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,
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