19 Weeks Pregnant!

Sorry for being late on this post! Before I get into all the pregnancy updates from the week I wanted to share with y’all about some exciting news! My long-time awesome, amazing friend Rachael has opened up an Etsy shop! She is selling these super cute pillows! To celebrate the big kick-off of the store she’s hosting a giveaway on her Facebook page! Be sure to go like Buy MACdesigns and share the picture to win this beautiful pillow!!!

Okay! Back to pregnancy stuff πŸ™‚

Baby Growth: This week Leo is measuring about 6 inches from head to bottom and weighs about 8 ½ ounces (weight of an heirloom tomato). At our appointment Monday he or she was weighing right at 8 and they said that’s perfect for this age πŸ™‚ It’s cool to see that ALL the senses are developing! It’s a good reminder for Zach and I to be mindful about what we say and how we say it b/c Leo can ALWAYS hear us now πŸ™‚ This picture creeps me out…I’m SO glad Leo looked nothing like this pretzel baby at our ultrasound!!!

My Symptoms:

Hormones are def in full swing. I can cry at the drop of a hat. And I can’t make myself stop crying either once I start. I am more short-tempered than usual (which I HATE). And just feel an overall sad feeling. Maybe it’s a Disney hangover? Too much wonderful perfection for that whole week so I crashed this week? πŸ˜‰ 

I truly just wish I could live in a little bubble and not have to deal with anything or anyone at all except my little family. Disney week was pretty much that way and it was just Heaven. Real life isn’t as wonderful! Stress of life sucks. Other people can be hurtful. Decision making isn’t all that great. Blah! Vacation mode is THE BEST. 

Even though my “Emilyness” isn’t so great…and I don’t like where I am emotionally with several things, I am LOVING being pregnant. Like loving. And I can cry just thinking about possibly only getting to go through this experience one more time!!! I will be a MESS when it’s my last baby for sure!

I’ve had a good bit of cramping in my lower stomach this week and def think it’s the round ligament pains starting. If I stand up or move suddenly I’ll get occasional stabbing/sharp pains that only last for a second. 

I’ve only had headaches when I cry too much, and even then they aren’t too bad and I can manage them pretty well. The Spark + Mountain Dew + Tylenol trick works well! Dry eyes are another mega crying side effect and that’s harder to fix. The area ALL around my eyes gets red? And they hurt SO bad. I load up on eye drops but the only real solution I’ve found is sleep!

Weight: I didn’t weigh last week and I forgot to weigh yesterday so I did it this morning and have gained 2 lbs. So I’m officially in the baby weight adding phase! I can tell I’ve gained too. My stomach is def starting to be more obvious! And I just FEEL bigger!

Gender: Well…I actually have the answer to that question in this envelop sitting right here in front of me on my desk!!!!

Zero percent tempted to open it! Y’all NOTHING beats that moment when the baby is born and hearing that news. Nothing! Why would I want to ruin that?!?! I can see if it was my first baby maybe being tempted to know…but I’m not! 

The plan is to finalize baby bedding choices with the designer this week and then send the envelop to my Top Secret Friend who will let the designer know which set to mail me πŸ™‚ I’m excited about this! Something new for Leo that we’ve never done before πŸ™‚

I wasn’t feeling one way or the other about the gender, even after the appointment, but because Leo and Kye shared the EXACT same stats at the 18 week ultrasound, I now think BOY again! That may change though for sure πŸ™‚

Maternity Clothes: Old Navy had a big sale awhile back on their maternity jeans (and y’all they have THE BEST maternity jeans!) so I did buy a pair b/c I don’t have any skinny type ones. They arrived and I tried them on…and they are a little too big still. My jeggings that have been WAY too big are now fitting me better though. I still think maternity clothes are awhile off, but regular clothes are trickier!

Movement: Seriously y’all it brings my heart so so so much joy. I wish this feeling could never end. When everything else may seem to be falling apart around me, I feel those precious kicks and I’m just thankful and overwhelmed with reminders of how truly blessed I am. I love this baby SO much already!!!

Sleep: I’ve been going to bed earlier this week and it helps. I’ve had a lot on my mind and heart and that makes sleeping more difficult. I toss and turn a lot. And being back home I’m not sleeping as well. I just don’t like our bed? And the cat always ends up sleeping like right on top of my head, which I don’t mind, but when I go to move him or I turn over or something he will BITE me! Um, not cool!!! No dreams or anything this week to report. 

Cravings: While it may not have been the best week in a lot of areas…it was pretty awesome in the food one πŸ˜‰ I treated myself to Subway for lunch and enjoyed EVERY bite! The kids even tried my sandwich and Kye asked for seconds of it! And they both liked my salt and vinegar chips (I didn’t let them try the root beer haha). 

I wanted to do something nice for Zach when we got back from Disney so I got some orange soda and vanilla ice cream from Publix! We LOVE the orange floats at Disney but the day we planned to get them it ended up being SUPER cold out so we skipped it this trip! I thought this treat would make up for it πŸ˜‰ It was funny though b/c we had these and Zach had eaten some chips for his dinner that night prior to us making them and had left the chips sitting out. Well guess what? I devoured the chips but barely drank the float! This pregnancy is alllll about the salty cravings!!!

Another big food love this week has been Kraft Mac and Cheese. I grew up eating it quite often and have just been craving it hardcore lately. I made it two nights for dinner this week and then, ironically, Mrs. Charlotte had us over to eat and she happened to make it too! In honor of my mega craving I posted this pic on Instagram πŸ™‚ Btw…the best combo is to mix half a box of the original noodles with a half a box of the spirals. Then for a “side dish” have an open faced sandwich (which is a piece of bread with peanut butter on it). YUM. Kye and Britt both LOVED it too πŸ™‚

What I Miss: Disney Week Bliss!

Best Moments of the Week: Pretty hard to top this beautiful picture of our sweet baby! By far the best pregnancy moment was our amazing appointment Monday!!!

Kye has been beyond precious about Leo this week. He rubs my tummy and “tickles the baby” and always asks if the baby is kicking. He loves talking about it and loves making plans for when we go to the hospital to get the baby. He is SO excited to be a big brother again, and it’s so sweet! He’s also had an extra fun week with it being his birthday week πŸ™‚ I think this transition to him turning 5 hasn’t been as tough emotionally for me b/c I know I have another little baby coming to love on!!!

We went to eat at Mrs. Charlotte’s Thursday night and Big Daddy and Little Mama stopped by to see us. I showed them the picture of Leo and Big Daddy was so, so adorable. He started crying!!! Like had to leave the room and get a tissue!!! It melted my heart and made me feel so good that he’s so excited about our little baby πŸ™‚ It also made me feel good that Zach said he couldn’t stop looking at Leo’s ultrasound picture and that seeing Leo has made him much more excited too. 

I went to get my hair done this week (which is always a favorite thing!) and it was hilarious how everyone reacted when they saw me. I just don’t look pregnant at all in real life. I do my best to TRY to look pregnant in pictures but when my hair stylist saw me she about died b/c she was like “where is that belly?!?!” Later that same day I ran an errand and had someone tell me I don’t look pregnant either and same thing at church! I def don’t look almost halfway through pregnancy, but I feel like the day is coming soon when it’s just gonna be BAM! pregnant!!!

Questions/Concerns: Totally unrelated to pregnancy but I forgot to ask at my foot appointment about this! I have this random shooting pain in my big toe. I wonder if it’s a side effect of the shot? Zach said it could be my toe getting feeling back in it? 

I need to probably print off my birth plan to take to my next appointment and have Stacy go over it with me! I want to know if there are things they have eased up on now πŸ™‚

I need registry help!!!! What high chair do you have and do you like it? My old high chair was a BEAST to clean. So my #1 priority in a new one is being easy to clean!!! So any baby led weaning mamas…I especially wanna hear from you!!! I do want a legit high chair (not one that goes in a seat) because we often have company and need all of our chairs available! I’ve done a little research and have actually seen several baby led weaning mamas say they own this high chair from Ikea…I mean I LOVE the fact that it’s only $20 but it’s hard to imagine that being a truly great chair??!?! Anyone own it and have any insight? 

I’m also on the hunt for a new baby monitor. Our video monitor is close to 5 years old now and it’s time for a new one. Plus we need something to be able to see all three kid’s rooms (with Kye moving upstairs I WILL continue to have a video monitor in his room!!!) I really have been happy with the Summer Infant brand we have and found this one that allows for four cameras with a split screen to see them all at once! Anyone own it? Or own another video monitor with ability to see multiple rooms at once that you recommend???

With this being my third child I obviously don’t need as much stuff as a first time mom…but I also want to hear from more new moms on what new stuff is out now!!! SO much changes in the world of baby and I want to make sure I know about the latest and greatest things! What are YOUR recommendations???? Your favorites? Must haves? Let me know!

Goals for the Week: We do our taxes (duh…duh…duhhhhhh) Monday so I’m praying that goes well. I have put the van hunt on the back burner for now. I just can’t worry with it yet. We’ll see how taxes go and then maybe talk about it then. We’ll see. 

I’d love to get on it with more Bradley stuff. It’s hard to do it alone though and it’s hard to remember to get Zach to do it with me. We’ve yet to have a single night of working on Bradley together πŸ™ 

Nothing major planned for this week which is a nice breather as this past week was filled with appointments! I need to start hardcore shoe hunting as it’s def warming up outside! And I need to get rolling more with the registry stuff!

I do want to update my blog sidebar and add Leo’s picture to it too!!!

Belly Pictures: I tried SO HARD this week to find an outfit to make me look more pregnant for y’all haha. I legit am wearing leggings as pants (I know, rule breaker!) just to try to make the bump look more obvious πŸ™‚

Notes from Past Pregnancies: You can read about my week 19 with Britt here! Very similar to my week with the same weight gain. Which is a good sign to me as I really don’t wanna gain too much and thought I did well with Britt πŸ™‚ Also pretty similar symptoms too! At the bottom of Britt’s post it compares to Kye’s pregnancy so that makes this easier πŸ™‚ I’m thankful Kye is more into my pregnancy this time than he was last time. He WANTS to feel the baby kick so badly now and didn’t care one bit then πŸ™‚ Britt isn’t super interested but that’s okay πŸ™‚ Let her be the baby while she still can be πŸ˜‰

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Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Love What Matters, Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  1. Chrysti Hedding
    March 8, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    We don't have that high chair, but a number of the places we've visited do. It's super easy to clean. You can buy a tray to go with it, too. The only issue I have with it is you can't get the tray really close to the child to prevent (some) messes. If you have a small child who's a messy eater, food will drop in the child's lap because there's a lot of space between the tray and the seat. Otherwise, it's great!

  2. Katie Fowler
    March 8, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    We have the Antilop high chair and do BLW and I LOVE it. I started out with a nice, expensive Chicco high chair that was cute, but a nightmare to clean. Now that I have switched to the IKEA one? I would never go back. It takes one second to clean and looks good as new.

  3. Rachel
    March 9, 2014 / 12:09 am

    Have you ever done a post on your current must have baby items? Like what you will reuse with Leo, what your getting new, etc?

  4. Abby
    March 10, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    We have the Lorex LW2401 monitor. Like the Summer Infant monitor, you can add up to 4 cameras for the one monitor and you can see them all at once. The only downfall we have had with the monitor is that the battery life doesn't last long, so we end up having to plug it in and charger it after about 2 hours.

  5. J
    March 12, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    We have the IKEA high chair and used it for 2.5 years. It is lightweight, super easy to clean and the legs pop off so it's great to take camping and on any trips. The only downside is that the tray is very far away from child's tummy so there is a lot of space for food to drop onto their lap. This was still and issue with my 2.5 year old. You can buy the cushion, but that is a pain to clean. We decided to splurge on a new high chair for baby#2 and bought the oxo tot sprout high chair. I LOVE this chair, but it is quite expensive.

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19 Weeks Pregnant

Urgent Prayer Request: I mentioned a couple weeks ago to please pray for Titus and the Megow family…right now they are on their way to the hospital again as he’s been having a 20 min long seizure. He’s only 11 months old and Crissy is pregnant so this is extra difficult for her. Please pray that he is okay and that they WILL find the answers they need this time around. He was not scheduled for further testing until July 20th but I hope that they will do the necessary tests TODAY and find solutions. Please lift Seth, Crissy and Titus up in prayer!!!!


One more week left in the first half of my pregnancy!

Baby Growth: Blitzen is currently measuring 6 inches from head to bottom, the size of a large heirloom tomato, and is weighing it at around 8 1/2 ounces (ultrasound showed Blitzen was weighing more than that at 17 1/2 weeks so who knows how much he or she is weighing now!). This week Blitzen’s brain is developing specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. A lot of research has shown that Blitzen is currently able to hear our voices! I’m not one to sit around reading to my tummy, but it’s neat to think that he or she can already recognize our voices πŸ™‚ 

poor thing looks cramped in there!

Belly Picture: Whew! It feels good to straighten my hair after 3 weeks of wearing it curly πŸ˜‰ Some weeks I look less pregnant than others and I think my pictures last week made my tummy look bigger don’t you? Since I’ll be halfway through my pregnancy next week I plan to post an album on Facebook comparing each week πŸ™‚

Along with my weekly count stickers I’m also wearing my La Coco Turquoise Bead Necklace and Turquoise Sea Drop Earrings

In case you’re wondering…I sliced my finger open with a steak knife this week so that’s what’s up with the band aid πŸ˜‰

My Symptoms:  A few headaches, but not major ones and I’ve noticed that they are typically from stress or lack of sleep than from pregnancy. So I honestly think, at this point, that they aren’t as bad as they were when I was pregnant with Kye. I do not drink a caffeine drink everyday to prevent them like I was doing there for awhile, but I will drink one with a couple Tylenol if I feel one starting. So far I haven’t taken more than two Tylenol in one day and haven’t touched my prescription headache medicine.

It says on my Baby Center weekly update that it’s normal for the pregnancy mask to start this week and I’m right on schedule. Boo. My upper lip is def. darker which is so aggravating. I’ve also noticed a sun spot I have on my cheek is way more noticeable as well as a few freckles I never even realized I have across my nose. It says that even scars will be more noticeable during pregnancy…interesting huh?

“Pregnancy Brain” has also started to kick in, I’m not forgetting anything major but I really have to have lists or I’ll forget things. Like I’ll run errands (a big deal when you have a two year old) and then forget where all I was supposed to go or what I was supposed to get while there. Annoying! Mostly though I’ll put something down and not have a CLUE where I put it or walk into a room and not know why I came in there. 

While I LOVE the look of fuller breasts, so much so that I totally want implants when I’m done with the baby making, I really can’t STAND how sweaty they get. You bigger busted ladies: is it ALWAYS like that or do you get used to it and not notice it? If I even walk outside I get a build up of sweat between them and it’s seriously gross. Making me rethink the whole implant thing and maybe just get a nice lift instead b/c normal Emily boobs don’t sweat like this!

I’ve noticed a decent amount of sharp pain in my lower abdomen and I’m happy to read that it’s normal as it’s simply pain from my uterus growing. It is affecting my “mojo” though…when I was pregnant with Kye I didn’t have much interest in that type of thing but this time around I don’t feel as self conscious or ugly and my desire is higher than before. However, this belly is already in the way…plus my child kicks me every 5 seconds which kinda kills the mood…and I felt a mega sharp pain afterwards which scared me. Any good tips from you mommies who have been there?

Many women get constipated when pregnant but I’m having more #2s than usual! I guess that’s normal? I’m also having a little more discharge than before and have noticed my nipples are “tougher” if that makes sense. Maybe they are preparing for nursing? 

Overall I’m ENJOYING this phase of pregnancy…kinda dreading the third trimester b/c I enjoy this energy and being (what I consider) “cute pregnant” but not “huge pregnant!”

Weight: It’s official!!! I’m now GAINING weight! It’s been two weeks since I weighed myself and I’ve gained two pounds (right on target for gaining one pound a week as is suggested during 2nd trimester). I’m now at +1 pound overall. Zach is starting back up with Weight Watchers on Monday and I plan to do the same. Not to lose weight (obviously!) but just to keep track of what I’m eating and make good choices. Michele Duggar did Weight Watchers while pregnant and it helped her to only gain the recommended amount so I’m hoping it’ll just keep me mindful and help me stay on the right path. It’s tough when you’re pregnant not to PIG OUT b/c you feel like you have an excuse since you’re “eating for two.” I just keep remembering how hard it is to lose that weight and how I don’t want to have that struggle again afterwards. I eat when hungry but I don’t eat just because I “can.”

Gender: Kye seems pretty set on this being a “brother” so we’ll see! Still haven’t even DISCUSSED full name options, kinda need to get on that at some point!

Maternity Clothes: Nope! Still bella banding it…but have noticed that my 36C bras are now getting to be too small. I also need new sports bras b/c they aren’t offering enough support. I plan to buy some more loose dresses and skirts to wear b/c they really are the most comfortable and they are something I can wear when I’m not pregnant too!

Movement: I wish I could feel this forever! Even when he or she isn’t moving I can still rub my lower tummy and feel a harder spot where I know the baby is laying. Kinda cool huh?

Sleep: Kye’s cutting his first 2 year molar this week…so he hasn’t been sleeping as usual. Which is HARD. He has only woken up 1-2 times a night but it’s a struggle for me. Um, newborn…middle of the night feedings…not too pumped for that!!!!!

Cravings: I did cave in and make coco-no-bakes again this week! I’ve been dealing with some hurt and I tend to be an emotional eater. It was the first true I-HAVE-to-have-this-NOW craving that I’ve had this pregnancy. I tried and tried to ignore it but Blitzen was persistent! I did give a bunch of them to Crissy so I don’t feel as guilty about it πŸ™‚ I know many of you have asked for the recipe so you can read it HERE to make your own!!!

What I Miss: Nothing, but I am nervous about having TWO kids. Not the logistics so much but more the image of it. Sounds horrible right? But, to me, when you have more than one kid then there is no way of mistaking it…you’re a MOM. I feel too young to be a “MOM”. Next thing you know I’ll be wearing jeans as high as my boobs, driving a van, and having those family decals on the back of it with an image of a daddy, mommy, kids and pets…

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Feeling movement is my FAVORITE thing. I tried to get Kye to put his hand on my belly to feel it and he was not having it. “Do you want to feel the baby kick?” “NO MA’AM!” Maybe sometime he’ll show interest! I do love that he prays for the baby on his own and that he whispers when other people are sleeping. We went to my mom’s because all my family stayed the night there and when we got there everyone was still asleep and he did SO good being quiet. Hope he can get used to that being an all day thing haha!

Questions/Concerns: Intimacy positioning help to avoid pain afterwards, good toys to invest in for Kye to keep him occupied while I’m nursing a million times a day (glad this baby is due near Christmas so I can load Kye up with new stuff!), any Disney tips still! Also need ANY advice on this birth plan I need to write – anything you did/had happen that you would suggest I do? Anything you wish had been different?

Goals for this Week: Zach ended up working from 7am-10pm 3 days this week so a lot of my plan making went out the window, hopefully next week I’ll see more friends! I did cook this week for a change and that was nice (even though I didn’t eat a single bite of it…). House is still clean πŸ™‚ I still have the goal to continue catching up on blogging, get going on Zach’s upcoming birthday, and crack open some BRADLEY!!!!

Notes from Pregnancy #1: At this point last time in my pregnancy I’d gained 7 lb so I’m still doing good on that front (here‘s what my belly looked like at the same stage last pregnancy)! I am having more back pain this time than last time though (I hadn’t had any yet at this point) but my headaches were worse. No one could tell I was pregnant yet, which is the same case now (I got hit on TWICE last week…um AWESOME!!!!!). We met some strangers at the airport in California and told them our baby names and they are the ones who suggested spelling Kye K-Y-E. Kinda funny that they decided that for us b/c at this point we were still undecided πŸ™‚ I felt Kye move for the first time (and I knew for SURE that’s what I was feeling) and I also started to think about ways to organize our house for the baby. I also got fitted for a new bra and went from a 34C to a 36D (I probably need to go get measured again soon!).

Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Love What Matters, Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  1. Jessica Lovett
    July 15, 2011 / 3:21 pm

    I love your pink shirt!!

  2. Amy Darley
    July 15, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    First off, I am praying for Crissy and her baby! I know that has to be hard.Β  She is such a sweet girl and I just pray that God will give her comfort during this hard time.2nd, you look AMAZING!!!! I love the shirt πŸ™‚ my favoritie color!

  3. Oph
    July 15, 2011 / 3:53 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear about the Megow family and I hope they find out what is going on soon.I love these posts πŸ™‚ They give me an inkling of what I may face when I become pregnant. I have another recipe for no bake cookies (well bars) that are healthier so I thought I'd link you to them. They don't taste exactly like noΒ bake cookies but I thought they were wicked yummy! They only haveΒ four ingredients and are made in the microwave. http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/01/microwave-chocolate-peanut-butter-oat-snack-bars.htmlΒ Anyways now that it looks like I'm trying to sell you on these (my bad) I shall say that you look fabulous!

  4. Warren Baldwin
    July 15, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    Saying a prayer for your friend.

  5. Rachael_Copponex
    July 15, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    LOL so I would be the one talking about implants first…Β  from what I know…as long as your boobs aren't "sagging" they aren't sweating, so implant or not, it depends on the shape of your breast.Β  RE: pregnancy brain… I have done garage damage both pregnancies.Β  Once time I forgot to put the car in park (pregnant with Macy) and one time (this was NOT my fault) the emergency chord got stuck on the Xterra's roof rack and stopped the garage door at the very last panel and I clipped it when pregnant with Tripp.Β  HAHA

  6. Amanda Phillips
    July 15, 2011 / 6:41 pm

    First off, I will definitely be praying for your friends (i love her style btw).Β  Secondly, Emily, you seriously CRACK ME UP! I love how you just don't even candy coat anything.Β  As far as the boob thing, I think Rachael is right….I have huge, real boobs so they have no perkiness and omg, I'm totally having a reduction WITH implants (I want smaller, perkier boobs but hate the look of just a reduction) and yes, sweat is disgusting….BLAH!Β  I couldn't help but bust out laughing at the Mom thing……I totally have the stick family stickers and I want a VAN!!! Hahahaha…..I mean dern, all the room in the vans with all the fun upgrades just makes me want one!Oh, and I totally think it's a boy…you are carrying high so that's my guess! You should put a poll thing to see what people think, lol.Β  (yes, I'm a dork and I totally own it ;o)

  7. Week 19 Pregnancy
    March 15, 2012 / 5:31 am

    Β You are so cute! This was a very fun read. I didn't know that fact about "trying" either. You look beautiful already. I wish you all the best. CONGRATS to you and your hubby!

  8. Ashleigh
    August 29, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    Hello from Florida, just read your blog. I can relate n so many ways o you. I am pregnant with my second child. Have a two year old son and I am due in February 2013l by now you have already had your baby. I too am really watching what I eat through the weight watchers program as a lifetime member…I also enjoy watching the πŸ™‚ God bless you! How did the end of your pregnancy go? You look great for 19 weeks! I am 16 weeks andbinhavecinky gained about two pounds…ugh scary!

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