It’s a boy! I know that the scan is never 100% accurate for sex determination, but I would say that it was fairly unambiguous.
We had a very nice trainee sonographer, followed by a fully qualified one to double check things. The upside being that we had more time staring at our baby.
I was unprepared for the level of detail that the scan would go into (not in resolution, as you can see from the attached snapshot). We got to see all of the things that they were checking for abnormalities like the heart ventricles and the various sections of the brain, the kidneys, the umbilical cord and the placenta. I am overjoyed to say that all seemed to be normal, with no swelling in the brain, symmetrical heart ventricles and two kidneys. The placenta is attached highish on the rear wall of Hannah’s uterus, so no worries about it causing problems with the delivery and we were even able to see that the umbilical cord had the three blood vessels it’s supposed to have and is well attached. All very gratifying, but the best thing was just being able to sit and watch our son waving his arms around, sucking his thumb and generally just being a baby.
He’s also growing nicely. At first they thought he was a bit small, but they were using our original due date so that was corrected by using the date given by the 12 week scan. They measure all sorts of things like the length of the femur (which you can actually see!) and the circumference of the head and tummy. Very impressive, and fascinating to watch. They reckon he weighs about 14 ozs at the moment. I asked Hannah how she explained all the weight she was carrying in that case, which got me a good slap 🙂
All in all, a very enjoyable experience. The scan was lovely to be involved in, and the clinic appointment afterwards was very efficient (no waiting around for any of the things we had today) but with plenty of time spent by midwife and doctor talking to us so we felt well looked after.
So, here’s the latest picture. It isn’t as good to view still as it was on the monitor but you can probably figure out what’s what.