This morning was the twenty week scan. As usual it went as smoothly as everything does with us, in that we got to the hospital with fifteen minutes to spare for our ten am appointment only to find our appointment was at twenty past nine. So only twenty minutes late. We didn’t even get into Aberystwyth until twenty past nine! Anyway, the folks at the ultrasound were really nice and managed to fit us in anyway seeing as the man who had a ten o’clock appointment didn’t show.
I was willing to wait all day, cause I take the entire day off work to attend these appointments, I would’ve sat in that corridor all day if I had too. I didn’t want to go home without seeing my baby again, and hopefully finding out it’s sex. Especially as I’ve been counting down the days since the last scan we had.
Especially as we’ve been telling everyone we’re having the scan and hopefully finding out it’s sex.
This scan was much more detailed that the first one. Snappy is just a vague baby shape and measured in the first scan, but this scan really looked at all the organs, measured it’s head, brain, legs, arms, spine. Checked it’s heart was beating and the blood flow through it and the kidneys. You could see each individual chamber of it’s heart. I’ve never seen that on anyone before, let alone something small enough to fit inside my wife’s growing podge and isn’t even able to see what we’re looking at itself.
And toes! Tiny little baby toes! As clear as anything.
Everything was fine on the scan, all the measurements were fine and we got three pictures this time though we only asked for two (thanks folks!) and chose one to send to the in-laws. That means bethend and I can both take one to work tomorrow to show everyone.
We got to the end of the scan and asked what the sex of the baby was because she hadn’t mentioned it and she had a look and….
And well, watch the video below for the results.
So yeah, we’re having a boy. Of course it’s not certain – at twenty weeks it’s not 100% obvious and we’ll be choosing names for both sexes. Or maybe gender neutral names. We’re not sure. And this is not it’s gender. Sex and gender are not the same.
Anyway, we spoke to the consultant, bethend is just over the BMI for midwife led care and gets extra scans and a test for gestational diabetes. We have an appointment on my birthday, and then another scan on at the end of May. All the other blood tests were fine too, our risk of Downs Syndrome is like 1 in 30,000 and she’s negative for most things, and positive for Parvovirus B19 (called Slapped Cheek here) antibodies.
Apparently she is the only pregnant woman in five that work at her nursery to have checked this out. So they’re a little short staffed right now…
Bethend was worried that the baby wouldn’t be there (even though she feels it moving every day) or that something would be horribly wrong. I will admit I shared those fears too but whatever happens I know we can deal with it.
Which includes having a boy, which doesn’t really change anything, because I will dress it in everything I currently own pretty much. Including the giant pink snowsuit we were given cause it gets cold and that think looks cosy as hell.
It’s either that or wrap the baby in cats.
Anyway, I hope you liked the video, it stars my niece Poppy, our neighbour Lily, her two cousins and of course our Rooster Feathas, who is fine after nearly having a box fall on him.