Preggo #4: 32 Weeks

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Hello everyone.  I hope it's been a pleasant week for you.  It's been more than a bit busy for me with classes, school for the kids, telework, etc.  But I won't complain.  It makes the week go quicker. Speaking of which, we reached 32 weeks this past Saturday.  That came much quicker than I thought!  This week was also appointment week.  I had one on Wednesday and another on Thursday.  Got to love pregnancy appointments.

                                   

Medical Professionals Chosen By Race: Racism or Self-Preservation?

It started out as a simple post.  A friend of mine posted on social media that she had made a conscious decision to have medical professionals that looked like her because she believed they were stronger advocates for her and her family than those who did not.  Immediately, replies of affirmation  hit the page, along with stories of people who hadn't made the decision initially and the medical battles they fought because of what they felt were preconceived notions about African-American patients. 




Preggo #4: 31 Weeks

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Hello everyone.  What a wild week it's been.  It was the second week of virtual learning.  It is definitely different, but it hasn't been that bad at all.  The kids' teachers are all very engaging and I enjoy the work modules that have been presented.  I'm really enjoying.

                                   


Weekend Recap: Girls' Time

 Hi everyone!  This weekend was really awesome as I got to spend time with my baby girls doing girly things.  I love doing this so much and I always love the memories we have when this happens.


Preggo #4: 30 weeks Update

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Hello everyone! I hope your week has been amazing.  We got to slowly see the transition from warm weather to cooler temps which means Fall approaches!  ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ And I cannot wait!  But, before we get there, we need to catch up on how things are going with little bean.  We're 30 weeks this week and I have quite a bit I want to share!

                                   

Back to School: First Day recap

Hi everyone!  We're back and have survived the first day of school!  Today was the first day of virtual school for Bug and Honeybee.  This was a first for us, but we survived and I'm pleased the school district went virtual for the students during this pandemic.

                                                      


First Day of School 2020!

Back to school chalkboard sign

Preggo #4: 29 weeks

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Hi everyone!  I hope all has been great and wonderful with you.  Today, I'm taking a little time to do a pregnancy update for week 29.  It's crazy how quickly time is starting to pass.  Pretty soon, we'll be prepping labor and delivery bags, reviewing birth plans, etc.  But for now, I'm good with sharing this update with you.

How far along: We are 29 weeks pregnant.



Friday Favorites: 28 August 2020

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It's Friday!  Guys, I promise this week was a bit more high paced than I was expecting, but you already know I'm here for it!  It's the last Friday of the month, so you know I had to share some of my absolute faves!  I decided to link up with the lovely ladies of A Little Bit of Everything Blog and Momfessionals.

What's Up, Wednesday?

 Oh, ya'll.  I missed What's Up, Wednesday.  It's been so busy around here that I didn't realize that today is Wednesday.  Yeah.  It's that crazy here.  Still, this month has flown by and we are about to start a whole new adventure with the start of virtual learning for back to school.  I'm linking with Shaeffer Told Me To and Mix and Match Mama.  So, let's get to it!

Weekend Recap: The Girls' First Salon Visit

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  This weekend, I took the girls for their first professional hair appointment.  I was a bit worried because it is COVID season and I've been very careful about letting the girls out.  This is actually only the second or third time that they have been out of the house since March.  So, today was a treat for them--even masked.

I usually do the girls' hair, but I am a bit limited in the styles that I can create for them, especially when it comes to my Honeybee.  So I decided that it was high time for a visit to the beauty salon.  There is one that has been recommended to me over and over again, but they've been closed with COVID.  I saw they recently reopened for hair care and I made an appointment for the girls.  They were awesome!!  


Preggo #4 Update: 28 weeks

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Hello everyone.  Hope everyone is having a great week.  Today I get to share the first update of my third trimester!  We are really starting to countdown.  Pretty soon, those numbers are going to drop lower and lower as we approach due date.  I am so looking forward to it.

How far along: We are 28 weeks and baby bean is the size of an butternut squash.

Second Trimester Faves for Pregnancy #4

Hi guys!  Tomorrow, God willing, I will have made it to the third trimester!  God is so great!  This pregnancy has not been all peaches and cream.  I owe part of that to the fact that I'm 40 this go around and I'm chasing after a husband and four additional children.  But we're making it work, even in a pandemic.  And I have NO complaints!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the products that have kept me sane this trimester that I believe may be a blessing for you as well.  I'm linking up with Mix and Match Mama, A Little Bit of Everything, and Momfessionals because it's a beautiful Friday!  Hope you enjoy the post.

Preggo Update #4: 27 weeks

Hi everyone!  Oh my goodness it has been a while!  I'm sorry I'm late on my updates.  It's been a bit quiet and I have been a bit tired.  But I'm feeling better and am ready to share my updates with you! So let's catch up, shall we?

How far along: We are 27 weeks and baby bean is the size of cauliflower.
 
Total weight gain: Welp, the doctor says I have gained 18 pounds since the beginning of my pregnancy.  I'm sure I have gained a bit more this week.  I've wanted so many Slurpees and Slushies that it isn't funny.

Maternity clothes: Yep.  The maternity clothes are every where.  I'm able to wear larger shirts and sweats, but on those days that I go in to the office, I try to dress a bit more professionally. Side note:  I purchased the head wrap from Amazon.  I love it.  So comfortable and so versatile with my outfits.  No kickbacks on this one, but I certainly want to share for those who are experiencing terrible COVID hair like me.

Parenting My Eczema Baby: Journey to Answers

*I'll be updating as we go through treatment and options for treatment with our Honeybee.  Hopefully, you will see an improvement with us AND you'll learn some really awesome tips for eczema treatment as we go through.

We haven't discussed it much on this blog, but our Honeybee has very severe eczema.  When she has flares, her skin itches to the point that Honeybee scratches it raw.  There have been open weeping areas on her skin and it doesn't really matter what you use on it--it never helps for long.

Black Mothers are dying in labor...Why Aren't We Really Talking About It?

This week, a friend posted a link on her Facebook page the story of Nicole Thea.  For those who don't know, Nicole Thea was a popular London-based YouTube and Instagram star eight months pregnant by her partner Boga.  Nicole had been documenting her pregnancy and sharing updates to more than 230K Instagram followers and among YouTube videos which could garner 1 million views.  She was only 24 years old and her partner and her fan base were anxiously awaiting the baby's (whom she was naming Reign) arrival.

Jeremiah Turns One!

Hi everyone!  Our baby J. turned 1 year old on Tuesday.  We didn't do a huge birthday party since COVID is still very, very real, but we did have a nice quiet family celebration and he was more than happy with it.

He still has those amazing bright eyes.


With COVID still spiking and quarantine still the word of the day, we did a very small and intimate dinner at home.  Nothing fancy, no major themes.  Just us--S., Bug, Honeybee, A, J and I.  We ate pizza and then pulled out a simple birthday cake while singing happy birthday.  You know, in hindsight, it was perfect.

Hello August!

Wow!  Is it really August?  Already?  Wow!  Well, hello August.  I am hopeful that this month offers us a lot of love, joy, peace, and fellowship.  We know the COVID is not over and we have had more than enough of the heartbreak that has accompanied it.  But we are very thankful to see another month!


What's Up, Wednesday

How crazy is it that I'm connecting to you all on another last Wednesday of the month.  Sunday will be August.  This year is flying.  Wow!  Anyway, I'm linking with Mix and Match Mama and Sheaffer Told Me To.  Here's what's going on in our world.

Preggo #4: Bump Update- 24 weeks


Hi everyone!  I hope your week has been as enjoyable as mine!  I hit 40 years young this week!  Yay!  I had a wonderful celebration that you can learn more about here.  The week itself has been very busy and I am looking forward to a chance to actually rest for a while.

                                            

 

Birthday Recap: 40 is Fabulous

Hi everyone!

I am still smiling and am so humbled by the outpouring of love and support I received on my birthday yesterday.  Truthfully, with COVID still running rampant, I was fine with take out dinner and a movie on Netflix.  I wasn't expecting anything big and I was perfectly fine with it.  The day had already started so beautifully.

Black woman holds "Happy" and "B-Day" balloons
A fabulous 40th birthday...even in COVID-19

40 while 40: My 40th Birthday Bucket List


Hey guys!  It's my 40th birthday! ๐Ÿ˜ I'm sharing my 40th birthday bucket list!  Every year I write down a few things that I would like to tackle during my birthday year.  This year I'm sharing 40 ideas with you.  If you'd like to check out how I did on my previous ones, feel free to look below!

Happy birthday to me!!!

-K


Weekend Recap: Time holds for no man.

This has been one of the hardest weekends I've had in a long time.  Last week, I received two notices of people I knew and cares about who had transitioned home.  The thing is they were both young, much too young for me to expect the notice.



Preggo #4: Bump Update -23 weeks

Hello everyone!  How's your week been?  I hit 23 weeks on last Saturday and have been enjoying the subtle changes ever since.  I've been out and about (as far as social distancing will allow) at work and picking up meds for the kids, but other than that, quiet city.

Friday Favorites: The Instagram Version


Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having an amazing week.  I'm linking with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals for a Friday Favorites share.  

Preggo #4: Bump Update 22 weeks

Hello everyone!  I hope you're having an awesome week thus far.  I reached 23 weeks on Saturday, but realized I needed to update you on week 22.  Last week was pretty quiet.  It's funny trying to provide interesting updates when lock down is real!  I'd love to go out and frolic, but #COVID has been spiking in several locations and I'd rather be safe than sorry.

We're 22 weeks!

I want to be here

This morning, I came downstairs and found my 13 yo son preparing breakfast in a kitchen that looked like a tornado had gone through.  He'd made a breakfast burrito buffet line complete with tortillas, spinach, cheese, turkey, ham, and eggs.  He also felt ambitious enough to make a banana bread without any assistance from me.  He looked up, eager to receive praise.  I gave it freely.  I thanked him for getting up and cooking breakfast.  I thanked him for trying the banana bread.  I told him everything smelled great (because it did) and then I went back upstairs to change.  As I was walking the steps I thought about how long it was going to take to clean the kitchen even after Bug's first passed.  I sighed a bit at that.

Friday Favorites: Birthday Cookies Extraordinaire!


Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having an amazing week.  I'm linking with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals for a Friday Favorites share.

This week has been beyond busy.  I turned in final exams for two classes only to start three more.  I've been paper outlining, video shooting, and so much more.  Not to mention going into the office ๐Ÿ˜ฐ for a meeting and then going to a doctor's appointment to check on the progress of Baby Bean.  Somewhere along the way, I realized that July is really moving fast and I needed to lock on some birthday plans for Baby J's 1st birthday, Baby A's 3rd birthday, and Bug's 14th.  Even in COVID, this will be interesting.  Fortunately for me, I got turned on to a fantastic cookie artist early in the pandemic, and was able to reach out to her for some awesome designs.  I also reached out to one of my favorite confectioner for 40th birthday plans for myself.  It's beginning to look like presents around here.

Weekend Recap: Family Time

Hi everyone!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.  This weekend our family just spent time together.  We stayed up late to watch movies.  We ate food. We had a wonderful time!  It was just a weekend of loving our family and I loved it!  
Smiling for beautiful days.

Preggo #4 Update: Weekly Update 21 weeks

Hi everyone!  Thanks for checking in!  I am 21 weeks pregnant.  All well on the home front.  So the baby calendar over at Babycenter says baby is the size of a carrot. I am in my fourth month.

We haven't announced yet, so you probably won't read this update until after the actual announcement, but I still wanted to document all the same.  Here's hoping you enjoy the update.

Hello July!

                             

Can you believe it?! We’re halfway through the calendar year. The year has been something. We’ve had civil unrest. We’ve had COVID-19. We’ve had quarantines. We’ve had deaths. We’ve hard discussions. It’s been a journey! 

The Announcement

                                       
Yes!  It's true!  S. and I are expecting child number 5!  Do you know how LONG I've wanted to tell you guys!  This is awesome and amazing and nothing short of miraculous.  Please know that this comes as a complete shock for us as this child has been conceived naturally without any medical intervention, and against all odds according to the doctors.  Everything looks good and healthy.  The heart rate is strong.  The baby is growing like it is supposed to and we are so excited.

Weekend Recap: Our Father’s Day Recap

Hi Everyone!

What a nice weekend it has been, albeit slightly busy.  We got to celebrate our loved ones and get Bug looking semi-back to his old self again.  It really was an enjoyable time.


Happy Father's Day


Hello everyone!  I pray you are all having an amazing and wondeful Father's Day with your fathers, father figures, or fathers of your children.  I remember when I was younger this holiday was sad to me because I didn't know who or where my father was.  God kept me the entire time making sure I had male role models who loved and watched over me, but there was still the ache.


Weekend Recap: Mid-terms and Biscuits


Hi guys!  Hope it was a great weekend for you!  Our family had a deadline-driven one.  Seriously, it was nuts.  Both S. and I are working on separate Masters degrees while also continuing to telework.  This is midterm week for me and man, oh man...the work.  



Preggo #4: Bump Update- Week 19

Hi everyone!  Thanks for checking in!  I am 19 weeks pregnant.  All well on the home front.  So the baby calendar over at Babycenter says baby is the size of a zucchini. I am in my fourth month.

We haven't announced yet, so you probably won't read this update until after the actual announcement, but I still wanted to document all the same.  Here's hoping you enjoy the update.


Weekly Baby Update


How far along: 19 weeks

Total weight gain: 8 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Yes.  The baby bump popped quick with this one.

Stretch marks: Yep.

Sleep: Still tired, but I feel better than I had previously.

Best moment(s) of this week:  Baking biscuits with my Honeybee.

Miss anything: Not really, this week anyway.

Movement: Yes.  This baby is low and has been having all kinds of flips and twists in there.

Food cravings: I'm back to wanting cold things and Icees, so I think I need to up my iron again.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely

Gender: Unknown

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: Still in.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: I feel like I'm pretty chill, but my son did say that I'm a bit moody.  So...both?

Looking forward to: Icecream 

Preggo #4: Bump Update-Week 18

Hi everyone!  Thanks for checking in!  I am 18 weeks pregnant.  I feel really good for the most part ๐Ÿ˜Š.  So the baby calendar over at Babycenter says baby is the size of a bell pepper. I am in my fourth month.

We haven't announced yet, so you probably won't read this update until after the actual announcement, but I still wanted to document all the same.  Here's hoping you enjoy the update.



Weekly Baby Update


How far along: 18 weeks

Total weight gain: 8 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Yes.  The baby bump popped quick with this one.

Stretch marks: Yep.

Sleep: Still tired, but I feel better than I had previously.

Best moment of this week: Getting out of the house for social distant kettle corn and birthday fun.

Miss anything: Yes, but it's not really because of pregnancy.  I like smoothies with ginseng.  With COVID-19, I haven't been going to my local smoothie place (I can't make them taste the same at home).  I really miss them.  Oh, and Icees.  None of the stores sale them anymore because they are self serve and risk contamination.  Sigh.

Movement: Yes.  I feel flutters, usually at night.

Food cravings: Chinese Food (shrimp fried rice and shrimp lo mein to be specific).

Anything making you queasy or sick: Only when I don't eat.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely

Gender: Unknown

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out: Still in.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: I'm pretty chill but I do miss alone time.  No such thing in quarantine lol.

Looking forward to: The weekend.

Weekend Recap “The Not-so-Drive Through Adventure”


Hi everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was, for the first time in a long time, pretty active. Last week I saw an advertisement for one of the local farms in our area for a drive through baby animal review complete with kettle corn, lemonade, and strawberry slushees. You know I couldn’t say no to that, so I purchased tickets for the kids and I and come Saturday morning, loaded up the car.

Blocked, deleted, and called a racist


The past few days have been filled with strife for the nation. There have been countless peaceful protests and horribly, there have been terrible riots and violence. It’s been awful and unproductive. I’ve posted on my personal social media pages several times that violence and rioting had no place in this protest—no matter who you were. I’ve condemned violence. I’ve celebrated people of all races and ethnicities coming together. I’ve also shared my thoughts and fears.

I recently posted the below on a personal account:

“I had a lady tell me that I have no idea what it's like to have your husband leave the house every day and have no idea if he is going to come back home in the evening. He's an LEO. I told her that I live it every day, not only my husband, but my son, and my fathers, brothers, brothers in love, nephews, etc.

I have plenty of LEOs in my family, so I get it. But I've been black my entire life and I get THAT more. #imjustsaying

Hello June

4 Things You Can Do To Help Grandbabies Stay Connected To Their Grandparents During COVID Season




My mother hasn't seen her grandbabies since Christmas.  Oh my is she itching to hold and love on them, but with COVID-19,  it isn't possible right now.  Add that she is a nurse for a geriatric facility in New Jersey and it's safe to say it will be a while before she actually gets the privilege.

It's definitely a different world for grandparents right now, but thankfully we live in a time where we can spend time with our loved ones without actually spending time with them.

Here are 4 things to make the connection a little easier.

A Tale of Two Worlds...

Some of you will be quick to unfollow me for this one and it’s okay. I’m tired of being silent about it and if being vocal about my truth causes people to walk away, so be it.


Hello May!


Hi everyone!  It’s May!  It’s definitely a different one than in years passed with all of the craziness of COVID going around.  We are still sheltering in place at home with occasional escapes for required meetings and doctor appointments.  It’s certainly been interesting.

Our 8th Wedding Anniversary

Here we are.  Year 8 of our marriage and it seems like yesterday we were just preparing to say I do.  Man, this year has been something.  It hasn't all been peaches and cream, either.  The fact that I'm writing this blog post in quarantine with my husband during the greatest pandemic of our history is a perfect accompaniment to our marriage.  It's been full of surprises.  Still, we have been richly blessed these past 8 years.

Weekend Recap: A Blessed Easter...even in quarantine...

He has Risen!

He Is Risen!

Wishing you a wonderfully blessed Resurrection Sunday! He Is Risen!


Hello, April


Hello everyone.  My apologies for the delay in communication!  It's been a whole new world as we adjust to #quarantinelife amid COVID-19 concerns.  Everyone is currently home and we're adjusting to tons of time together.



Friday Faith: The Importance of Prayer


A little while ago, our family had a pretty intense week. It was a doozy for our family. We had a moment of parental crisis that I can’t go into on this forum as some things need to stay within the safety net of the family. But trust me when I say, I needed God and His wisdom like never before. In this event, I felt like I had failed somewhere. It didn’t matter that there were conversations held over and over again about choices and consequences. It didn’t matter that there were assurances of listening and retaining that information. Somewhere, somehow, there was a disconnect and I found myself sitting there trying to figure out what I needed to do next.

After several hours, we were able to take care of things, make adjustments, take action and do what would greatly benefit the family—all of the family, but I was still shaken. I felt guilty. Truthfully, there was no doubt in it. I had failed. Beyond the cursory prayers of gratitude and covering for my children, I hadn’t had a morning prayer with them before walking out to bus stops in a couple of months. I hadn’t read a scripture with the children and discussed it with them in weeks. Yes, we had all been attending bible studies and church. Individually, the elders in the family (parents and children who can read) were reading the Word of God and lessons were being retained, but if I was being honest, I’d been less than the strong spiritual example my children need in today’s crazy world. That bothered and bothers me.

Spring Break Staycation

Our kids start Spring Break next week and are super excited to be home and resting for a while. Originally, there was discussion in the house of letting the older children visit my mother in New Jersey for a fun and activity-filled adventure there. Then, COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) started making the headlines. At first it was a trickle here, a person there. Then, this week, two persons tested positive within a twenty-mile radius of us and outside the elder and immune-suppressed at-risk groups typically reported. The schools here have started ramping up plans for distance learning, but so far, the plan is to return after break is over. Add to that the close proximity of a rather populated outbreak just one state over and we decided better safe than sorry. So, our children will be enjoying a Spring Break staycation. But here’s the question. Just what do you do with a 13 and 6-year-old who are home from school all week long?

Weekend Recap: Meeting Elsa and Performing in Plays

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  I woke up this morning with a nasty little cold that I can thank baby J. for so generously sharing with me.  It's a beautiful 60 degrees outside and is supposed to climb to 71.  I, however, am inside shivering and wrapped in a coat and blanket.  -_- I hate being sick. Fortunately, the yuckies didn't make their debut this weekend which was great because it was an awesome weekend!


#TuesdayTruth: Things I wish someone had told me about "after delivery" and life as a new mom.

I was recently in the office break room with a colleague of mine and the subject of nursing came up. We discussed how shocked we were that it wasn’t as “easy” and “common sense” as the world would have you believe. My colleague talked about being so discouraged after the birth of her first baby and wishing that another mother had been upfront and honest about what to expect so that she would not have felt like she was failing:l. I understood completely and remembered my first time as a mom with Bug, but even the times post delivery of all my kids. There are certainly some things I would have wanted to know prior.

After our conversation was over, I thought about several expecting mothers that I know and how I wished I had the kind of relationship with them that would allow me to share what a I wished someone would have shared with me.

I figured I would do that here and maybe help someone (including them).

Welcome, March!



Hi Everyone! Yay, it’s March! I’m really looking forward to this month because we are ever so close to Spring. I need warmer temps and pretty flowers, though with the weather we’ve been having lately we might not know the difference. So, what’s going on in the month of March? Sooooo much!

Happy birthday, Honeybee!!

This amazing, energetic, bundle of love and grace is turning 6 today! I can’t thank God enough for choosing Theo and I to be her parents. I love her so much and I can hardly wait to see the doors Christ opens for you! I love you so much, baby girl, my honeybee, my GiGi! Happy birthday, baby! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚

#birthdaygirl #februarybaby #happybirthday #myfirstdaughter #snowbaby

What’s Up Wednesday

Oh my goodness! It’s the last Wednesday of the month! I’m sorry, but that FLEW! March is pretty much here. I’m so ready for Spring. Today I’m linking up with @Shaeffer Told Me To and Mix and Match Mama for What’s Up Wednesday. It’s only my second one and I’m so excited to join the party. So, here we go!