We are rapidly approaching the end of the second trimester and find ourselves reaching the time where we really ought to be thinking about all the things that need to be done before baby’s arrival. Well, that’s not quite true. I have thought a lot about all the things that need to be done. What we need is to be getting on with actually doing them.
We do have 11 weeks left though and in a way 11 weeks lulls us into the false sense of security that we have plenty of time. We know that before we realise it we’ll find ourselves with a month to go and still no closer to being ready. That is one of the ramifications of having a large family – the more times you experience pregnancy and birth the more complacent you become and the urgent need to get everything ready seems to come later and later on in the pregnancy. Or perhaps that is just me?
Surely I am not the only one who had everything ready and in place by 20 weeks during my first pregnancy yet is still getting the baby’s clothes ready in the final couple of weeks during the last few pregnancies? I put it down to not needing to buy very much new stuff for later babies. We already have cots, buggies, car seats and so on, so the main task is getting everything out of storage and cleaning it in preparation for the new addition which, let’s face it, isn’t as much fun as looking for and buying new things – even for a non-shopper like me.
During the last week there has been a lot of talk about baby names. Baby Rapunzel was one on the short-list. So was Baby Zelda and Baby Link. I’m not so sure about any of them really despite the convincing arguments and pleading in their favour.
Paddy told us yesterday about the time when he was in my belly and wanted to be called ‘Link’. He was very upset that we’d named him Paddy instead. I tried reassuring him that I was all for calling him Link but it was his father who had vetoed it in favour of Paddy. So this morning Paddy came running in to let me know that Daddy said we can call the new baby Link! Hurrah for Daddy, huh?
This week we head off for our 4D scan. I am so excited to see the little one again. We won’t be finding out the gender but we’ll instead be looking out to see if we can glimpse anything (or not!) as the sonographer scans across the baby. And of course we’ll be bringing the TV crew along to film it too. It’s all good fun!