Yesterday was Baby 12’s 4D scan.
It was the nice scan – the one where we could relax and not worry about checking for abnormalities or markers. The one where we could simply look and watch and enjoy.
And enjoyable it was.
This is the third pregnancy in which we have had one of these scans. The first was with Joseph, then the twins and now it was Baby 12’s turn and each time we have returned to the same place.
We were ready and on track to leave on time but then got a little held up with filming so ended up ever-so slightly late. Well about 15 or 20 minutes late. And I hate being late anywhere!
After confirming that no, we didn’t want to know the gender of the baby, we got on with packing out the scan room and beginning.
It took minutes to ascertain that Baby 12 was lying transverse with its head on the left side of my belly and its bottom across on the right. Baby’s head was snuggled cosily into the placenta looking like it had settled upon a comfy cushion for a much-needed snooze. Try as she might the sonographer could not get Baby to turn and face us, so nestled was it in its spot.
We all watched in awe as it smiled and frowned and sucked its thumb. It has the Sullivan trademark frown, a trait inherited from Daddy. And the big hands too it seemed. Oh, and hair! It already has hair!
The mouth and the chin – in face the whole image of the face looked to all of us like Joseph leaving most of us convinced that Baby 12 is another boy. All of us except Oliver who is certain that it is a girl.
The younger children spent much of the scan talking baby names. Link and Zelda are still the main requests. There will be some disappointed children when we tell them what names we have decided on. Link and Zelda didn’t quite make the parental short-list this time.
It doesn’t matter how many times we experience this journey. The pregnancy, the scans, the birth… it always, always remains a miracle!
Amazing and precious and so inexplicably special every, single time.
Only eleven weeks today until we meet you, Baby 12!
We’re looking forward to it!