either be very confused or laugh a lot at this little unique nickname of hers.

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Baby Notes / Gift Haul: This week instead of choosing a hot topic about pregnancy, I decided to take some time and thank everyone that has sent precious little gifts to Genesis and I. We have also had several friends that have sent gift cards, which have come in handy already (thank you Angela and Tiffany)!!!. I would also would like to take this time and thank everyone that has sent us such beautiful words of encouragement and prayers, came to visit, cooked us meals, and even sent books and movies to watch during my bed rest. I am just so humbled. The kindness you all share truly baffles me beyond words. I know I use the word “blessed” a lot, but please do not think I use it lightly. I am reminded of God thru you all daily.

My sister had a daughter almost two years ago and had a TON of clothes that she never used or were gently worn.  It would be impossible to take pictures of everything she has given me (including a diaper genie, wipe warmer, clothes, blankets, etc...I am one lucky sister).  But, one thing I love the most is my niece's shoe collection she is passing down to Genesis.  These are so adorable.  Thanks sis!

My sister had a daughter almost two years ago and had a TON of clothes that she never used or were gently worn. It would be impossible to take pictures of everything she has given me (including a diaper genie, wipe warmer, clothes, blankets, etc…I am one lucky sister). But, one thing I love the most is my niece’s shoe collection she is passing down to Genesis. These are so adorable. Thanks sis!

A sorority sister (dada) of mine Heather brought over the most adorable stuff I have seen in a long time.  Again I was so humbled by the amount of things given and it was so hard to pick my favorites to show here.  Heather is due with her baby this summer and I can't wait to raise our children together.

Another sorority sister (dada) of mine Heather brought over the most adorable stuff I have seen in a long time. Again I was so humbled by the amount of things given and it was so hard to pick my favorites to show here. Heather is due with her baby this summer and I can’t wait to raise our children together.

My sorority sister Linda has been so amazing throughout this pregnancy.  She actually sent my very first mother's day card.  I believe it was towards the beginning of my second trimester when I arrived home and saw a little gift waiting for me on the doorstep.  I opened it up and Linda had sent this wonderful gift!  I can't wait to make prints of Genesis' little feet and hands when she is born.  Thank you so much dada Linda!

My sorority sister Linda has been so amazing throughout this pregnancy. She actually sent my very first mother’s day card. I believe it was towards the beginning of my second trimester when I arrived home and saw a little gift waiting for me on the doorstep. I opened it up and Linda had sent this wonderful gift! I can’t wait to make prints of Genesis’ little feet and hands when she is born. Thank you so much dada Linda!

If you ever meet my father you will know he was blessed with the gift of gab ( I think I get it from him lol).  Well he has been telling everyone on his route that I am pregnant and one of the ladies actually got a bag of clothes together for Genesis.  Truly a blessing.  These are just a few of the many things she sent.  Before I could even get out a proper thank you so was already getting ready to send me more.  The kindness of strangers humble me.

If you ever meet my father you will know he was blessed with the gift of gab ( I think I get it from him lol). Well he has been telling everyone on his route that I am pregnant and one of the ladies actually got a bag of clothes together for Genesis. Truly a blessing. These are just a few of the many things she sent. Before I could even get out a proper thank you she was already getting ready to send me more. The kindness of strangers humble me.

I have shared this picture before but I couldn't leave it out of the gift haul post.  My mother actually bought Genesis her very first gift ever!  A beautiful baby picture frame (we are hoping to decorate her nursery with a Safari theme).

I have shared this picture before but I couldn’t leave it out of the gift haul post. My mother actually bought Genesis her very first gift ever! A beautiful baby picture frame (we are hoping to decorate her nursery with a Safari theme).

I would have to say this gift surprised me the most!  So much so we didn't open it for days.  It was a few days before mother's day and my husband told me to not open any packages that arrived at the house because he was waiting on a gift he ordered for me.  When this arrived I sat it by the door and waited in suspense.  It wasn't until the day before mother's day that he took the packages in the back and I heard him say "What is this?"  It was actually a gift sent all the way from Texas from an old coworker of his.  I have never met his coworker which is why I thought it was even more sweet!  Thank you so much Heather!

I would have to say this gift surprised me the most! So much so we didn’t open it for days. It was a few days before mother’s day and my husband told me to not open any packages that arrived at the house because he was waiting on a gift he ordered for me. When this arrived I sat it by the door and waited in suspense. It wasn’t until the day before mother’s day that he took the packages in the back and I heard him say “What is this?” It was actually a gift sent all the way from Texas from an old coworker of his. I have never met his coworker which is why I thought it was even more sweet! Thank you so much Heather!

Aaron is one of those friends  you tell other friends about!  He is always surprising us with funny saying or crazy adventures.  So when this arrived in the mail I didn't have to take two guesses who it was from lol!  After giggling a bit I realized how great it was and how wonderful it was to actually get a little present for me and not just baby.  Thank you Aaron!

Aaron is one of those friends you tell other friends about! He is always surprising us with funny saying or crazy adventures. So when this arrived in the mail I didn’t have to take two guesses who it was from lol! After giggling a bit I realized how great it was and how wonderful it was to actually get a little present for me and not just baby. Thank you Aaron!

The women in my sisterhood are truly like my family and Ebony is definitely family.  She surprised us with this cute little onesie during our last get together.  As you all can tell I am obsessed with animals!  After spending four months in Kenya during my college study abroad I fell in love with all things safari.  Thank you Ebony.  Ebony is also expecting her first baby this fall!!!

The women in my sisterhood are truly like my family and Ebony is definitely family. She surprised us with this cute little onesie during our last get together. As you all can tell I am obsessed with animals! After spending four months in Kenya during my college study abroad I fell in love with all things safari. Thank you Ebony. Ebony is also expecting her first baby this fall!!!

The back was too cute to not show!

The back was too cute to not show!

Weeks 21-24: I have officially been placed on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy so I have picked up the art of sleeping in, shifting through Netflix and Hulu recommendations and gotten quite addicted to the game Restaurant Story. One exciting hobby I have started is crocheting ( I know! Who am I?). I am actually crocheting the blanket that I am bringing Genesis home from the hospital in. I am no Martha Stewart yet, but I love that she will have something hand made from her mommy. I also got to celebrate my first mother’s day. It’s a family tradition for the women in my family to spend the day in Palm Springs, but since I was restricted to very minimal movement we forfeited the trip this year and spent the day getting pedicures and watching movies.

Celebrating my first mother's day

Celebrating my first mother’s day

Baby Updates:

24 weeks / 6 months

24 weeks / 6 months

We are into our sixth month of pregnancy!

Today the baby is the size of: a cantaloupe (on week 24)

Cravings: SWEETS! I am addicted to sour straws right now.

Next Appointment: June 6

Mochi Update: Mochi has officially been rehomed with some high school friends of ours. A few blogs ago I said that Byron and I were deciding if we were going to move and we have officially decided that we are (and we can not have dogs). Therefore we didn’t want to drag out the process of finding a good home for her. We talked with a few people and even turned down an offer because it just didn’t feel right. When Byron’s friend said he was looking it was perfect! He has two children and will reside only 15 minutes away from us when we make the move, so we get to see her whenever we want. Byron took her over to introduce her to the kids and she was already so happy. She has a backyard to play in and has already started sleeping in the bed with the kids. It’s almost like an open adoption for us. They send us pictures and updates all the time. Mochi will always be a part of our family and I am excited to take Genesis to meet her in the future.

Mommy feels: tired and achy! The reason I was placed on bed rest was due to pre term labor contractions and pelvic pressure. The pain has started to get much better while on bed rest, but they have not disappeared completely. Sometimes even walking around the house will trigger a contraction. It’s not fun, but I am glad that it still has yet to taint my love for being pregnant. Genesis has started to move a bit more these weeks and its exciting to feel her little kicks (except when they are on my bladder).

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey!

Always with love,
Modo