This post originally appeared in my old blog,

The date January 4th had been in our minds for the last 6 weeks; once Christmas and New Year were done with it was a short countdown to this day and our 12 week safety-point scan. Not as significant as it might have been following our 10 week scan at the EPU (I just HAD to tell the whole world once we had a photo), but it was still magnificent.

The staff at UCLH have really impressed me so far – everyone has been so caring, sympathetic and professional. With the exception of the the phlebotomist who I thought was scary and mean at first, but after she sang Duffy at me throughout my last blood test I realise she’s just pleasantly nuts. Plus, if I can’t feel her taking my blood, she must be good. So every trip to the hospital right now feels to me like a holiday to EuroDisney, including the waiting (though I make this worse myself by insisting on being half an hour early to every appointment).

It’s mandatory to have two doctors present at your ‘milestone’ ultrasounds at UCH (is this what happens in other hospitals?) both confirming the health of baby, and my pair of doctors yesterday were great. According to them our baby is beautiful and perfect, music to our ears. They really took their time showing us different parts of baby, and we saw 10 fingers, 10 toes, a brain, eyes with lenses, lips, nose, ears, spine, legs, arms, the heart (157 bpm), a bladder and stomach… in short, everything is where it should be.

Our due date has been slightly adjusted to 21st July, making it pretty much guaranteed that baby will make an appearance on my 25th birthday (25th July), because I’m not good at sharing and Karma hates me like that.

Surprisingly they were able to take a guess at the sex of baby… it’s a GIRL! At least they are 60-70% sure, not enough for me to be calling baby ‘she’ or buying pink stuff, but good to know. Of course I would be happy either way but I was sure I could feel girl vibes from my uterus. And everyone knows mum’n’daughter matching outfits are cute

Roll on 21st July… I can’t wait to meet our baby.

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  1. Alex wrote:

    I have to say, while I have no quibble with the care I’m getting at the hospital I’m going to, no, I didn’t have two (or even one!) doctors present at my 12 week scan. In fact, when I asked the sonographer if “everything was okay” she said “it’s only the dating scan love, we’ll know more about the baby at 20 weeks. It’s alive and moving.” Well, yes, I can see that… I wasn’t expecting much detail, especially as I’ve opted for no Down’s screening, but I thought that at least a “well, everything’s what we would expect at this stage” would have been nice.

    So far at least four people have helpfully ‘confirmed’ my dates, even though I knew perfectly well from the start they were correct. ;)

    Posted 2.3.10 Reply
  2. Alex wrote:

    Oh, and no one even looked to hazard a guess at the gender… Suspect I’ll be booking at least one private scan in the next few weeks as well!

    Posted 2.3.10 Reply
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    How great that you commented here and I discovered your blog! It’s lovely to discover a fellow Digi Marketing professional who is also fun (dammit, I thought that was my USP…)! Looking at the places you write it seems that we must share some mutual acquaintances. How far along are you, and which hospital are you attending?

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