3 August 2020

Second Trimester Pregnancy Update

WOW! The second trimester has absolutely flown by - and yet so much has happened during the last 3 months (including moving house).

Baby H has grown from the size of a lemon to an aubergine! We found out whether we were having a son or a daughter, and we've really started to bond with baby and recognise movement patterns.

Let's go back to the start...

16 Weeks
My morning sickness had finally started to go away! I was feeling more myself again and took interest in reading, listening to music etc instead of just laying on the sofa feeling totally sea sick. I still wasn't able to go outside too much due to lockdown and wanting to isolate, but I was able to move my body again and I started doing my Barre classes online. Pre-pregnancy I went to 3 classes a week so I really noticed the impact both mentally and physically when I couldn't exercise.

Baby H started to flutter in my tummy, although it did feel like wind at first so I can't be exactly sure of what week I started to feel their tiny movements - I remember it seeming very early. It felt like little gurgles or bubbles in my lower abdomen.

18 Weeks
Baby is now the size of a croissant! I had waited a long time for this moment, my love of French pastries is no secret, and I was very excited for this week. To celebrate, we had a croissant picnic in the park that Simon waits for me near the hospital, and where we took our first scan photos... so it's a very special place for us.

20 Weeks
It's a girl! This week really did seem to take forever to come around. Unfortunately due to restrictions I still have to attend scans at the hospital alone - so the sonographer kindly gave us a gender reveal scratch card so that we could find out together, again at a celebratory picnic in a local park.

We were absolutely delighted to find out we were having a daughter, I think I always knew it would be a girl. Simon was hoping for a boy I think but since the moment we found out he's totally team girl now. Finding out the gender really deepened our connection to the baby, even saying "her/she" rather than "it" makes everything seem more real.

The scan itself lasted an hour, which was really long, because baby was tucked up in a lower corner and really didn't want to come out to have her picture taken. And of course important measurements are taken during this scan so we really needed her to come out. I had to wiggle my hips and move about before she finally stuck her bottom out and rolled over to face away from us!

This was also the first time I was able to see my family again since I found out I was pregnant - we told them the gender by handing out special pink cakes covered in chocolate so that they had to bite into it to reveal either a blue or pink sponge... my mum screamed with joy.

We felt a definite first kick this week also! She responds to Simon's voice and touch, which is absolutely heartbreaking to watch him cosied up talking to my bump.

22 Weeks
This week we got to do something we'd been waiting for since we found out we were having a baby (and I'd dreamed about since I was little) - we went baby clothes shopping! Lockdown restrictions had started to ease and shops were open again with strict measures in place. I was concerned about going shopping, and only wanted to go for the novelty and wanting to do something a bit normal as growing a baby in lockdown up until now felt very lonely and isolated. We went really early and pretty much had the baby section to ourselves. It was such a lovely feeling to look at all the tiny clothes and pick out special items for our baby girl.

I shared a 'Little White Company Haul' here if you'd like to see what we chose!

24 Weeks
With life starting to feel a little bit back to normal we were excited to book a personal shopping experience at Mamas and Papas - they had offered these online but with our antenatal classes and everything else happened over Zoom we were keen to do something in person, and together.

We were able to book a slot an hour before the store opened so that it was just us and the Personal Shopper, all the products were wiped before and after we handled them, so we felt very safe the whole time. It was so surreal looking at prams! It kind of felt like we were playing 'Mum & Dad' pushing them around the store... but thankfully Simon had done his research and knew all the right questions to ask. Our favourite two were the Ocarro X Liberty London and the Nuna Mixx Next.

I thought we might come away feeling very overwhelmed but we actually learnt that a lot of things needn't be purchased until baby is here, so it was really more about the essentials. I would highly recommend booking an appointment if you can!

25 Weeks
Baby H's kicks are getting a lot stronger and can now be seen from outside my tummy! It's lovely to sit and feel her getting comfy (when her feet aren't directly jumping on my bladder that is...)

My back is really starting to ache now, and it's difficult to get comfortable at night time - I do however only get up to go to the bathroom once, and my body clock wakes me up at 6am... every. damn. day.

27 Weeks
We really wanted to attend a scan together, my heart ached when I got to see our daughter on the screen and Simon wasn't there. Plus it was almost 2 months since our last scan and we hadn't seen our midwife yet - so we wanted to check she was healthy too.

We booked a private 4D Bonding scan, which was about £100 for 20 minutes. It included a growth scan and all the vital checks to make sure baby is okay, as well as some time just looking at her wiggling about on the screen. She was in an "unfavourable" position (one leg above her head blocking her face) so we had to take a short walk around the block to encourage her movement.

In the end we did get a little glimpse, and we listened to her heartbeat together for the first time too which was really important for me. It was definitely worth the money, the photos and videos aren't the greatest quality, but the experience alone of seeing her together whilst we held hands was priceless.

So that pretty much brings us up to date -
I have my first midwife appointment this morning, so I'll include that at the start of my third trimester diary - argh!!

We're now going to start decorating the nursery and getting all her things ready, as deliveries of baby things are now taking over the house.

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- H x