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.