Choosing a name is so much more difficult the second time around! With Emmalyn, we pretty much knew right away what we wanted to name her. We threw around ‘Olivia’ and ‘Amelia’ for a while, but we loved the name Emmy and my husband actually came up with Emmalyn as a more “sophisticated” name. Done! In the first trimester. Woop!Woop! (& as you know, we just chose to keep her name a secret until she popped out!)
Now we are a little more than halfway through and I’m having nightmares that Lil Sis won’t have a name come Birth Day. My nightmares actually consist of us coming home from the hospital, and her still not having a name two days postpartum. The nightmares continue with me crying; feeling super frustrated and pressured to pick The Perfect Name.
We have an on-going list of about twenty names, but only a handful are semi-semi-serious contenders. If we had a boy, the name was already decided months ago… Alexander. Piece of cake. I think it’s a tougher decision the second time around because she’s the second girl and her name has to *go* with Emmalyn’s. It has to fit in the same category of “unique,” (or whatever that means these days) but not too far-fetched. Both ‘Emma’ and ‘Lyn(n)’ are classic, traditional, and southern-sounding names. Therefore, we feel like Lil Sis’ name needs to match that. Then there’s the whole nickname situation: I feel like we must give this next baby a nickname because Big Sis has a nickname. I want her to have a nickname not just to be fair, but I think nicknames are fun and cute, too.
With Emmalyn, we were able to *try out* her name. We would call her by name in conversation and hear it out loud to see if it was fitting for our family. This time around, it’s quite difficult because we don’t want to confuse our big three year-old. If we start calling the baby by a name, say, for a week or two, and Emmalyn picks it up, what’s she going to think if we change it on her?? Instead, we’ve been writing names on her chalkboard, looking at them and soaking them in whenever we walk by.
We have casually and fleetingly thrown around names over the dinner table and have asked Emmalyn what she thinks about them, too. We’ve even asked her what she wants her little sister’s name to be. So far she’s come up with: Minnie Mouse, Baby Ariel, Boopy Baby, and Lasagna.
While those are great options, Em, the nicknames are looking a little bleak…
We were set on a name–or so we thought–but then realized it’s a name that has been recently been climbing the popularity charts. We actually just met a little girl Emmalyn’s age, named Emma (coincidentally), who’s new baby sister was just named this. I won’t say the name just in case we still use it… I love the name regardless, and am in denial that it’s becoming popular, but Blake has pretty much closed the door to it. (If you’re pregnant and looking at the The Charts, too, you can probably guess what it is…)
We won’t be like the family who is asking the Internet to name their baby, but any suggestions are greatly appreciated! 😉
If you have more than one child of the same gender, how did you decide on #2’s name? Did it come to you right away or were you making last-minute decisions while the Birth Certificate was dangling in front of your face?
How far along: 22 weeks
Symptoms: Heartburn, indigestion, and nausea… ugh! I don’t remember getting heartburn with Emmalyn until the third trimester. It stinks, y’all! Plus, my hips are crazy sore 24/7.
Maternity Clothes: Pretty much everything.
Total Weight Gain: 5lbs.
Movement: Lots! All the time. It feels like she’s predominately on my bottom right side.
Sleep: If the heartburn isn’t keeping me up, then sleep is pretty successful, minus my hips giving me trouble.
Cravings & Aversions: Been craving ice cream! The really bad for you kind of ice cream 😉
Not So Funny Moments: Being hormonal and emotional. Any little thing could set me off. Whether it’s forgetting to pay the cable bill (…never happened before! Damn pregnancy brain…) or a commercial, or some reason I don’t even know the reason! Hormones are weird!
Nesting: The desire to nest is there, and prevalent all over my Pinterest, but the desire to physically get up and take care of it is not–ha!
Best Moments This Week: Emmalyn feeling the baby kick for the first time. I put her hand on my belly and she said, “My little sister ‘booped’ me!” Then she pretended to tickle the baby back.
What I Miss: Feeling like a normal person, physically.
Looking Forward To: Emmalyn having a little sister!
We are now
unashamedly accepting donations.
Why? You may ask.
Our family is being filled with more bows, tutus, and tiaras!
I think the hubs and I were both a little shocked, as we were kind of thinking it was a boy, but honestly I’m sort of relieved on the amount of money we will save on allthegirlythings because goodness gracious there’s a lot of it!
Plus, Emmalyn’s reaction was priceless. I sincerely thought she wouldn’t *get it* but when we told her, she screamed and jumped into my arms, patting my back. It was beautiful.
It took a couple of days for the news to settle in, but we’re extremely thrilled and feel incredibly blessed to be bringing another little girl into the world. I mean, we did so great the first time around… 😉
How far along: 17 weeks, today.
Symptoms: Sporadic headaches, terrible allergies (I had this happen with Emmalyn, too), awful groin pain, making it quite uncomfortable to walk at times (already?!)
Maternity Clothes: Living in mostly regular leggings, although my maternity ones from H&M are much more comfortable. I have a pair of maternity jeans from Target and a brown pair of skinnies from Motherhood Maternity since I no longer fit into my pants! Since I’m pregnant during a different season this time around, I purchased long-sleeve maternity shirts, as it will get a lot colder in our new city.
Total Weight Gain: 3 pounds. I’m definitely showing a lot sooner than I was with Emmy.
Gender: This Type A Girl is anxiously awaiting! I was originally told I would find out next week, but could not get an appointment until December 31! I’m so bummed because I wanted to find out before my birthday, which is next Thursday (the 20th), but it looks like I will have to wait. Hmph! I’m impatient! Although…. it may be kind of cool to announce it at midnight…
Movement: It’s funny how this time around I was able to detect the little flutters right away, at around 11 weeks. I’m sure it had to do with the fact that I already knew what it felt like. Just this week I’ve started feeling the baby move around while I’m up and moving, too, whereas before it was just when I was sitting or lying still.
Sleep: When I’m not blowing my brains out into a tissue, I’m sleeping pretty well. I have finally stopped peeing a million bazillion times a night, so I’m thankful for that.
Cravings & Aversions: Nope to both!
Funny Moments: Uncontrollable peeing.
Not So Funny Moments: Uncontrollable peeing.
Nesting: I definitely have a lot more energy now that the first 16 weeks have passed. Before, I was so nauseous and felt like I couldn’t move from the sofa. Now, I am going from one errand to the next, and getting out more with Emmy.
Best Moments This Week: Hands down, having Emmalyn go to our ultrasound last Wednesday. The doctor let her *do it* and when she saw the picture on the screen she said, “Look Mommy! It’s our baby!” It was the most beautiful moment. I can’t wait for her to be a big sister. She’s going to rock it!
What I Miss: Having a little bit of alcohol at a restaurant.
Looking Forward To: Looking a little more pregnant. Right now I’m at the “is she, or isn’t she?” stage.