Pregnancy Update: 19 weeks!

Monday, November 18, 2013

I can't believe I'm just one week away from being halfway through my pregnancy!! Retrospectively, I feel like time has flown by so fast. I'm so grateful to have this blog as a record of my experiences each week to remember how much has changed during this time. I hope you're enjoying it too! :)  

Something very exciting happened this week! A few hours after I posted my 18 week update last Monday, I felt kicks from the outside for the first time!!! Its made me more emotional than I ever expected. You read about the movements in baby books & online, and its all true, but feeling my baby physically move within me is such an indescribably emotional experience that I never anticipated to be so intense. I feel so deeply connected to my little one when he/she turns over or gives me a little kick. :)

Since feeling baby's strong kick for the first time last Monday, I've felt about one to two dozen movements throughout the day, with one or two strong kicks or punches, every day since! My husband still hasn't been able to feel baby move, and I think he's a little jealous! ;) But I know those kicks will be stronger very soon & he'll get a chance to feel our baby dance.

In other good news this week, my husband & I will (hopefully) get to find out the gender of our baby!! We have both had a strong feeling since the beginning that its a boy, but even if we're right, I feel like the answer will still be shocking. It's just an even deeper connection with baby knowing the gender & picturing what our new family will look like. I can't wait!! I'll update you as soon as possible!! 
Week: 19 Weeks along! Almost halfway!!

Gender: Hopefully we'll find out this week!! We can't wait another minute!! We have always felt that baby is a boy, but we will be so happy either way. :)

Total Weight Gain:
I haven't had a chance to weigh myself this week, but I don't feel significantly bigger than last week, maybe 1 lb heavier. I eat constantly throughout the day so I honestly don't know why I haven't gained more at this point in my pregnancy!

Exercise: Having a cold this week, I took it easy. Squats & walking here and there, but nothing of great significance.

Nutrition: Lots of clementines & lemons again to aid my cold! I'm also trying to eat more bananas & organic apples as snacks. For breakfast, I mix it up between organic peanut butter on toast and organic low-fat plain yogurt with granola & frozen organic blueberries & raspberries. And okay, sometimes I have a bagel with cream cheese! Calcium, right? ;)

Food cravings/aversions:
Clementines!! And mid-week I was craving a dish we used to make all the time in the summer: organic tomatoes with garlic, olive oil & basil over spaghetti. Don't forget the fresh grated parmesan or romano cheese on top! ;)

Signs of Stretch Marks: Not yet that I've noticed!

Maternity Clothes: I am only just starting to need some new clothes because my belly had a late start. Up until now, cardigans have been my best friend! 

Sleep: I sleep through the night, but I definitely need a pregnancy pillow! I've seen the Bump Nest body pillow on a few blogs but its way too expensive! Any suggestions on a body pillow under $50?

Feeling: Aside from my cold, I'm feeling great! Its been so wonderful feeling baby move! :)

Baby Movement: Yes! Baby has been practicing for kicking soccer balls!

Belly Button In or Out? In, but it has been looking a little different over the past couple weeks. Its hard to describe!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On. They actually feel more loose than a few weeks ago - maybe because it's finally starting to get cold out!

What I miss most this week: My little niece!

Best moment this week: Feeling baby kick, definitely!! Another great moment this week was the birth of my cousin's little baby girl! She was born last Monday and is just so adorable! :)

Looking forward to: Finding out our baby's gender!! Soooo excited!!

Any guesses on the gender?! As I mentioned above, my husband & I have thought it's a boy since the beginning. My Dad also thinks its a boy. Two of my husband's siblings think it's a girl though! Last chance to guess! 

xo kristen genevieve


  1. I know I've said it before but really, you look fantastic!! I didn't show much either until my third trimester. Wait til you are 8 months and then the tummy will be very prevalent ( and of course gorgeous). The second trimester is my fav personally.

    1. Thank you! You are so sweet! I have heard a lot of people say the second trimester is the best, and so far, I agree that it's better than the first! I expect I'll show earlier in subsequent pregnancies, but I'm still pretty surprised how slowly its taken me to show. I'm looking forward to a big belly! :)

  2. Eeep!!! You look gorgeous! You felt your little nugget kick? Isn't it amazing!!!! Mine were little flutters, just barely noticeable and definitely not big enough for Mr. ShuGar to feel just yet.

    So, so happy for you! I love that you are eating clementines. Healthy indulgence for sure.'ll find out the gender soon! It's amazing how emotional I got when we found out. It's like I met a part of him or something. Prepare for feeling even closer to your lil babe.

    The pregnancy pillow is def going to be needed. We got ours from amazon. I'll get back to you on how much it cost because the hubs ordered it.

    So excited to share this with you! It makes it even more special =)

    1. Thank you!! I'm happy that clementines are my obsession, too! People have asked me if my husband has had to do late night cookie/candy runs for cravings, and I tell them, only if he's craving them! haha

      Sooo close now to finding out the gender! I will probably cry many happy tears! :)

      Yes, let me know about the pregnancy pillow when you get a chance! So far I've just been using a normal pillow. I don't want one too bulky so I can still be close to my husband. Its so nice to have you to talk to who is going through the same stages - especially for advice like this! :)

  3. I like the snoogle, it was under $40, but I didn't get an additional cover. Can't wait to hear what you're having! I had a really strong feeling that we're having a girl, but we just found out last week that we're having a boy! Can't wait to feel those first kicks!

    1. Thanks for the advice! I'll have to look into the snoogle pillow.
      Congratulations on your little boy!! So exciting!! Its so funny how you can having a feeling for weeks & weeks that the baby is one gender. Generally I think people feel the gender you prefer to have, which may be the case with my husband. ;) I have tried to keep myself as happy & open as possible so that I don't feel disappointed either way in such a joyous moment. :)

  4. Kristen,
    I had a feeling from the beginning that I was having a boy- like to the point where I just found out what it really was to prove that I was right- and I was right! Womanly intuition is very strong!
    You look great so far, and I'm glad we found eachothers blogs! I can't wait to follow you through such an exciting journey!

    1. Thanks, Emma!! It looks like my womanly intuition was right!! ;) Thanks so much for visiting!


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