Family over 8 years ago by Liz Adams

Half Way There

half way through our pregnancyWe’ve officially passed the half way point in my pregnancy and I wanted to share a quick update!  I’m still kind of clueless about everything but we have word that our baby is happy and healthy and is kicking away inside my belly which I consider good in my book. If our little one looks anything like Dave as a baby, I’m going to be one lucky momma…{insert heart eye emoji}.

The baby: Like I said before, we are going to be surprised about the sex and I’m finding it a little more difficult to associate with the baby. I keep calling the baby “it” which I hate! I’ve really been steering clear of any theories or myths about how I’m carrying, what I’m craving, etc. to determine what we are having beforehand {we want to be surprised for a reason!} but am equally anxious!

My diet: I’ve been living off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, greek yogurt, baked cheetos/Pirates Booty, and fruit {specifically apples, grapes, and strawberries}. I’ve been struggling with really bad heartburn so my diet has been completely bland and boring – aside from the occasional pizza craving! Also, so much water. Not enough veggies.

My body: Being pregnant is crazy you guys! Talk about looking/feeling different on a daily basis. My first trimester wasn’t the easiest but it definitely wasn’t horrible compared to some stories I’ve heard. I kind of consistently felt sick {I kept describing it as that feeling when you drink too much coffee on an empty stomach but it won’t go away}. I also struggled with horrible heartburn that kicked in every day at 4pm and prevented me from eating anything at night. Because of this I lost quite a bit of weight up until week 14 and now I’ve gained it all back plus about 4 pounds {although it feels like 20!}. Now I feel great! I love watching my belly grow, feeling/seeing little kicks throughout the day and finally being able to show off my bump a bit. I’ve been rotating between Honest Belly Balm, Bio Oil, and Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer to avoid stretch marks!

Sleep: Up until recently I’ve been sleeping around 10 hours a night! I used to be the hardest sleeper but I’m finding myself waking up to almost every noise these days. I hear this will only get worse so I’m trying to get as much sleep as possible before I can’t…

Decorating: We are moving a week from today {!!!} and I am so excited to finally be able to visualize where our baby will be sleeping/growing/living. We are slowly working on the nursery and have chosen our crib and dresser/changing table but I’m on the hunt for a great glider/chair. Any suggestions?? I love this option from Serena & Lily but it is pricey.

Registering: We are tackling this task in the next couple of weeks and I’m completely overwhelmed. A few friends have sent over their lists of must-haves but I’d love your suggestions, too!

Fashion: Up until recently I’ve been really comfortable in my pre-pregnancy clothes but now everything is TIGHT. The biggest issue isn’t even my belly, it’s my boobs. These things will not stop growing. I’ve finally picked up a few pieces from Rosie Pope and Hatch {you can shop my picks below!} which will be huge lifesavers in the coming months. I’m just looking forward to warm temps so I can live in dresses because pants are too restricting. However, I do have these white denim maternity shorts that I love and these jeans are comfortable, too!

easy maternity styleI’ve been a big fan of Hatch Collection since before I got pregnant because their pieces are designed to be worn before, during, and after your pregnancy. Each item is just pretty and exactly how I want to look when I’m too big to walk. Rosie Pope‘s pieces {more here} are like butter! I have been wearing this dress pretty consistently {seen here} and am about to pick up her stripes tee’s and this pretty floral dress, too!

Shop the post

Row 1: HATCH 3/4 Body Dress  //  HATCH Luncheon Dress  //  HATCH Twilight Jumpsuit  //  HATCH Trench Coat
Row 2:  Rosie Pope Floral Dress  //  Rosie Pope Long Sleeve Maternity Tee  //  Rosie Pope Cinched Dress  //  Rosie Pope Maternity Romper


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  1. I have 18 month old boy/girl twins. It’s exhausting being a parent but at the same time it is so amazing.
    We got the Pottery Barn Kids Swivel comfort rocker. I liked it because it didn’t look like a typical glider so we could use it in our home long term. Plus the slipcover a are washable which is great when your little one throws up or spills milk on it.

    1. I am expecting my first in August so a couple of months ahead of you but we loved the RH Baby and Child gliders. Good luck!!

  2. I used almond oil from the very beginning and throughout my pregnancy and have no stretch marks. You might want to give it a go. 🙂

  3. Congrats!! It is such an exciting journey. I am 31 weeks and could never wear pants after about week 18 because of how they started to feel on my belly. I’ve gotten a few plan colored Liz Lange dresses from Target, as well as some non-maternity stretchy dresses from Old Navy and Target. I’m usually an XS, and in most I got a small. I figured after I could keep them in my maternity clothes box..or shrink them a bit and wear them normally. I’d rather embrace my belly and new body with tighter fitting clothes than some of the looser maternity things that make me feel even bigger.

    We registered through the site Babylist – which I love. People can order from any site they want and just click “reserve” when they bought it. No one has been confused and it allows people to go to places that are near them, or order from websites they like like Amazon where they can use their prime shipping.

    Best of luck as you continue on this journey! I’m not through it so I can’t tell you how it ends… 🙂

  4. You and Dave were adorable babies, Liz! I’m six weeks pregnant so I loved this post. Hoping you’ll keep it going with the pregnancy/baby updates.

    I love that Serena & Lily glider as well. My understanding is that a glider is worth the splurge since you’ll likely be spending so much time in it. I say go for it! Especially if you can snag it during a 20% off promotion.

    Please keep the maternity clothes recommendations coming! I look forward to hearing how you like the Hatch pieces. I ordered a Storq bundle to have on hand once I start growing and the pieces are so, so, so soft. I haven’t worn any of the pieces yet but I can’t wait!

  5. We love our Dutailier recliner/glider from Buy Buy Baby- you can customize the fabric and use their 20% off coupon so it becomes very reasonably priced! As someone who nursed for a year, I spent a lot of time in it, even sleeping in it during the early days.. and my daughter loves reading her books in it now. It held up so well- we will be using it just as much for our 2nd due in a few weeks!

    For heartburn/reflux, it is completely ok to take Zantac.. Ive lived off of it every single day through both my pregnancies!

  6. One of my favorite posts! I am 26 weeks pregnant with our first and I just transitioned over to a few maternity items, so this post makes me so happy! I was curious about the Rosie Pope items. We are currently in process of working on nursery also and I fell in love with West Elm’s Graham Glider. Good luck and can’t wait to see more posts 🙂

  7. We have a glider from Natarte and I love it! We got it from Galt Baby in Lincoln Park. They are a great local shop and have someone certified to install your car seat too so you can ensure it’s done properly.

  8. Liz,

    Try using apple cider for the heartburn. It really helped me during pregnancy. I used the Bragg’s brand. It was a life saver!!!


  9. I relate on so many levels- fruit, boobs, etc.! We are due early September and waiting to find out gender at delivery. I call the baby “baby” or “peanut” all the time and I have grown to love the neutral reference.

    Splurge on the glider– so worth it! Land of Nod has some really comfy options too.

  10. oh I feel you on the boobs!!! Sounds like I am just a few weeks behind you, and mine are just huge! I can’t handle it when i try to run!

  11. LOVE the update on the baby!!
    NEVER enough pictures!!
    Dave & you will make a beautiful baby and can’t wait to see pics of the new digs!!

  12. Love this post! I’m 22 weeks with our first (it’s a boy!) I couldn’t wait until September to find out because I too hated called the baby it.

    I just purchased this PB rocker and ottoman. I love the fact that it’s convertible so in a few years we can switch the feet and get it reupholstered and it can go in any room. Also the lady said since it’s a wingback you can rest your head on the side of the chair.

    Love you style inspiration! Good luck and hope the heartburn stops soon!


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  14. Congrats!! Thanks for sharing about your pregnancy! I’m only 10 weeks but am literally having the exact same symptoms you had in your first trimester… constant all-day nausea, can’t eat at night, craving peanut butter, the same fruit (plus watermelon!), popcorn, etc. Not enough veggies for me either, they sound so unappetizing right now. But I have been getting a lot of sleep too – 9-10 hours a night! Glad to hear you’re feeling better now – sounds promising for me 🙂 Love all your suggestions on clothes too!! Good luck with the remainder of your pregnancy!!

  15. Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more about this exciting adventure! My parents kept it a surprise for both kids and came up with “neutral” nicknames – I was elmo! Thought it was a cute idea I’d share in case you’re looking for something more personal than “it”!

  16. So excited for you! The changes your body goes through are pretty incredible – I was so surprised, even though I’d read every book and asked every mom what to expect! Loving your maternity picks!

  17. Congrats on your pregnancy! I just had my first baby and we did not find out the sex either. Let me tell you it is SO worth the wait- when my husband told me ”It’s a boy!!” after so many months of waiting and wondering there is just no greater joy. Also, the anticipation was so fun for our families on the delivery day. As far as feeling connected throughout pregnancy I felt the same as you where you are now but as that sweet babe gets bigger and you get to know their patterns and movements you definitely will feel that connection. Cherish this special time 🙂

  18. We have the Hayes Glider from Serena & Lily and love it. I also had heartburn/reflux throughout my pregnancy and was told by my doctor to take Zantac. It was a game changer. Good luck and congrats!

  19. I have the Jennifer DeLonge Original Luxe glider in the modern texture -basil-and it’s super comfortable, classic design, and the fabric is great-beautiful texture, soft, and a great green. It’s also a smaller scale which is great for city living.