Pregnant Mom Proves We're All 'April the Giraffe' When We're Waiting for a Baby

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Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've caught at least a few seconds of the harrowing saga of April the giraffe. April is a pregnant giraffe who's captivated the world via livestream from her enclosure at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. Every day, millions of people tune in to watch April wander around her pen and wait for the elusive moment when she finally gives birth. But, go ahead and move over, April, because there's a new pregnant viral sensation in town. An expectant South Carolina mom just recorded a hilarious parody of the giraffe's livestream that's been watched almost 16 million times.

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In a video on Facebook live, photographer Erin Dietrich decided to pay tribute to April in the best possible way: by donning a giraffe mask, rolling up her shirt to show her very pregnant belly, and pacing slowly around her bedroom.

If you've been watching April's live feed, then you know it's a little short on action-packed programming. The giraffe mostly wanders around her enclosure, eats, and occasionally just stands there staring at the camera. In her video, Dietrich does the same -- with a few special moves of her own thrown in -- and it's almost painfully reminiscent of what it's actually like when you're waiting to go into labor.

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First, she does a little casual posing to show off the bump. She looks like a showgirl on an exclusive giraffes-only version of The Price Is Right

Next, she breaks up her pacing-and-staring routine with a light workout -- nothing too strenuous, just some lunges to keep her giraffe muscles nimble. 

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Finally, she gets bored enough that she just starts dancing, because why the hell not? Honestly, if April knew how to break it on down, she'd probably be doing the same damn thing. 

The video has only been up for about 15 hours, and it already has almost as many views as the actual April the giraffe livestream, which has been broadcasting since February 24. It's been a hit, not only because of how jarring and funny it is to see a pregnant woman walking around in a beaded necklace and a giraffe head, but also because it points out just how absurd it is that we've been obsessively tracking a giraffe pregnancy for the better part of three weeks.

Despite the excitement over April, her live feed is actually boring af. That might even be what makes it so mystifying. We're all waiting with bated breath for something -- anything -- to happen. That's kind of how human labor and delivery is too. You wait and wait and wait, and then finally, it's go time, and all of the action gets packed into the time it takes to push and meet the baby.

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Of course, April has to push a baby giraffe out feet-first, so no one would blame you for thinking that's a bit more exciting than the typical labor scenario. Even Dietrich can't get enough. In the comments on her video, she says the parody is actually more of a love letter to April, since she's been obsessed with the giraffe's live feed for weeks.

"I did not think this many people would get a kick out of this," she wrote. "All our friends have been making fun of me and my obsession with April so we just thought 'Hey, we should order a giraffe mask.' We ordered the mask off Amazon on Friday and it just got here today. Clearly we live an exciting life over here in the Dietrich household."

April might not give birth any time soon, but at least thanks to Dietrich we've got another "giraffe" pregnancy to keep our eyes on.

You can watch Erin's full video here:

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