29 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Growth: Leo is weighing around 2.5 lbs (about the size of a butternut squash…which I actually DO know what that is for a change and cook them for the kids!) and is a little over 15 inches long. Now is the time that calcium becomes super mega important because about 250 milligrams are being used a day to help harden the skull!

My Symptoms: Overall, this has been a pretty “easy” pregnancy week. Still using the bathroom regularly, still having back pain but I’m now pretty much used to it. I know in the third trimester a lot of the first trimester symptoms come back and I have started to feel nauseous again in the evenings and first thing in the mornings. Not bad enough where I feel like I’m going to puke or anything, but annoying! 

My stomach is crazy looking at this point. I’m pretty tempted to take a belly photo to show y’all this beast. It’s the tightest my stomach has ever been in pregnancy. Which I guess is a good thing b/c it’s for sure not fat! My belly button is sticking fully out which has also never happened before. It’s out so far that you can see the underside of where I had my belly pierced. So strange! Casey and I have compared bellies and my belly button is just straight up HUGE haha. It’s pretty gross and Britt thinks it’s some portal to the baby and tries to touch the baby through my belly button πŸ˜‰ 

My stomach is not just tight, but it’s sensitive. If the kids bump it or I try to pick them up against it or something it will hurt in the areas where Leo is laying. I think there just isn’t much cushion between the baby and my skin!!!

I am starting to feel very, very overwhelmed and stressed. 11 weeks to go. SO MUCH TO DO. I don’t think it helps that I’m a member of several pregnancy related Facebook groups. These women are all talking about how they have their hospital bags packed already. We haven’t even started on the nursery. So much of the stuff getting done isn’t in my control so I’m trying not to let it cause me stress but it’s hard. My goal was for the nursery to be finished in May…we better get on it!!!

This was Kye’s last week of school and it hit me that I will no longer be having my Britt time each day. It’s just been the two of us every morning all school year. I am starting to feel pretty emotional about it all. I’m still not worried about how I will handle three kids, I am just sad to see this era end. I know the new one will be wonderful, but I still want to hold on just a little bit longer to the present and savor this time with my sweet babies while it’s JUST me and them! 

Britt often asks me to hold her and we sit and cuddle and I sing to her. Melts my heart!

This week has also been stressful and emotional for another reason…Zach got in a car wreck. He was stopped at a red light behind another car and this big truck slammed into the back of him. The guy said he didn’t see him?!?! It happened Wednesday afternoon and we are still in the waiting phase. Zach went to the emergency room after it happened because his back started hurting and he hit his head on the steering wheel pretty hard. X-rays came back okay for his back but they said he’s having spasms in his muscles that are causing his spine to straighten. He needs an MRI but can’t get one until we get the insurance information from the driver who hit him. Same with his car. We can’t take it in anywhere until we have that info. I’m hoping that maybe we will get lucky and they will total it? It looks WAY worse in person than these pictures show. The front is also a little banged up b/c Zach hit the person in front of him when he got hit. Zach played golf today so I’m assuming his back is fine and I don’t need to worry about him anymore with that! Thankful it wasn’t anything more serious and if you DO have to get in a wreck you always want it to be the other person’s fault right?

Of course BOTH of our car seats were in the car. I’ve done the research and KNOW we are supposed to replace them. The kids weren’t in them and they weren’t damaged in the wreck but both manuals (and everything I found online) says to replace them in any crash anyway. I’m assuming the other driver’s insurance will cover it but Zach doesn’t understand the need. Sometimes it’s frustrating to be the one who does all the parent-related research! I’m hoping when the insurance stuff starts coming in that they will ask him about car seats and offer to replace them so it won’t be an issue between us? B/c y’all know me. I want my babies SAFE!!!!

 Both kids made sweet get-well-soon cards for Daddy while we waited for him to get home!

Weight: One pound for this week! Whew! +17 total. Zach and the kids got a massive cookie cake for me for Mother’s Day so I’m surprised I didn’t gain more (Zach ate a good bit of it too so I’m sure he’s sharing in my weight gain this week!). I feel confident that my big jumps in gaining are done πŸ™‚

Gender: Britt now says the baby’s name is Leo which I honestly tried to avoid. We don’t use the name around here…I mostly only use it for writing purposes. I’m not sure how she picked up on it but she’s SUPER into names right now. She constantly says “Mommy’s name is Emily, Daddy’s name is Zach, Kye’s name is Kye” haha. I just don’t want her to be confused when the baby is born and it is NOT named Leo πŸ™‚ 

At my baby shower last weekend Robyn had us divide up into groups based on who thinks Leo is a boy vs who thinks Leo is a girl. UM like almost everyone said GIRL. It shocked me! You’d think since Zach and I think it’s a boy that everyone else would agree? Guess not! Zach mom and sisters both think girl!?!?! And so do most of my friends! Totally threw me for a loop! I still think boy! My pregnancy is 100% like Kye’s and hardly anything like Britt’s! I’m not changing my guess at this point!

Maternity Clothes: In my belly pictures this week the dress I have on is a maternity small and I do think that’s the best size for me. I just don’t own a whole lot in that size. Mostly everything I have is medium, and even some larges. They all work okay but I think the small is most flattering. We are going to St Augustine next weekend and I need to go by the Motherhood Maternity outlet and get a good nursing bra. I think I’m far enough along now to get one and it still fit after?

Movement: This baby has been low the ENTIRE pregnancy. I remember with Britt feeling pain in my ribs and how she would be so much higher. I’ve never felt any movement this time above my belly button. It’s all been below. I have a feeling this baby is nice and low and already in good position for birth. The movement is much more constant this week than last week. I don’t physically see it from the outside that much but feel it super often. Especially at night! 

Sleep: Well. That was nice while it lasted! I’ve been sleeping AWFUL this week. Awful. First I can’t fall asleep and then when I do I wake up a ton of times. I can’t get comfortable or stay comfortable and I’m having to pee a lot. When I’m on my left side the baby moves a ton and last night I even dreamed that Leo’s foot came out of my stomach and pushed the bed to make me move. My right side isn’t much better. Often I wake up on my back. It’s all just a mess. I have a lot of concerns and things going on right now and I know that plays a roll too. 

I woke up this morning feeling awful and had a huge migraine. Which I know came from lack of sleep b/c last night was the worst sleep yet. I took Britt to McDonald’s and got an ice coffee and it did help some…both to wake me up and to knock out the headache πŸ˜‰

Cravings: Not much! Which is funny b/c isn’t this the point where people typically start to pig out? I feel less hungry now. I even forgot to eat lunch one day this week! Robyn and I went out to eat for dinner Monday and had a great time! It was her choice but I did suggest Mexican and thats where we ended up going. Which is hilarious b/c prior to this pregnancy I always HATED Mexican food but now I love it. This has for sure been my “salty” craving pregnancy. My first pregnancy was beef. My second was seafood. 

What I Miss: More than ever in our marriage Zach has a lot of outside family interests. He golfs typically once a week with his dad and often plays basketball with Jordan. While I’m thankful he has his outlets…I am envious as well. I miss HIM and I do feel very lonely at times and like we don’t do anything together. I also feel like I don’t do much for myself either. I laid in bed the other night and tried to think of a hobby for myself that would bring me joy but couldn’t think of one?!?! I just don’t want to be the type of mom who completely loses herself in her children. But I see how easy that can happen! I’m really thankful Robyn and I went out this week and I think I just need to do more stuff like that? 

Best Moment of the Week: Hands down the best moment was my shower last Saturday. It was THE most loved I have EVER felt. Rachael and her sister, Sarah, drove down for it! Another friend, Amanda, drove up for it. So many of my amazing friends came. It was just very, very special and filled my heart with so much joy. Robyn did a fantastic job hosting!!! I was pretty bummed that Rach and Sarah could’t stay longer, but it was SO awesome having them here!!! I have been BEYOND blessed in the friends department. Not only was it just an awesome shower but it made me realize, yet again, how truly blessed I am to have Mrs. Charlotte. She sat right next to me the whole time when I opened gifts and kept doing the typical “mom thing” of discussing each one with me and helping me clean up the trash and such. It was just a moment that really struck me about how much she loves me. She didn’t need me in her life. She already has two great daughters. But she loves me as her own. And I’m so, so thankful for that. 

It was also Mother’s Day this past week! We will be celebrating my Mother’s Day tomorrow with the kids. We usually make a big deal out of Mother’s and Father’s day and spend an entire day in celebration mode. So I’m eager to see what is planned for tomorrow! It’s def good timing! I wrote a post already about Mother’s Day and my emotions surrounding it. We had a nice day, Zach’s family came over during naps and swam and ate and celebrated Mrs. Charlotte πŸ™‚ 

I am SO blessed and thankful to be a mama to these three babies!

This week Casey had her last day of work!!! She’s now officially a stay at home mom and I am SO SO thrilled for her! I’m not trying to start a whole working vs stay at home mom thing…I am a stay at home mom and feel very blessed to be able to take on this role and am thankful that she is able to do the same. Plus I’m excited to have a fellow Hahira Housewife πŸ˜‰

If emotions weren’t already crazy high…Kye had his preschool graduation this week too! I didn’t expect to cry or be upset or anything about it. I mean it’s preschool. And he’s attending the same school next year and will do the same graduation ceremony after kindergarten. But as soon as the program started I started crying!!! Even though Kye’s class wasn’t even part of it yet haha. I was more upset about the idea of next year and how that will feel. I KNOW I will be a WRECK when Kye goes to all day school and I’m just so thankful we have another year left with half a day! He did amazing in his program and made us so proud πŸ™‚ His sign language skills shocked us and he had the biggest smile the entire time! 

Other than my shower, I have to say my favorite moment of the week was this morning. It was Kye’s last day of school and therefore my last morning of alone time with Britt. I’m excited to have them both all summer to enjoy, but will miss this time I have with her too! I asked her what she wanted to do together today and she said “wear matching outfits” Isn’t that adorable?!?! We both rocked our grey and neon orange today together πŸ™‚ We went to McDonald’s and she played and played and then we went to PetSmart to see some animals and then walked around the mall together. We even made her first stop in Claire’s. Y’all. It was BEYOND adorable. She had so much fun shopping and then insisted on carrying her bag from the store herself πŸ™‚ When it was time to leave she begged me to just go to “one more shop!” It was the PERFECT morning with her. We laughed and played and just truly enjoyed our time. I know it was a day I will always remember and I am thankful for it πŸ™‚

Questions/Concerns: I actually can’t think of any?!?! 

Goals for the Week:

  • I have my completion coupons for Amazon and Target and need to order all the stuff left on the registry that we need! Any other tips on must have items???
  • We did Bradley this week!!! But it needs to be an every night thing. I think I’m just going to do my best to do it alone so I don’t have to wait up for Zach to help and feel like I’m bothering him with it. 
  • I will feel 1,000 times better once things are ordered and rolling for the nursery!
  • I made a chore chart type thing for myself this past week. I hardcore cleaned the house and decided if I do a little each day it won’t be so overwhelming. My goal is to keep that up this coming week and to introduce Kye to his chores for each day as well!
  • ENJOY SUMMER! So thankful it’s HERE and I want to make the MOST of it with the kids!!!

Belly Pictures: 

Notes from Past Pregnancies: I cannot BELIEVE I did DISNEY at this point last pregnancy! You can read the weekly post from then here! I told Zach the other night that I was beyond blessed with an easy pregnancy last time around. Vegas, Disney, and Hawaii were all SO late in pregnancy. I know I couldn’t have done it as well this time around for sure and I’m thankful that next week is our last big event before Leo is due! 

At this point last pregnancy both Zach and I really felt like it was a girl…and we were right. So maybe all y’all who are thinking girl need to start agreeing with us that Leo is a boy πŸ™‚ I can’t believe we didn’t have a full name for Britt still at this point! I honestly don’t LOVE Avery (her middle name) and remember just picking it b/c we had to have something. This time around I do love our girl middle name 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!

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  1. Robyn Mullican
    May 17, 2014 / 12:17 am

    I'm so glad that you loved your shower so much! And I'm glad that it was an opportunity to show you how many people love you (and baby Leo!).I am still so surprised at how small your belly is for 29 weeks. I think you look great!

  2. Kelly
    May 19, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    I'm with you on the crying! Totally balled my eyes out during Kindergarten graduation and Ian wasn't even graduating! I will be a wreck next year–for sure!

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29 Weeks Pregnant

Have you entered the Blitzen Baby Pool yet?!?! You can enter it HERE and see what prizes I’m giving away HERE!

Baby Growth: Blitzen now weighs 2 1/2 lb and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heal (the size of a butternut squash). We had the 4D ultrasound this morning (more on that later….) but it’s neat how much the baby really does look like this picture!

Belly Picture: Thanks to my mom for snapping these in Disney for me! I feel like from the front I look pretty awesome. NO ONE ever believes I’m as far along as I am and I still had people at Disney saying they couldn’t tell I’m pregnant. I’m thinking for week 30 I may take a legit belly picture just because I think it’s a pretty cute pregnant tummy. Then again, I thought that last time and looking back I’m pretty grossed out!

You can get some weekly belly stickers like mine from HERE!

My Symptoms: It was a crazy busy week! I was in Vegas when it started and at Disney when it ended! I was too busy to really notice many symptoms. Wearing the compression hose really helps with swelling and with staying comfortable when I’m active. I don’t wear them while I’m doing stuff – I put them on when I’m resting. I’ve been trying to drink LOTS of water to avoid hurting, stay hydrated, and hopefully not swell.

I’ve noticed that it’s uncomfortable to lay flat on my back for a very long time but at the same time that’s the best way to lay to help my feet not hurt when I’ve done a lot of walking – so it’s tough to get comfortable. I can also tell that the baby is taking up a lot of room in my stomach and making my bladder have less space because if I drink a good amount, then I also pee a LOT more often. I did well flying on the plane ride home but it was tough b/c it was ALL through the night. I didn’t get up and walk as often or drink as much and I could really tell a difference…we have another all night flight home from Hawaii in a few weeks so I’m going to have to set an alarm to wake myself up to make sure I drink and walk more.

I haven’t noticed anymore leakage from my chest…maybe this pregnancy instead of leaking up top I’m leaking more down there?!?! The meds are gone now and I’m still wearing panty liners but they are MUCH better than the breast pads in my bra all the time!!!

Overall, I’m still feeling just as good as I was during my second trimester! I still don’t believe that this baby will be here in 11 weeks or less!!!! Gotta get on it!!!! Now that Disney is behind me I have a few weeks before Hawaii to start knocking stuff off the list!

Weight: Another week with not weighing in…I’ve been eating like a bottomless pit though so I’m SURE the number is gonna jump up. I feel hungry all the time. Interested to see what the scale says on Friday…but it’s hard to care too much when I think I look pretty good ya know? I have to keep reminding myself that the tummy may be cute now, but it’s not cute after the baby arrives!

Gender: Still working on a girl’s name. I think I’ve googled everything under the sun! I find myself always thinking of the baby as a girl. I kinda want a boy more but my gut says girl. As does Zach’s!

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much lived in dresses at Disney and none were maternity ones! I’m still wearing maternity pants/shorts with regular tops but I’m sure those days are quickly coming to an end!

Movement: It’s so crazy how much this child MOVES! Still very often, still very noticeable. Still loving it!

Sleep: I had some ROUGH nights at Disney b/c the walls were paper thin and I could hear people in other condos! I can go to sleep easily, as long as there is NOTHING distracting me. One night last week I actually went up to our guest bedroom to sleep. Zach was snoring some and grinding his teeth a bit so I couldn’t fall asleep. Also once I get woken up I have a hard time falling back to sleep. Like it’ll take me a good 30 min πŸ™ I had one super crazy dream at Disney about some guys chasing me in a Vegas casino b/c they wanted to say they’d raped a pregnant girl, then after the did it they cut my legs off to be able to carry me in their bookbags. Um strange and creepy?!?!

Cravings: FOOD. Just about anything!!!!

What I Miss: Nothing…I appreciate how smoothly this pregnancy has gone and how blessed I’ve been with very few symptoms! I really, really pray that ALL my future pregnancies can be just like this one!

Questions/Concerns: My last appointment with Stacy is this week so that is sad πŸ™ I’m getting nervous about delivery…not so much the actual delivery but what if my water doesn’t break this time? How will I know I’m in labor? And I wish I could control the time of day that it all goes down…what in the world will I do with Kye? I’m nervous for him to see me in any pain, especially since last time around my contractions were super intense super fast. I’m also nervous for it to happen in the middle of the night or something! I’m also nervous about if the baby is a girl…even though we had nothing when Kye was born we at least at the nursery decorated. Now we have nothing for a girl and no nursery ready either. Kinda feels overwhelming! We have a LOT to get done and I don’t like that feeling one bit!

Goals for the Week: Get stuff knocked off the to do list! Especially house stuff. I want to be able to do a blog open house before the baby arrives and want the house to be DONE for when visitors come meet Blitzen πŸ™‚ Zach’s getting close to finishing the storage shed so that will REALLY help out around here. Zach has to get a few things done this week work wise that make me feel stressed so I’m praying all of that works out for him. We’re home for two weekends in a row so I’m hoping to get a lot accomplished and get with Crissy at some point to take maternity pictures of each other! I don’t want to pay for any (since I won’t be framing them or anything…) but I do want some pictures while I’m pregnant…especially with Kye and us as a family ya know?

Notes from Pregnancy #1: I kinda slacked on my journal keeping…I guess b/c it was the holidays? I have like two days written in for this week then nothing again until 32 weeks. Random? So unlike me! We celebrated Christmas and also attended the Infant CPR class. We didn’t take it too seriously then, since we’d had CPR in college, but I’m very serious about it now. When we go in Nov, Mom and Charlotte are coming too. I think it’s critical that they know what to do if something were to happen to Blitzen while under their care. I just re-read the post I wrote on the class and realized I totally messed up when helping Titus! I did the finger sweep method and you’re not supposed to do that on babies!!! Luckily he wasn’t choking so I didn’t lodge anything further…see why I need the refresher course?!?! We ended 2008 and celebrated New Year’s with Katie (while I was NOT feeling attractive…so different this time around!) and with a list of goals for 2009.

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. Forddygirl
    September 29, 2011 / 10:08 pm

    I have been told that i carry babies freakishly low but girl, i gotta tell you that you look like you're carrying HIGH! How about breaking that emily rule of yours and putting your arm DOWN and pulling the dress under your belly next time so we can actually see how big the tummy is! πŸ™‚

  2. Week 29 Pregnancy
    March 14, 2012 / 5:16 am

    So glad things are going well for you & the little guy! You look great! Congratulations!

  3. Brittany S
    May 14, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    I love this dress! Where did you get it?

  4. emilysparker
    May 14, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    @Brittany SΒ  Gap Outlet! By far my FAVORITE store πŸ˜‰

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