This morning was our 13 week foetal assessment scan and WOW what an experience! I can honestly say it is the most incredible thing ever. From our last scan just over two weeks ago the change in the kids is incredible. They now seem to move with intent and literally flipped themselves around in their sacs, waved their tiny hands (which you can see every little finger on) at us and sucked in amniotic fluid.
Shannon who did our scan was incredible. She explained everything as she went and seemed to examine every tiny millimetre of each baby. Both babies are measuring perfectly on track at 13 weeks and 13 weeks 1 day (I am 13 weeks today). She did cross sections through their heads to check skull bones and the two clear hemisphere’s of their brains. She pointed out their tiny clavicles, the perfect four chambered hearts beating away, the umbilical cord going into their tummies and the arteries feeding them from the umbilical’s. She measured arms and legs and head diameter and counted fingers and examined the placentas (which have both attached on the same side of the uterus). Both nasal bones were very clear and their nuchal folds are nice and small (1.92 and 2.26 – under 3 is low risk). And through it all she kept explaining what she was doing and why and what the measurements were and pointing things out to us and she kept saying, “good” or “great” or “nice” or (my favourite) “perfect”.
Then she wanted to know whether we wanted to know their sex and we said “duh”, no actually we said “YES!”. She went straight to Baby B (who we more lovingly call Sausage) and focussed in on the bum area and showed us a tiny little bit sticking up and there is our boy! Then she went to little Baby A (Pudding), and tried again to focus in on the bum area. She struggled a bit and said she had saved a picture in case she couldn’t see it again, but then, she pointed out three lines and said “here’s your little girl”. I have to admit to starting to sob at that time. Somehow knowing the sex made it so real for me.
For the first time I am starting to believe that I am actually carrying to perfect little human beings in miniature. Two perfect babies who have made it to the second trimester looking great. Chris sat and shed a tear or two (or maybe more than that) at various points through the scan. He held my hand so tight and squeezed every time there was something extra special to see. And when Shannon walked out the room afterwards he gave me such a loving and deep kiss. That’s my Babies’ Daddy!!!
So now the real fun of the second trimester begins. First off the nausea is easing. I still puke most days, but am getting an occasional day off (YAH for that). But now comes the period of preparing for their arrival. We have a nursery to prepare, millions of things to buy, and I am now ready to just soak up the positive experience and enjoy my baby girl and boy growing inside me. We have already started an occasional classic music listening fest for them and the Doppler was out again last night so we could listen to them. I think bed time stories come next… or am I getting ahead of myself. I am feeling so excited and happy.