I started with a G19, and got a G26 for carrying. Feels great, shoots great. I don't think I'd have any issues carrying my 19 daily, but I don't bother.
If I were you, definitely keep the 26. Forget the pocket pistol. Stick with 9mm. No reason you can't slap the G26 onto your belt even for a trip to the trash can. Just get a holster with a secure clip. Like the kydex ones from pjholster.com ...
My two cents....
G19 G26 G30 Sig 2340 357 Beretta U22 (kid's) Two Saiga 12 Two Draco 7.62x39 "pistols" Colt 6920 Saiga SGL21-94, M92 Krinkov "pistol," PSA Patrol Carbine Saiga 223