19 weeks and counting: Our little heirloom tomato!

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My email pregnancy updates tell us our baby is now roughly the size of an heirloom tomato. Interesting visual. We've successfully passed the avocado phase, and funny enough, the only real craving I've had during my pregnancy is avocado.

So much so, my husband says we should consider naming the baby Guacamole!

I also crave sweets and chocolate, but not necessarily any more than I did before the pregnancy! And in our newsroom I pass three candy bowls on my way to the studio.

So many people have sent kind words of congratulations to us in recent weeks, so I want to check in with updates, but more importantly, ask for advice. We are so excited and blessed to welcome a new baby, but there are many times it feels overwhelming and scary.

I'd love to hear helpful words from you (but please keep your pregnancy and delivery horror stories to yourself, I don't think I can handle those.)

I'm curious how other moms out there feel or felt at 19 weeks. I was quite sick during my first trimester, and though that finally subsided only a couple weeks ago, I still have lots of queasiness, headaches, sore hips and complete exhaustion!

I anchored the morning shift for 7 years, waking up at 2:30 in the morning, and I still never felt this tired. I have so much respect for moms out there who aren't feeling well and have one or two small kids already to take care of. They say you have similar pregnancy to your mom, but as my mom likes to say "I wasn't sick AT ALL with you!"

However, her mother had a really tough go, so maybe in my family it skips a generation.

On days when I'm really tired or not feeling great at work I think about how lucky I am to have such supportive and kind co-workers. Leon, Doug, Tim, Bob, Maureen and Gordon, not to mention our bosses, reporters, photographers, producers, writers, crew and everyone else makes me feel so cared for. I can't count how many times a day someone asks me "How are you feeling?"

My weekly email baby update also says the baby's sensory development is exploding; the brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he or she may be able to hear our voices now.

My husband thinks this means to sing loudly and often right into my belly. I'm not sure this is a good thing for the baby or for my stress levels, but it's cute!

And let me just say, at first I thought it would be fun to be pregnant at the same time as Kate know, visions of her calling me up to plan a double baby shower at the Palace! Then I saw the first pictures of her "bump."

To which I said "What bump?!"

My bump is considerably larger (and we won't mention the hips). Now I'm not so sure it'll be fun to be pregnant while she is, except, of course, to see all of her fabulous maternity clothes!

So if you have any new mom advice for me, for the pregnancy or beyond, I'd love to hear from you. Right now, I'm particularly curious about exercise. What are your thoughts on that during pregnancy?

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