It seems most babies get a nickname while in the womb, sometimes long before their real name is decided upon.

That’s how it went with Lauren. Though we decided on a girl’s name fairly early on and prettily easily, we never called her by that name, even after we found out we were having a girl. For the entire pregnancy, she was known as Lucky. A very short time after we learned I was pregnant, Geordie just happened to randomly say how lucky our baby would be. It stuck. Sometimes we wondered if we’d ever be able to call her by her real name after she was born.

For the record, we call her Lauren. Lucky seems to belong to those long weeks and months of pregnancy, when we were uncertain at times but happy and innocent. She was Lucky when she was ours. At times, now, it hurts to even hear that word.

Even a short time after losing Lauren, we knew that we would eventually try for a second child. For a while, we called this child Number Two. We both agreed that this was not a great nickname and that we’d probably want something else when it finally came down to it.

Geordie to the rescue: he suggested Niko, which for the sake of brevity I’ll just say essentially means “second child” in Japanese. It’s short and easy to say/remember, and it’s what we’ve been calling this child since we found out about the pregnancy. It’s also the name I’ll use to talk about this baby in future posts (hopefully the next one won’t be in another two weeks, I’d like to get myself back on a regular posting schedule).

As for “real” names, we haven’t made any decisions. We have a couple of options picked out but nothing we feel very strongly about. That’s going to take a little more time.

In appointment news, the 16-week check-up will be on Wednesday. We’re hoping to have the anatomy/sex ultrasound in early August.

And, well, that’s about it. Starting in July, I’m going to try to make more of an effort with postings, but there will be a two-week break in the middle while I travel to Florida and visit family and friends without the company of my laptop. So, it might be August before the posts pick up again.

We’ll see how it goes.