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Say hello to Charles :)

[OK touching wood and not jinxing anything OK?!?!?]

Well - the Charlene/Charlotte/Charlize issue is sorted, anyway. We hadn't intended to check the sex of our baby, and leave it as a surprise, but at the last check up we were looking at the scan and suddenly WW said - "Is that a willy?", and the doctor confirmed it was.

So - here is Charles (to be known as Charlie, probably):
ultrasound baby pregnancy 16 sixteen weeks

It's not a great picture (at first I thought the picture was a total disaster, but WW told me to turn it upside down :-p), but you can see the backbone clearly, and his arms and legs are all there - and everything is fine so far apparently. The doctor said he was 'clapping his hands' :-)

This is what he might look like in more detail


They're doing the 'Triple blood test' from WW's blood to see if there is any likelihood of Down's Syndrome, neural tube defects (for the baby - indicating possibility of spina bifida, or anencencephaly - taking folic acids helps to avoid these defects), and anemia (for WW). They said they will only call us if there are positive results (i.e. if something may be wrong). So hopefully, NO calls from the doctor next week!

Expecting!

I've been wanting to announce this for a while, but we were waiting for the first three months - we're expecting!! :-D
pregnancy ultrasound five 5 weeks

It was the best birthday present I ever had - on the 1st September, the pregnancy test confirmed what we've been hoping for for almost two years

Above is the first scan, at about five weeks. When the doctor said 'It's in the uterus', I felt a massive rush of relief, and realised how worried I'd been that we'd have a repeat of what happened two years ago. WW was pregnant, but it turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy - i.e. the fertilised egg got stuck in the fallopian tube and started to develop there; surgery was needed and the fallopian tube was removed... :-( Fortunately, WW was fine, but it meant that getting pregnant again was more difficult...

I guess we got our first lesson in parenting - plans are wise, but don't expect them to always work as intended... :-|

A couple of weeks later, all was developing smoothly
pregnancy ultrasound seven 7 weeks

but we've both found out that we do worry about whether all will go well... It struck me that a lot of time being a parent must involve being worried about the kid. Just have to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst, or something like that I suppose.

At about twelve weeks, we heard the heartbeat for the first time! And saw it too - although the heart was just a blinking pixel, it was pretty amazing and really brought home the fact that WW is carrying a living person-to-be in there :-)
pregnancy ultrasound twelve 12 weeks

In the above one, baby was looking a bit like an alien and waving arms and legs. About a week later s/he seems to be taking a nap or something...
pregnancy ultrasound thirteen 13 weeks

Though I guess that also has something to do with the skill of the doctor at positioning the ultrasound, because originally when she started the scan baby was upside down, lol.

She checked three things: the backbone (all there), the nose bone (check), and whether there was swelling around the neck (nope). So all is OK so far (touching wood).

So there you go - sometime about the beginning of May 2010, I'll have some photos of a chubby little Charles or Charlene (named after my grandfather) to share :-) (or does anyone have any other female versions of 'Charles' to suggest??) In the meantime, I'll just have more scans, and find one of those widgets to put in the sidebar, in true proud blogger parent-to-be :-D
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