23 Weeks Pregnant

Heads up about Disney posts…we are going out of town over the weekend so they will resume Monday and next week will be a ton of awesome Disney magic so get crunk πŸ˜‰

Baby Growth: Leo is 11 inches long and weighs over a pound (about the size of a mango). He or she can feel when I dance…I mean I’m not a big dancer but I may have to bust out the Frozen soundtrack with the kids this week! We should start to be able to see the movement on the outside of my tummy…which is always fun. Also I need to start running the vacuum and letting the kids make a lot of loud noises b/c whatever loud sounds Leo adjusts to now, they say, won’t bother him or her after birth.

My Symptoms: I spent a good bit at the start of this week prepping for the BIG move for Kye from his current room to his new room upstairs. When we built our house this was always the plan! When baby #3 came along Kye would move up so the baby could have a room downstairs. When #4 comes, Britt will move up too! Even though I’ve been mentally prepared for this for years, having the time come was still difficult emotionally. It was also a good bit more work than I had thought. I mean you think “he’s just moving rooms” but that actually means moving all of his stuff. I am super mega hardcore about making transitions easy and positive experiences for the kids so I did NOT let Kye see my sadness about his big move. He was BEYOND thrilled and moved a ton of the stuff himself!!! He asked me to take pictures of him to send to all of the family πŸ™‚ We stacked up everything we could on Friday so Saturday morning when Jordan came to help Zach move the furniture that all the small stuff would be out of the way!

The last night having him across the hall. Zach and I both felt emotional about it but it all went great! We moved him first thing Saturday morning so he napped in there that afternoon and it has been a very, very easy transition for us all. It does make me really, really excited for Leo to arrive. Passing that empty room all the time makes me eager to fill it up with baby things and to have a sweet little one to love on πŸ™‚ Up next is Britt’s move to the big girl bed from the crib…crossing fingers that goes as smoothly!

This week I’ve really noticed my belly being in the way. I know I’m pregnant but in the day-to-day rush of life i don’t think about it all that much. Until I go to bend over the sink to pluck my eyebrows…ouch! We have high sinks and I’m short so I can’t bend easily to get close enough to see them to pluck them and they were looking rough there for awhile haha. I got a good bit of cleaning done one morning and didn’t even notice that my belly was all wet!!! And when Zach went to spray tan me last night he had to bend over to get the underside of my belly haha. It’s def getting to that point that there is NO mistaking I’m pregnant!

I will go ahead and get the TMI update out of the way now…so you are warned to SKIP this paragraph if you don’t want to know this. I have been noticing a good bit of discharge issues lately. Like it will feel like I’m peeing my pants but it’s not pee. Gross, yes. But it’s really, really annoying b/c I have to drop everything and RACE to the bathroom all the time. So I decided the time had come to bust out the panty liners. I wore them for two days and then the evening of night two I noticed that my privates hurt. Very tender and sore when I walked. I looked “down there” but I mean who ever looks at that junk? Not me! So I had no clue what I was even looking at haha. I had Zach check and he said it was swollen pretty bad. I don’t know if maybe I have an issue with the panty liner? Maybe they were a scented kind and that irritated me? Or maybe just wearing them rubbed me the wrong way? It was NOT a fun experience having a painful private though! I ended up putting a lot of Vaseline down there and it’s getting better. But I’m not sure what to do moving forward??? Try the panty liners again??? Or don’t?

If I stand up too fast then I do get sharp, quick pains under my belly. I didn’t have ANY headaches this week! And Zach and I FINALLY did one night of relaxation from Bradley. Obviously we need to do it every night but at least it’s a start. I slacked a bit on my exercises because I’ve been prepping all week to get ready for our little trip this weekend with Zach’s family. Which also meant a lot of bending over and a lot of back pain. I ended up moving the utensil storage thing from the dishwasher to the counter just so I wouldn’t have to keep bending over to load it every time the kids and I ate. Lazy? Yes. But at this point my mind revolves around ways to save my back! Even though my back is bothering me, I do feel like I have a bit more energy. I cooked several nights this week which isn’t a usual occurrence these days!  

Emotionally I have had a few rough spots this week. I ended up coming to Zach and crying and sharing with him how lonely I felt. March Madness has ruled our house here lately and I just missed spending time together and didn’t feel like he wanted to spend time with me. Being with kids all day long can be isolating and lonely and looking ahead and knowing what the future holds with a newborn: that life will REALLY be over for awhile! That makes it even more lonely b/c I know this time is the only time i have to really enjoy myself and enjoy my time with Zach! Thankfully he was very receptive to my feelings and I think it meant a lot to him to hear me say I missed him! We reconnected Saturday night which was super thoughtful of him and have done a lot better job throughout this week at making each other a priority. 

Another emotional feeling is kinda frustration. I know a first time pregnancy is hard. I know life as a first time mom is crazy hard too. But each pregnancy is actually more difficult than the first one. And adding more children when you have children is more difficult each time as well. Yet I feel like people don’t get that? This pregnancy is much more difficult on me than the past (hello back pain! hello foot issues I never had! hello having NO BREAK since Britt isn’t in school yet!) yet I feel like I do more by myself and have less help than I have in the past too. Same for Zach. Life is more stressful for him too b/c he’s adding a third kid and that’s another mouth to feed and another family member to provide for! And when this baby comes we are gonna have more of an adjustment than we did when Kye and Britt were born. I try super, super hard to be mega supportive of mama’s who give birth to their second, third, etc babies bc I do feel like society as a whole just doesn’t give those babies, or their parents, the attention and help they deserve! I mean after Britt was born we had to literally ask people to bring us food b/c hardly anyone volunteered to help! That’s sad! I am trying to be realistic about it all and am planning to freeze meals in advance and also to go ahead and PLAN for the help I’ll need. I even thought I might try to buy a couple food gift cards for us each month so when that time comes we’ll have them and it won’t hurt our budget having to eat out. While I hate asking for help, I’d rather go ahead and make the plans now for it than have a break down like I did after having Britt and be sobbing asking for it in the moment! 

Finally on the emotional front I know many of you follow Danielle’s blog and have heard about her brother’s sudden passing earlier this week. I know all moms share the pain of her brother’s wife. While it’s so sad to think about Danielle losing her brother and her parents losing their son…my heart is just truly broken for this mama who is grieving the death of her husband while having four children to care for. Including a precious six month old who will never know her Daddy. I think as a mom it’s a fear we all share. We fear losing our children and we fear losing our husbands. We have been praying without ceasing for this family and if I hear word of a way to help them, I will be sure to pass it along. 

Weight: I weighed myself Sunday morning and was at +4 lbs over all. Weighed myself this morning and am now at +6! I gained 2 pounds in less than a week? Not good!!! But I feel like there isn’t much I can do to prevent that??? I’m drinking water, being plenty active, and eating well. I can’t let a number stress me out!

Gender: I will be TOTALLY SHOCKED if we hear “it’s a girl.” I picture a boy in my mind all the time and my stomach 100% looks the exact same as it did with Kye.

Maternity Clothes: It’s funny how differently I’m carrying this pregnancy compared to last time. I’m putting on the same dresses I wore while pregnant with Britt but they do not fit me the same way they did then. While it can be frustrating to often have to try on multiple things before finding something that works, it’s also kinda fun to create new looks from the clothes I have! I did try to wear a maternity top this week but it flared out at the bottom and that drives me insane. I won’t wear shirts that are borderline too short or that flare out like that! 

I did go through and try on my bathing suits for the trip this weekend. I actually have two maternity bathing suit tops but when I tried them on they were NOT cute. My boobs with Britt were NOT this big and I really need support in that area! I tried to look at Target for a new suit because Casey had some luck there but I couldn’t find a single thing. Thankfully it worked out where I could go for a couple hours solo around town one afternoon while Zach kept the kids. It’s impossible to do legit shopping with a two year old! I walked our entire mall and went to several other places and was pretty discouraged by the lack of selection. I did enjoy the chance to park at the pregnancy parking spot though!

Finally I ended up at TJMaxx. I liked their prices much better than other places I had been (I’m not going to pay over $100 for a bathing suit I’m hoping to only be wearing this summer!!!) so I grabbed a ton of different sizes and hit the dressing room. I really wanted one pieces but they don’t sell maternity ones so it was a guessing game. I found this one and one other one for only $25 each! They are both a size 14. Def not a size I’m used to seeing…BUT they both have a good bit of room in them for growth. The chest is plenty big and there is room in the crotch for when I’m bigger in the belly and it stretches. I’m crossing fingers they will work the duration of my pregnancy as well as the days of postpartum after.

I also went into Victoria’s Secret and had them size me. She said I’m still a 36 C which I told her has to be wrong b/c my 36 C bra started being painful quite awhile ago. I showed her my current 36 D bra and told her I’m nervous about that lasting too much longer in size. I had to buy a new one b/c it’s my only bra that big and the strap is broken πŸ™ Sad. So I ended up trying a 38 D and like that it has room to grow. I went with that and am hoping it works for a long time too! It’s another way that this pregnancy is so like Kye’s….my boobs are WAY bigger this time than they were with Britt!

Movement: Doing great! It was so cute to see the little jump at the appointment Monday πŸ™‚ 

Sleep: I haven’t been able to get in the bed as early as I’d like to this week but I have slept well. I only got up once in the night to pee which is good. And I’m sleeping well on my left side!

Cravings: As part of our reconnecting night Saturday Zach surprised me with Aligatu for dinner!!! Gah y’all it was SO amazing. I ate it super super slowly so I could really enjoy each bite. We always laugh at how they give the soups to us in a Bug Light carrying case b/c it’s the only time you’ll see alcohol related stuff in our home!!! Zach didn’t even like it being in our trash can haha. 

I have really been craving water which probably means I’m not drinking enough of it. If I do have something sweet I really only want sugary candy and one little roll of smarties or a single thing of fun dip hits the spot! I do have a craving for sweet tea and haven’t had it for quite awhile. Courtney and I went to dinner this week which was super fun! We actually ate Mexican which I would never normally suggest but chips have been on my craving list and I did enjoy my nachos! 

What I Miss: Being pain free with my back and the CUTENESS of my last pregnancy. I mean seriously y’all I felt confident while pregnant. It wasn’t that way my first pregnancy and it’s not that way this time either. I thought maybe I felt so unattractive during my first pregnancy because I gained a good bit more weight and because I wore a lot of maternity clothes…but I haven’t gained much this time and I’m not really into the maternity clothes thing yet but still I just feel UGLY. Like I know I am not “cute pregnant” and it stinks b/c you really just don’t have any control over that!!! I can’t make my stomach be different than it is haha. People still comment saying I don’t look pregnant and at this point, it ain’t no compliment. I know they don’t think I look pregnant due to the fact that I have gained ALL THE WAY AROUND so I do just look like a muffin top mama. Not cool! So I do miss feeling cute and looking cute like I did last time around and I hope that next pregnancy I can feel that way again (esp b/c it may be my last!)

Best Moment of the Week: Of course hearing that sweet heartbeat was wonderful πŸ™‚  Britt being there was so precious! I think it helped her feel more connected to Leo for sure. This week she was drawing a picture and I always ask her what she’s drawing and she said “the baby!”

Van life has BEGUN! It was TOUGH writing what I’m pretty sure was the biggest check I’ve ever written. But I really have embraced the whole “soccer mom” thing and I truly do LOVE my van! I also like having this whole process finished and now we can get focused on the next thing πŸ˜‰

Having Saturday night with Zach was very special to me. It meant a lot to me that he listened to my feelings and didn’t brush them off as “pregnancy hormones” and instead made me feel special! I took Britt to run errands Wednesday morning and it was so frustrating. I mean I love her and she’s precious but it’s TOUGH to get stuff done with her with me! It ended up working out where I could go back out that afternoon JUST ME and I didn’t realize how badly I needed that. I truly just enjoyed myself. I listened to my music in the car. I browsed the mall and didn’t feel rushed. I read through cards to buy for people and could actually think about what the words said. It was true ME TIME and I really didn’t realize it but that’s something I need more of. It truly renewed my spirit and I came back home in a much better place with everyone! 

Also this week I took some maternity pictures for Casey! It’s hard to believe she’s already 30 weeks pregnant. I don’t think I have EVER been so excited for someone else’s baby other than my own. I can’t wait to see Branch and hold him and to see Casey as a mom and Jordan as a dad. It’s truly SUCH an exciting time! I’m excited that our babies are so close in age but I also hope I am able to really truly be there for Casey when she gives birth. I am just SO EXCITED!!! Not just for them but for me too! haha! I was a little nervous about taking these pictures for them because, as you know, I am NOT a photographer. At all. By any means. But she knew that going in and they all turned out really good! Here is a sneak peak at one of my favorites! 

This week has also been BEAUTIFUL weather! I did lay out a little bit to get a base tan started and really enjoyed it. My tummy got a little burned but otherwise it was a nice break. I read majority of Preschoolwise and hope to finish it soon. So many good tips for the stage Britt is about to enter and the stage Kye is quickly leaving!


  • Nervous for the sleeping situation this weekend! Anytime you travel away from home and are pregnant it’s a concern! Hopefully the van is a copregmfortable ride there as well πŸ™‚
  • Colt has had hand foot and mouth this past week so we’re all a little nervous about that on the trip too. Hopefully Payton didn’t get it and hopefully none of us do either! I called Southern OB and they said just to avoid contact as much as possible!
  • I saw something about the “pulse ox” test floating around Facebook. I haven’t had a chance to read the article yet but need to and want to know more about that. 

Goals for this Week: Enjoy Kye’s spring break! Get rolling on the shower Courtney and I are co-hosting for Casey. Get rolling with decorating Kye’s room as well as transitioning Britt to the big girl bed. Get back in a good routine with bradley exercises!

Belly Pictures: Just a little “insider info” I put my hands on my hips for a REASON. My reason used to always be b/c it makes your arms look thinner…my reason during this pregnancy is b/c I have intense love handles and massive amount of back fat. Gross. Putting my hands there makes me appear to have more of a “basketball” belly than I actually have. Trust me. This junk is PURE football shaped!!!

Notes from Past Pregnancies: You can see my post from Britt’s pregnancy here! There are also links to posts from Kye’s pregnancy at the bottom πŸ™‚ It’s interesting that both pregnancy #1 and this time this week I felt sad about not getting quality time with Zach. πŸ™‚ That has to make him feel pretty good about himself huh?

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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!

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  1. Aimee
    April 4, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    I think you look precious! Seriously! You look awesome! Stop being so hard on yourself. You are a beautiful pregnant mama! That big move would be very hard on me too. Hang in there. XXXOOO

  2. Kelly
    April 5, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    I wish we lived near y'all and I'd bring you a meal! I love an excuse to cuddle a newborn.

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23 Weeks Pregnant

Supposedly I’ve hit the 6 month mark? But doesn’t 24 weeks equal six months? So wouldn’t it be next week???

Baby Growth: This week Blitzen weighs in at a little over a pound and is measuring more than 11 inches long (the size of a large mango). Supposedly if I was a dancer (which I’m not) Blitzen would be able to feel me dancing. He or she is able to hear loud sounds and it’s a great time to make lots of noise as the baby will be used to those sounds at birth. Also if I watch my stomach during movement I may be able to see Blitzen moving around! I gotta look for that this week for sure!

Belly Picture: Zach asked me this morning how far along I am and I said “hold on lemmie see my sticker” Seriously, these things are the only way I know each Friday where I’m at in this pregnancy! I really enjoy having the weekly picture and can’t wait to see the transition from beginning of my pregnancy to the end (along with the facebook album I’ll do a blog entry of all the pictures after Blitzen is born!). 

 At this point ya’ll are probably thinking I purposefully wear Stella and Dot stuff on Fridays but it’s just been a coincidence the past couple of weeks! Today I’m wearing my Birds of Paradise Necklace, Sunset Bangle, and Marchesa Studs

Symptoms: I doubt my feeling pregnant symptom will be changing anytime soon huh? πŸ˜‰ With Kye starting school this week it was an emotional one for me (post to come, I’m almost caught up!) and a busy one as I’m trying to maximize my free time. I have a pre-nesting itch where I just want to ORGANIZE. Not clean. Not straighten…organize. I bought a bunch of storage tubs (in the dollar bin at Target – um SCORE) today and I have this need to go through all of Kye’s toys. I want to pick out the baby ones and make sure they are clean with fresh batteries and rearrange all of that stuff to make them easier to get to. It’s a random thing to feel so passionately about doing but I hardcore want to. I really want Zach and I to put together the bookshelf we bought for the baby’s closet too so I can go through Kye’s old books!

I’ve had muliple headaches this week. I also haven’t had more than 7 hours of sleep in ages. I know that’s bad…but I have SO much to get done! Plus it’s Big Brother season so we have a lot of tv watching to do πŸ˜‰ I’ve noticed my skin is drier and I’ve been loading up my feet with lotion and sleeping in socks at night to keep them moist. Very random!

I went into Victoria’s Secret to get some underwear and asked the girl for the cheapest ones and she started showing me all these cute styles and saying things like “these look so great on.” I finally had to stop her and tell her that I’m pregnant. She still didn’t get it and I told her that I can’t even see my privates, I really don’t care how cute the panties are or how “great” they look on – I just want comfort! I’m at that point with things where comfort is key.

We’ve gotten a little better at doing Bradley stuff and I’m straight up SORE. Squats kill me! I’m also working out my arms this time and I’m hoping it’ll help them not be pure jelly after labor πŸ˜‰

Weight: I honestly thought I’ve gained 4 lbs this week. It was Zach’s birthday on Sunday and I made him a cake plus Mom bought him one and Mrs. Charlotte made one…we ate so much cake. It was delicious but eating that much junk made me go into “pregnant girl mode.” I ate what I wanted, when I wanted and didn’t even think twice about it. It’s exactly how I was last pregnancy. Last night I realized that it has to STOP so I put an entire cake (1/2 of the one I made and 1/2 the one Mom got him) down our garbage disposal!!! And I turned down the cake Casey made last night for Jordan’s birthday. I gotta stay on track πŸ˜‰ 

When I weighed myself this morning I was surprised…I’ve only gained 1 lb (close to 1 1/2 but I’m gonna try to stick with whole numbers for this)! I’m sitting at a total of 4 lbs gained which is GREAT for 23 weeks don’t you think? I’m pretty proud of myself especially since a book I have says the average weight gain at this point is between 12 and 15 lbs! I wanna keep this thing going good πŸ™‚

Gender: At church on Sunday a friend of mine told me about some trick you can do on your wrist with a necklace and she did it on me and it showed boy first (for kye, it went back and forth) then stopped then went in a circle for this baby which I guess is supposed to mean girl? I need to google it b/c I love fun tricks like that πŸ™‚  I went to the first kids sale of the season this week too and am jealous of all my friends buying up all the cute girls clothes, today at Hobby Lobby I saw all kinds of cute pink stuff that would look good in the nursery! Guess we’ll see πŸ˜‰

Maternity Clothes: I know I said last week that this would prob be the week but it wasn’t. I did go through and try on the pants Kelly let me borrow and my old stuff and some of it is HUGE still. Shirts I was wearing at this stage last time are still mega big so I’m sticking with normal clothes for now. Whenever I find stuff mega on sale I always buy bigger sizes for when I’m pregnant and, especially, for after I have the baby so I’m wearing those tops now (larges instead of mediums or mediums that fit very loose).

Movement: It’s SO strong. Last night Zach couldn’t get over it! I had Kye feel it for the first time yesterday. We were laying in his bed after nap and I put his hand and said “you can feel the baby move.” He felt it and immediately sat up, lifted up my shirt, and said “I wanna see it!!!” When I asked if he wanted to feel again he said a quick no. I think it kinda freaked him out. You should have seen how wide his eyes got when I told him he lived in Mommy’s belly too when he was a baby…

Sleep: Need LOTS more of it!!! I’ll sleep when I’m dead right?

Cravings: Cake. Cake. Cake. Glad it’s GONE!!!

What I Miss: Wearing clothes and looking cute in them. I already see “old” pictures of myself from a few months ago and long to look that way again!

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Kye feeling Blitzen move for the firs time. Finding out that Zach earned us a BIG upgrade on the Hawaii trip! We get an extra night’s stay, plus extra spending money, plus free spa treatments. I can’t WAIT for our trip – it’s going to be SO fun and neither of us are the least bit upset about the whole Mediterranean thing!

Questions/Concerns: At the kids sale I got to talking to other moms (my standard thing at those sales haha) and a couple of them have multiple kids so I asked them for stroller tips. They said hands down to spend the money and get a Combi. That it’s the easiest to fold up, to get in and out of the car, to fit in smaller storage spaces (like when we travel), and the easiest to fit through doorways. They both said I’d be happier with it than with a sit and stand or with a standard double stroller. I do think I’ll also want a jogging one though for walks? I looked at the Combi and am a little concerned with the lack of cup holders and storage space. Does anyone else have one??? Any advice???? I need to get going on registering so any tips on that kind of thing would be great!

Goals for the Week: Do Bradley – EVERY NIGHT. Get the dogs under control (they have been waking us up multiple times at night to go outside or for us to pick them up to put them on the bed AND Levi has gained weight randomly so we need to get that back on track and our cat has been on a hairball puke streak that I’m ready to end). Register for Blitzen. 

Notes from Pregnancy #1: During this point in my pregnancy last time I felt concerned that Zach and I would lose our “us time” and we decided we’d go on a date every Monday night. All you parents are laughing right? You KNOW that doesn’t happen!!! We started to plan our baby moon and didn’t take it until the 3rd trimester. We won’t be having one this time probably since we’re going to Hawaii, I think that counts πŸ˜‰ Although we may do something small just for a night so we can celebrate our Christmas together…if Blitzen waits long enough to arrive!

I could feel “Clover” moving mostly at night and early in the morning and I missed my old boobs the most πŸ˜‰ I was shocked at how much they changed with pregnancy, thought they looked nasty, and was scared they wouldn’t go back to normal. Guess what? They didn’t. During this week last pregnancy I had a fever and drove home from our business trip to Atlanta feeling sick but had to turn around and get everything together for a camping trip we had planned with some friends. Camping!!! I can’t believe I was camping at this stage in pregnancy. I was an idiot! I had a pretty miserable trip and felt very left out b/c I couldn’t do much being pregnant. The day we got back I had a big breakdown and was mega depressed then had to get in the car and drive to Alabama on my own to meet Zach for another business trip. I guess I was just as busy then as I am now huh? I think it’s a common theme in my life…no matter what stage I’m in πŸ˜‰ I REALLY enjoyed the Alabama trip though b/c I got to relax, watch movies, sit in the tub, etc. I’d love another one of those trips right now for sure!

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. Amy Darley
    August 12, 2011 / 8:16 pm

    haha, I like your victoria's secret story! I know exactly what you mean πŸ™‚ That's so cool that Kye got to feel Blitzen move!! It seems like your pregnancy is going so fast… I know probably not to you though.

  2. Rachael_Copponex
    August 12, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Good news about the combi that's the one I have! Never got to use it πŸ™

  3. Forddygirl
    August 13, 2011 / 12:25 am

    Your little rant about your animals had me laughing hysterically πŸ™‚ thanks! hehehe….And you look SUPER cute preggo from the front now, too! YAY!

  4. Christi
    August 13, 2011 / 12:43 am

    I would go and try strollers out…our combi felt fragile too me. Β i know that there are some high end double strollers that moms are raving about city select, etc…but I don't know about them. Β I've heard great things about the maclarens too.

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