Second trimester – weeks 20-22

Weeks 20-22 have flown by in a whirlwind of baby girl names.  After we broke the news to my son that he was to expect another little sister he decided she should be called Rosie.  Florence has been set on the name Daisy since the beginning but has now begun referring to the baby as Rosie.  We seem to be calling her whatever name pops into our head, usually Rosie as the kids will know who we are referring too, but I’m pretty sure the baby’s name will not be Rosie or Daisy.  We like traditional names, but nothing to common.  Florence wasn’t so common four years ago when we chose it for our first daughter but now I see the name has shot up in the charts.  Similarly, with Logan.  I think everyone thought I was a bit odd calling my son Logan.  We didn’t know anyone called Logan. I still love it to this day although I see many more ‘Logans’ popping up on social media.  We do have a few names in contention but I think  we’re still in the brainstorming stage.  We have both said it would be nice to settle on a name before baby girl arrives but I don’t see this happening until I’m around 30 weeks.

I think baby girl may be going through some kind of growth spurt as I feel absolutely shattered.  A good nine hour sleep feels like a 20 minute cat nap.  I could sleep for days I swear.  Around 2pm in the afternoon is when I really start to wilt.  That’s usually when I reach for the caffeine or chocolate!

Another symptom which seems to have started in the last week is the dreaded fanny daggers!  Yep – the pains that feel like lightening down there.  If you’ve been pregnant you’ll know exactly what I mean.  It’s like a sharp, shooting pain every so often.  There doesn’t seem to be any specific time they come or go and I’m not sure what causes them.  I think that’s probably enough said about that.

My anterior placenta is still causing me to feel less movement than I would if the placenta was posterior.  I am noticing an increase in the amount I can feel her, especially at night and first thing in the morning but during the day I don’t really feel any movement.  It can be worrying but when you see how big and spongey a placenta looks after birth it kind of makes sense.

I’ve been a little worried about the size of my bump over the last week or two as I’ve seen some real whoppers on Facebook.  I’m not sure whether I’m small or they’re big.  I don’t have another midwife appointment for six weeks but I may cave in and get checked at 25 weeks just to be sure.  I know baby is growing well as our 20 week scan was not so long ago and all was fine so I’ll give it a bit more thought and report back in two weeks!

For the most part, the pregnancy seems to be going well for which I am grateful.  It does feel like other peoples pregnancies are going quicker than my own but that’s obviously impossible and I guess when I think back to September 2015 I have come a long way already!  I’m itching to go on maternity leave, wash the baby clothes, sort the nursery out and most of all pack my hospital bag.  I have got my change/hospital bag for baby now – we opted for another Pink Lining bag as our previous one stood us in good stead for the best part of three years.  It was in the sale reduced from £75 to £50 so I snapped it up.  I like the number of pockets it has, the wet pouch and the padded change mat.

That reminds me, we also have the pram now.  We’d been eyeing up the Mothercare Orb for some time as it was in the sale reduced from about £450 to £280.  It’s black, compatible with the maxi-cosi and comes with the carry cot, toddler seat, cosy toe and raincover.  Previously we’ve had the Quinny and the tyres were awful as they were air filled and punctured on a regular basis.  I’m happy to say we won’t have that problem this time as the wheels are made from some kind of solid foam.

I shall be sharing  what I pack in my hospital bag and I might do a review/first impressions of the pram if I can find the energy.

You can keep track of my pregnancy journey on my Instagram or Facebook page.

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16 Comments

  1. January 19, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    People carry differently, Caroline and a small bump does not mean there is anything wrong with your bubba. I actually quite like small bumps! Hope all continues to be well with your pregnancy.xx

  2. January 19, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I had a really small bump with Rosalie. I didn’t even do bump updates until 20 weeks because before then you couldn’t see anything. It seemed pointless! Its keep saying the baby was hiding in my ass! Xx

  3. January 19, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Your bump is lovely!
    Oh I remember those fanny daggers very well haha, that part made me laugh! I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and can not wait to reach the half way mark x

  4. Sophie
    January 19, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Aww that’s such a cute bump! Even though you said you won’t name baby girl daisy, I think it’s a lovely name 🙂 xx

  5. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows
    January 19, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    I think your bump looks lovely and neat. I was like a whale each time with my three! A mum at school who was one week ahead of me with Ben with her third was tiny – I didn’t even realise she was pregnant until she was abut 6 weeks away from her due date and suddenly popped out!

  6. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows
    January 19, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    I think your bump looks lovely and neat. I was like a whale each time with my three! A mum at school who was one week ahead of me with Ben with her third was tiny – I didn’t even realise she was pregnant until she was abut 6 weeks away from her due date and suddenly popped out!

  7. January 19, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Love reading peoples updates. I had a really small bump, when I went in for my ECV to try to turn Amelia at 37 weeks four midwives didn’t believe I was that far along so sent me off for another ultrasound! Popped for the last couple though 🙂 x

  8. January 19, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Oh no, not the dreaded fanny daggers! I hated that, haha!
    I loved reading your update. Don’t worry about a small bump, I was tiny with both of mine, everyone carries differently!

  9. January 20, 2016 / 8:26 am

    We had our names set from the moment we were told they were girls. We love Disney themed names. Your bump is so tiny too!

  10. Jenna
    January 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Ah you are obviously ahead of the curve when it comes to popular baby names!! You just never know what’s suddenly going to become popular.

    I had a small bump throughout my whole pregnancy and always felt worried about it when I look at other people’s in comparison. I needn’t have worried as there was a perfectly sized little baby in there. Don’t sweat it. xx

  11. January 20, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Oh how lovely, you have such a perfect bump. I, unlike you put on far to much weight and water retention to look so lovely in my pregnancy! God! Don’t remind me about the ‘daggers’ down below. They were truly one of the worst symptoms of both my pregnancies. Good luck choosing a name for you bundle. x

  12. January 20, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    Gorgeous bump And ‘fanny daggers’ haha that is a genius expression. God I remember those pains xx

  13. January 22, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Fanny daggers sums it up perfectly doesn’t it. I’ve had that. Is it to do with the stretching of something. I hope it passes soon and you start to feel more comfortable

  14. January 23, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Ahh!! Loved reading this post – I have a VERY similar due date to you (20th May) and we’ve just bought a Mothercare Orb too (although, went for a second hand one as only cost us £30 and it’s in great condition). Your bump looks beautiful – you’ll be grateful for a small bump later down the line! I’m sure half of my bump is just the result of the crazy sweet tooth I’ve developed! LPMx

  15. January 23, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    I think I might be one of those whoppers you’ve seen on Facebook! I feel so big! I’m 24 weeks tomorrow and look 35 weeks! I don’t think baby is bigger then he should be, I’m just really showing. Everyone pops at different times though, I’m sure they would of noticed at the scan if she was small. Have you looked at the chart in your notes? Mine says baby is slightly below the 50th centile xx

  16. January 23, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Fanny daggers made me LOL not because they are funny I know they certainly aren’t but i havent heard them called that before haha! Glad your pregnancy is going well – such a cute occult bump! xx

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