20 Weeks Pregnant!

Halfway there!!! It’s gettin’ real now!

Baby Growth: This week Leo is weighing in around 10.5 oz and is roughly 6.5 inches from head to bottom, 10 inches from head to heel (length of a banana!). Up until this point the measuring has been from head to bottom because the feet are all curled up but now that Leo is stretching out the measurements start going from head to heel…good to know!

 My Symptoms:

Y’all. On Tuesday I went to bed feeling like normal. And Wednesday, I woke up PREGNANT! I swear it was an overnight switch. I felt more pregnant. And my stomach was like WOAH! My belly kinda hurt too? Like it was tender in places and I just didn’t feel “right”. Very achy. My belly stopped being able to “suck in” at all and my boobs are def not sticking out further than it anymore! I also looked in the mirror at it and my belly button is officially an outie! Yes. I’m posting a picture of my belly button for the world to see haha but look at that thing!!! Also that little hole above my belly button? That’s a constant reminder of my belly button ring days…the hole NEVER completely closed and I took the ring out ten years ago.

This week was pretty eventful for us! Over last weekend Zach was in a golf tournament and we had Kye’s family-only birthday celebration. I did SO MUCH better handling everything for this party while pregnant than I did for Britt’s in Dec. Rather than cleaning all day Saturday leading up to the party, I cleaned on Friday. Then I took the kids out of the house Saturday so they wouldn’t mess up how clean it was 🙂 That way I was well rested for the party rather than being exhausted from doing too much in one day! It worked out great and everyone had a fun time!

On Monday we had our taxes done. Ugh. It’s the one time of the year that you wish you made less money and had spent more so you can write stuff off haha! With this being our first year of Dave Ramsey we had a good bit less to write off because we spent so much less and saved so much more. It was tough to hear the amount we owed and our van savings def took a hit BUT I’m beyond proud of Zach for having such a great financial year in 2013 and I’m thankful we did save so much and were able to give so much more to the Lord!

Also on Monday we had our family pictures done! Zach did a spray tan for me Sunday night and I forgot how obsessed I am with it. Seriously! I feel SO MUCH more attractive when I’m spray tanned! I also got to paint my toe nails for the first time in months which was also nice! We always have a great time working with Captured by Colson and I LOVE the images she got of us! I’m posting a couple sneak peak shots in this post 🙂

I also got to spend some time with some good friends this week. As the realization has set in that my life is gonna be over for awhile after Leo arrives I want to make sure to spend time with my little family as much as possible and to get in quality time with my friends as well! I don’t want them to forget about me when I’m in my un-social new-mommy stage 😉 I went to the mix with Kori and also helped my Japanese food craving by going to dinner with Katie! Both nights were so fun and I’m PUMPED for this coming week with two chances to hang with some of my favorites 🙂

In other pregnancy symptom type stuff…

Zach couldn’t sleep one night because I was SNORING! I just read on my weekly update on Babycenter that it’s actually very normal! It’s caused by estrogen! How random is that?!? It suggested sleeping on my side and elevating my head to help, so we’ll try that this week if it happens again. He was so sweet not to wake me but I hate that he didn’t get his rest!

I am still getting round ligament pains when I stand up quickly but they are brief and totally bare able. My back started to hurt again this week too…which isn’t it too early for those aches and pains?!?! My appetite still hasn’t increased much even though I do feel SO pregnant now! Zach says I’m the most picky I’ve ever been since he met me when it comes to food, which is funny for a pregnant person huh? NOTHING really ever sounds good to me to eat. I will pick at my dinner most nights and truly only enjoy breakfast and lunch for the most part. I also have noticed my gag reflex is really sensitive now. I am the one around here who picks up anything icky that may be on the floor and when such an event occurred this week I literally gagged over the sink to wear my eyes were watering from it which is super abnormal for me!

Kye had his 5 year well visit this week and I want to some how blame my error on the pregnancy…however…I made the appointment a year ago so I’m not sure I can?!?! But I guess when I made the appointment I put it in my phone wrong and we got there at 1:00 but they were closed for the weekend and his appointment was actually at 9 am that morning. Oops! We went to a gas station to get slushies since it’s been such a craving for me but they didn’t have orange ones so I didn’t really like it. My craving I guess is specific to orange slushies only! 🙂 

 Weight: I totally forgot to weigh in on Friday! It was a super busy day and it just slipped my mind!

Gender: We finalized the bedding decisions this week!!! I am SO excited! I am putting the gender revealing ultrasound in the mail so the Top Secret Friend can tell the designer which one to send us 🙂 Here is a sneak peak for y’all…it’s the digital design of each option! I hope y’all love it as much as I do! Zach and I are both more excited about this nursery than we have been about either of our others!!!



Pretty much everyone I talk to thinks Leo is a boy. Honestly, I agree. In the beginning of pregnancy I hardcore thought Leo was a boy then I went through a period where I truly had no clue…and now I’m back to boy. While my “plan” was always to have boy first, then two girls, then a boy last…I’m obviously happy EITHER WAY! I liked the idea of the girls being close in age and having a boy at the end so we’d be less likely to spoil him/baby him with him being our last. BUT if it’s the Lord’s plan for us to have three of the same sex, I’d rather have three boys and one girl than three girls and one boy. So Leo being a boy would take the pressure off of baby #4 😉 If we DO have three boys and one girl I truly would be overjoyed to adopt our second daughter someday! And I don’t think I fully appreciate Kye being a boy b/c he was my first and I had nothing to compare him to and didn’t really understand what qualities about him were “boy qualities” and not just “baby qualities” so Leo being a boy would be wonderful to get to appreciate all the boy-ness in a way I didn’t the first time around!  Plus Kye would LOVE a brother and Britt could totally handle two brothers with no problem 😉 I may change my vote, but right now I will truly be surprised if Leo is born and they say “it’s a girl!” b/c I fully expect it to be “it’s a boy!”

Maternity Clothes: So one of my goals for this year is to do a better job packing the kids clothes up as they outgrow them. I know a lot of people go through and pack up ALL of one size before moving to the next size, but I don’t do that. I pack things away usually as I try them on the kids and they no longer fit. Some clothing items can be the same size but fit differently, ya know? Often when I take the clothes up to the attic area to pack them away I get lazy and don’t put them in their proper containers. I’m trying to do better about taking the time to put them away as I go and this week while I was up there I decided to open one of the tubs of maternity clothes. On top were some of the things Robyn had given me and they really looked like stuff Casey could use NOW! I figured it made sense for us to just go through all my maternity stuff together. We are different sizes (hello, she’s like 9 inches or so taller than I am haha) and she’s also further along than I am. So the stuff that will fit us both, she can go ahead and use until I need it or until she’s no longer pregnant 🙂 

She came over Thursday and we went through everything…all FOUR tubs I have filled with stuff! What should have been fun, wasn’t. And I couldn’t exactly figure out why but the more stuff we dug out, the more upset I got. I did find a TON of cute things I plan to go ahead and start wearing and I’m so glad that SO much of my stuff did fit Casey (and omg she looked adorable in it all too! She has that “skinny pregnant” look that makes you want to hate her haha) but for some reason I was just upset. Later that afternoon it hit me that my mom bought me majority of my really really cute maternity stuff. And that I wore all the cutest stuff to my showers and to all the “big events” of my pregnancies. The thought of wearing those clothes for this one when my mom won’t be part of any of the “big events” just really, really hurts. 

I have always been very sentimental when it comes to clothes. I think a lot of it is because I can’t smell? I know smell is linked to memories. That when you smell something it will take you back to a certain moment or childhood memory or something. Since I don’t have that ability, clothes do that of me. I can look at my clothing and instantly remember exactly where I wore it and am mentally taken back to those moments. And seeing all those clothes really did take me right back to happier times with my mom and her excitement with my pregnancies and all the fun times we had together planning and preparing for my babies. 

Feeling that way really made it easier for me to let Casey borrow it all, and I’m glad she will get use out of all the cute dresses! However, I can’t wear them. I don’t know if I will be able to again or not? But I know right now I def can’t. So I brought down a lot of maternity clothes and am thankful I do have so many…but now I’m in need of dresses and the cute clothes to wear for showers and the “big events” that will come along before Leo is born!

I know I may write things here about my feelings and my hurt with missing my family, but honestly I don’t talk about it hardly at all. And hardly ever. I have always expressed myself best through writing and just don’t like to say the words out loud b/c they hurt more that way. I tried to swallow down the hurt I was feeling about the clothes and the memories they brought up to the surface but I could tell it was affecting me. I’ve been working hard at being “less hormonal” (if that’s possible while 20 weeks pregnant haha!) especially when it comes to Zach but feeling that hurt inside made it hard for me to be nice at all! I ended up telling him my feelings and having a bit of a cry about it and I felt silly about it. I mean it’s CLOTHES. I shouldn’t be crying over clothing right?!?! But I love what he said…he told me that there are land mines everywhere around me and that it’s impossible to always avoid them all and it’s also impossible to know when I will hit one. The maternity clothes were an emotional land mine for me, for sure. And that’s okay. 

I am VERY thankful I decided to go through all the clothes with Casey rather than by myself. If I’d been alone it would have been a lot more painful I think and I also wouldn’t have been able to get the things out of my possession like I did when she was here! 

Movement: It’s still very, very often but now it’s also more intense! Like to the point where I can’t stay focused on other things when Leo decides to get active in there. I will say this every single week…I love it. I say it because it truly is the best feeling in the world and I never, ever take it for granted and neither should any other pregnant woman!!!

Sleep: This time change is kicking my buttttt. When I go to bed I’m not tired so I toss and turn to fall asleep. Then it’s super hard to wake up in the morning because I’m so exhausted! I’m still sleeping pretty well and actually haven’t had to get up much in the night at all because with the time change my body thinks it’s earlier than it actually is so I don’t have to pee bad enough to wake up!

Cravings: I had both The Mix (froyo) and Japanese food (shrimp, rice and tonnnns of yum yum sauce) this week and I have to say….I enjoyed the japanese food more than the froyo. How crazy is THAT?!?! 

What I Miss: Not having back pains, not being so hormonal!!! 

Best Moment of the Week: Having our family pictures done Monday afternoon was SO FUN. Seriously! I love, love, LOVE to work with Captured by Colson. We have done so much together now that she just really knows US and it makes the entire experience relaxing and enjoyable for us all. Even Zach enjoyed it!!! And the images show the FUN we had too! She snapped a few “maternity” pics for me and our timing has just been so awesome. Our last photos were taken the day after I found out I was pregnant with Leo and these were taken during my 20th week! Perfect time to document it 🙂 You’ll have to wait for the rest!

When we were getting ready for the pics on Monday I went to get Britt up from her nap and just had on my panties and the cami I wore under the dress. Her reaction was priceless! She said “MOMMY! BABY!” And grabbed my belly right away and was so excited about it haha. Guess my gut was showing 😉 I asked her what she is going to do when she meets the baby. I asked if she’s going to kiss it and she said no. I asked if she’s going to hug it and she said no! So I asked “What are you going to do?” and she said “hold hands hold hands!” it was so cute 🙂 

Kye told me he is so excited for the baby that he doesn’t think he will be able to sleep until the baby gets here! He rubs my belly all the time and insists on kissing the baby before naps and night time. he also LOVES to talk about what we will do at the hospital and what kind of present he wants to buy for the baby 🙂 


  • I need to ask Stacy about Ireland and how to best prepare for the flight and such
  • I need to find some cute maternity dresses! I need a size Small or Medium…if ANYONE has any they are looking to sell let me know…OR if you have a place you recommend looking to buy some I’d love to hear about it! I didn’t buy anything with Britt so it’s been 6 years since I’ve been on the maternity clothes hunt!
  • I also need van opinions! We are thinking our choices are down to most likely being the Toyota Sienna or the Honda Odyssey. If y’all know me with my car seat decisions I always look at the features and not the brand name. I kinda feel like, so far, the Honda is like the “Britax” of minivans. Like everyone gets it b/c “it’s a Honda” just like they buy Britax so often just because the name implies safety, reliability, etc. But there are TONS of equally safe car seats that aren’t nearly as expensive that aren’t by Britax. Ya know? I don’t wanna spend more on a Honda just to say I drive the Honda! So I’d LOVE to hear DETAILS about the vans you own and WHY you love them (or hate them!). Originally I really wanted the Nissan Quest but I haven’t heard many stellar reviews about them? 

Goals for the Week: Bradley! Van research and go see them in person. Get Kye’s new room well underway. Start ordering gifts for all of Casey’s upcoming showers. Get registered for Leo! I REALLY appreciate everything y’all had to say last week!!! We did decide to get the Ikea high chair and try it out, so thank you 🙂  

Belly Pictures: As usual you can find belly stickers like the ones I’m wearing from here!

NO one can say I don’t look pregnant NOW huh?!?! It does make me feel so good to hear so many sweet compliments. Now that it’s more obvious that I’m showing I’ve heard multiple times this week “you are the cutest pregnant girl ever.” And I mean, duh, I know that I’m totally not the cutest one ever but hearing it is so, so sweet 🙂 

Notes from Past Pregnancies: Here is my 20 week post with Britt. Interesting that I was feeling the same pains that I am right now, but they made me so nervous. I am SO thankful for the PEACE I have this pregnancy. I spent so much of my pregnancy with Britt in fear that it made it hard to truly enjoy and savor the process. I am really not doing that this time at all and I’m so thankful 🙂 Also interesting that with both past pregnancies I had a lot of night sweats. It must have been because the weather was warmer? Because so far I haven’t been sweating at all at night! But it’s also winter 🙂 I’m also thankful I have yet to have my “pregnancy mustache” this round. I HATED that with Britt. I have noticed my freckles are darker but the melasma hasn’t popped up…yet. I def look BIGGER this time than I did at this point with Britt huh? The tighter fitting dress is probably helping! Y’all will DIE but I took pics of myself in a bikini at 20 weeks pregnant with Kye! I’m not sure which pregnancy I am favoring more right now? My chest is def much bigger than with Kye but I think my belly is similar? And, no, I will NOT be trying on a bikini to do a comparison picture…

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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, Facebook and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  1. Lindsay Colson
    March 16, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Loved that you enjoyed your photo experience so much and that it was the highlight of your week!! It was a great time for me too! I love me some Parker Picture dates! 😉

  2. Ashley Sanderson
    March 16, 2014 / 11:36 pm

    I want to hear more about this spray tan! I hate being white and I was told I couldn't get a spray tan at the tanning place because of what my skin can absorb. Please tell me I'm wrong! I'd love to get a little color! 🙂

  3. Kelly
    March 19, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    We have an Odyssey and I love it. It's a 2009 so I'm sure the newer ones have more features but I would say I can't live without the automatic side and back doors. You just can't beat a vehicle that is easy for the kids to get in and out of on their own. And it's roomy enough I can cart my sister and her 2 kids around when we go places together. Good luck in your search!

  4. Todd
    July 14, 2014 / 1:50 am

    I'm really glad that you posted a photo of your BEAUTIFUL pregnant belly and as for your jutting outie bellybutton,well,I'd say it looks TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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20 Weeks Pregnant

Officially halfway there!!!!!!! Of course the easier half is behind me…

Baby Growth: Blitzen is now the length of a banana (from head to butt) so 6 1/2 inches long. He or she is about 10 inches from heal to head and is weighing around 10 1/2 ounces.

Belly Picture: Zach had to leave in a hurry this morning so I was thankful Ashley came over so she could snap my picture for me (she did almost all the ones when I was pregnant with Kye too!). I feel like I don’t look 20 weeks pregnant, and no one has commented yet about asking me if I’m pregnant. Even today at Chic-Fil-A a lady had a new baby and I took Kye over to see it (any opportunity to expose him to babies I take!) and I said “you’re going to have a baby like this at home soon” and she totally asked me if he’s already a big brother? Like she couldn’t tell I was pregnant! I really think from the front you can’t tell, but from the side it’s pretty obvious at this point!!!

I’m wearing my Stella and Dot Toujours Necklace, Toujours Earrings and NEW Corso Cuff

 I thought this was cute of Kye looking up at me from his car he was riding around

 I’m also wearing my weekly sticker!

My Symptoms: The most ANNOYING thing is my skin. I totally have discoloration on my upper lip and I HATE it. And knowing I’ll have it for 20 more weeks (or more) makes me feel a little depressed. I feel like it’s worse than my last pregnancy, but it’s probably b/c I’m in the sun more and sun makes it more noticeable. It’s annoying that there isn’t anything you can do about it while pregnant. 

I’ve had one headache this week that was a legit pregnancy induced migraine. It’s wasn’t too bad but even my caffeine and Tylenol cocktail didn’t help.

I have been a little nervous this week…I get these random pains in my lower abdomen that scare me. I read that it’s normal and it’s the uterus stretching but I don’t like it at all. Like it’s sharp enough pain to where I go “oh!” out loud when I feel it and stop what I’m doing. Has anyone else had that? I just don’t remember that at all with Kye. I also think I may have peed myself this week…which is another first for me (book I found that discusses each week of pregnancy, called Your Pregnancy Week by Week, said it’s typical to pee yourself a little starting this week but it’s still so GROSS). I was in the kitchen making Kye’s dinner and laughed and had to go change my underwear! It’s a negative of not being able to smell b/c I don’t know if it was pee or clear discharge or what. But since then I’ve been nervous about it. I have had more discharge than normal and I think I read somewhere that if it smells funky that’s a bad sign? I guess poor Zach will have to smell it next time it happens! It’s something I plan to ask Stacy about for sure and it’s actually crossed my mind to call up there and ask. The pains combined with the discharge/pee junk just kinda scares me! I really do think I’m just a LOT more nervous this time around. 

I’ve been more tired this week than I have been lately and I think a lot of it is due to the three nights in a row I stayed up past midnight over the weekend. I took Kye on a walk to the park yesterday morning and it’s a mostly uphill walk. It only takes me about 8 minutes to get there and I was DYING. Like exhausted. And drenched in sweat. I’m so nervous about Disney!!! Not that I won’t tough it out, but that I won’t get to FULLY enjoy it the way I really want to ya know?

Weight: I’m annoyed. I gained 2 lbs. this week. And I just don’t understand! I’m not dieting but I’m being SO cautious about what I’m eating. Zach started back at Weight Watchers this week and I planned to do the same but when I looked it all up, I should be eating MORE points than I am each day! I know I always heard Michelle Duggar did Weight Watchers while pregnant with all her kids just to keep her weight gain in check and I LOVED the idea but how many points should I be eating? I refuse to eat MORE! I don’t see how that would help me manage it? I am thinking about trying to drink 32 oz of water a day. Right now I’m not drinking any…I have milk at breakfast, koolaide at lunch, and typically a caffeine drink at dinner. I feel like the caffeine drink isn’t help my weight gain so I’m going to stop doing that unless I feel a headache coming on. But would drinking water help??? Now that Casey’s engaged and getting married most likely at the end of March I CANNOT gain as much weight as I did last time. I simply cannot go through all that again with weight loss. I need to probably step it up with the exercise too? I know if I got into the routine of walking to the park with Kye it would help and it would prepare my body for Disney but have you WALKED outside? It’s beyond hot. Any suggestions from anyone would be VERY helpful!!! I know the books say I should have gained 10 lbs by this point and then gain 1 lb per week from here on out. I just remember last time I gained majority of my weight at the end of pregnancy 🙁

Gender: This week Kye said the CUTEST thing. If you ask him he consistently says he’s going to have a brother and the baby is going to be a boy. However, we were laying in his bed (we cuddle non-stop now…HEAVEN!) and I told him that I love him and that I love the baby in my belly. He said “I wanna go hear my little sister” I asked what he meant and he said “when I got the sucker.” So he was referring to the ultrasound. It was SO precious to me that he remembers “hearing” the baby (guess the heartbeat?). And even today he said he’s going to help me carry the baby and bring it home. I’m excited for our 4d ultrasound that I scheduled for September! I’m also to the point where people who know I’m pregnant ask what we’re having since they know I’m far along enough to know! It’s so fun to say “I could know but we don’t like to find out.” When I booked the 4D ultrasound the girl even said “I’m assuming you don’t want to know the gender since you didn’t with your first one right?” That’s RIGHT! oh! One thing I forgot to mention…I think we have a full girl’s name decided! And we’re pretty sure on the full boys name too, still want to hunt for other ideas to make sure but we’re the closest we’ve been yet to having Blitzen a REAL name!

Maternity Clothes: Nope, still Bella Band! Shirts are getting tighter and I’m more selective about which ones I wear b/c I am starting to fear stretching things out. I’m hoping on my way to Atlanta this Sunday I can find a couple new dresses at the outlets b/c they really are my favorites.

Movement: I am seriously going to miss it SO MUCH. It’s like my favorite feeling in the WORLD. It’s so often and so constant and I just adore every second of it. 

Sleep: When I’m out, I’m OUT. I’m waking up very sweaty though and we’ve been lowering the thermostat to 73 at night for awhile now (keep it at 75 during the day) but I think the time has come to lower it even more…Zach probably won’t be too pleased about that. I hate waking up all sweaty though, especially since I shower at night. I still need new sports bras too as my breasts will hurt in the mornings.

Cravings: No new ones to report! Still all the same. I eat peanut butter almost every day…don’t have as much of a seafood craving either and the other day the strawberry koolaide wasn’t as yummy. I’d say Cosmic Brownies are still my main one. This week I’ve also wanted a lot of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

What I Miss: With Kye being SO sweet to me and cuddling with me so much and being so loving, I get a little sad. Soon the day will be here where I can’t lay in his bed with him for 30 min after his nap just loving on him and being silly together. I’m zero percent worried about sharing my love with another child..I just feel sad to have to share my time. I know with preschool the baby will get plenty of alone time but what about Kye? I’m thankful the baby will nap so often at first so we can spend special time just the two of us during Blitzen’s morning and evening naps!

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Kye saying he wants to hear his little sister 😉 Best overall moment was Kye FINALLLLLLLY said he loves me for the first time EVER! He’s a stubborn kid and simply refused to say it. The other day we were cuddling and I said “I love you” and he hugged me then said “I love you.” MELTED my heart. Yesterday he even said “I love Mommy” when he hugged me and said “I love Daddy” to Zach which made his day 😉 

Questions/Concerns: The whole pee/discharge thing, the random pains. Also I have printed off some stuff and been reading up on birth plans to write mine – with Kye we had him stay in the nursery at night and only be brought to me for feedings, I’m thinking of having the baby stay in our room this time. Has anyone done that? Was it a good experience? I’m also thinking I’ll stay more days in the hospital. I only stayed exactly 24 hours and I think it might be better to stay more and let people visit us there instead of worrying with a clean house with visitors? Any opinions on that? Of course that means that Kye would have to stay with someone for that time which I’m not crazy about either! So many decisions!!!

Goals for the Week: I’ve started working on doing kegals to help with this potential pee issue. I have ALL the Bradley stuff out I just need my coach to go over it with me and get this thing started! Before I got pregnant I swore I’d start it all right when I got a positive test…then I swore right after the first trimester started…then I swore right when I hit the halfway point. Well I’m NOT waiting until I’m 8 months pregnant again like I did last time so the time is NOW! Also need to get this birth plan rolling. Hoping to find all the house stuff needed with Danielle this week to get this place DONE. I’m over decorating! I feel EXCITED to be halfway done with my pregnancy but a little stressed too as I realize I have SO much left to do before Blitzen arrives.

Notes from Pregnancy #1: This time last pregnancy I didn’t have any headaches but I was feeling very unattractive (I know that feeling!). I also got a mini-nesting itch and started hardcore organizing our kitchen to make room for everything baby. And I started having the same sweat issues at night sleeping like I am now! Zach felt the baby move for the first time and I got to show Nana (we went down to Melbourne) our ultrasound video and she cried. So special. It was my last birthday celebration with her involved, so that’s special to me now. All our nursery furniture came which was exciting! I spent an ENTIRE day online looking up baby things to register for. Ahhh…the days of having ZERO life!!! haha. We also decided Aunt Karen and Barry would be the caregivers of our child if something were to happen to us and we met with them to discuss it before drawing up a will (if you don’t have one YOU NEED ONE!!!!).

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, Facebook and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  1. Crissymegow
    July 23, 2011 / 12:37 am

    ummm, how do you drink zero water? or did I read that wrong?  I down 32 oz before lunch, easy!  I drink so much water it's not even funny.  Today at work (i drive all around and work out of my car) I forgot to pack my water bottle and ended up at 1:00 going to the gas station and buying the BIGGEST bottled water they had, opened up right there and chugged half of it b4 I even paid for it (total tacky, I know). lol!  YES, drink more water!Also, I would totally agree that having visitors at the hospital are totally easier, and helps the hubby stay entertained.  We totally don't mind helping out with Kye, why would it bother you that he has to stay with someone while you are in the hospital? you guys travel a lot?

  2. Tiffany
    July 23, 2011 / 12:50 am

    Drinking more water would definitely help. Shoot for 64 oz. or more per day to help flush out the excess. I wouldn't be surprised at all if that extra pound is purely excess water. You look adorable though!

  3. Ashley Troutman
    July 23, 2011 / 3:40 am

    I remember having those round ligament pains right at 20 weeks…they were HORRIBLE!  But thank goodness they only last a week.  I kept a heating pad nearby and it was the only time my entire pregnancy that I took Tylenol.  Also, I stayed at the hospital for 48 hours, per the pediatrician's request, but I am glad I did.  It was nice to have the extra help since I had no clue what I was doing.  I decided not to room-in with Preston so I could rest, but I wish I had kept him with me.  I feel like I would have had a better start with breastfeeding.  They didn't bring him to me every 3 hours like they were supposed to so I think it definitely had a negative impact on us working on his latch.  Also, definitely drink more water.  I didn't gain anything until the end, but I still only gained 16 lbs.  I took a Bubba Keg to school and drank at least one of those while at school, then another one at home.  I was so busy I didn't have time to snack, but I did keep unsalted almonds at my desk since they were a good source of protein.  

  4. Christi
    July 23, 2011 / 11:14 am

    You'll have more round ligament pains with each pregnancy.  Also, please drink water.  I think pg ladies are supposed to drink like 60 oz a day.  If you don't it can cause dehydration which can cause pains and contractions.You look fantastic and as long as you're eating well then you're doing what you can.  

  5. Agrace44
    July 23, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    Emily- For exercise i ride my bike everynight with my son who is 2 1/2. He loves it. I am 19 weeks pregnant. It makes me feel better when i exercise. I also had round ligament pain in my left side it hurt so bad i had to leave work one day this week. I was freaking out of course.. called my midwife and she just told me plenty of water & rest. I love reading your blog. Kye sounds like a sweet little boy.. My lil guy is a total mama's boy.. i loveee it!

  6. Forddygirl
    July 23, 2011 / 1:04 pm

    1. Round ligament pain sucks but is totally normal. I didnt have it with Mack, but with Rhyan it would almost make me cry 🙁 But try not to worry about it! It really is normal!2. Girlfriend, you have GOT to drink more water. Koolaide counts for koolaide… not water anymore! haha! You, and that sweet baby, need some pure, no sugar added water for sure! 60oz a day is what they say you need when you're NOT preggo! I worked to make sure i got in 40oz per day w/ Mack of just water (i'm not good at drinking it, either, so i sympathize!). But yes, work on that!3. I know you dont want to gain too much weight, but my dr says the biggest weight gain usually comes between 20-28 weeks (i think i gained 9lbs in those 2 months… i thought i would DIE!… but i only gained a total of 32 so i guess it all evened out). If you're eating well, i would try not to worry. 4. I would stay in the hospital longer this go round. YOu'll appreciate the help. And i'd let the baby stay in the nursery at night. I tried keeping mack w/ me and omgosh, i was exhausted. You'll need the rest even more with having to come home to Kye!5. I'm with Chrissy… why would it bother you for him to stay w/ someone? It'll be great for him to get some last minute attention thats all about him and let you guys get some rest before it all gets crazy 🙂

  7. Amy Draper Darley
    July 23, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    wow 20 weeks already!!! It seems like just yesterday when we found out you were pregnant!!!

  8. Crissymegow
    July 25, 2011 / 5:36 pm

    my babes sleep in the nursery at night and they bring them to me for feedings,,poor Titus came every hour it seemed like, haha!

  9. Week 20 Pregnancy
    March 14, 2012 / 6:35 am

    you are looking adorable… and look forward to following along!

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