Drafting of this post started on 15 February 2013 and published only now cause I needed to be sure no. 2 is ready to be revealed.
Sometime last year, we decided it is time to give Ayra a younger sibling. It is either now or never. My plan is to get the child bearing part of my life settled and spend as much time as I can with my babies till they are ready for school. I don’t wish to see one child to school then plan for a second one, this will not enable me to return back to work and help bring in some dough for the family. So we did it.
Being the kan cheong me, I used the first kit too early. It was three weeks before my expected cycle and the test was negative. A week later, I decided to test it again, this time the second line was showing a little but never quite revealed in full after several minutes, so I take it that the kit was faulty. Still feeling that something is happening inside me, I tested it again few days before my cycle. And this time the lines were clear.
Mummy pray and hope and wish; drank lots of water and kept pacing around before the scan, hoping to catch a glimpse of your gender today. Filled with excitement I looked into the scan monitor and all we saw was your curved spine with head pointing down and legs folded. Doctor tried but it was another failed attempt.
Wanted to start buying stuff for you but now we can’t pick pretty colors nor boy/girl indicated stuff for you. And Mummy already is half way through your first scrap album; trying my best to keep it as neutral and none gender focus as possible. You’re really giving us a challenge ah?
Measured your weight today and you’re as 1234g, measuring 23.3cm in length. Gynae said all is fine and you’re healthy. With your arrival inching closer, and you getting into position to see the world, its highly likely that we’ll be kept in suspense till your arrival!
Looks like it’ll be neutral colored clothes, accessories and necessities for you for the first 3 months.
Be good and grow well baby. We’ll try again on 20th July.
While we wait for the arrival of our precious one, I started working on Baby’s first scrapbook! Scrapbooking has always been a part of my life since 6 years ago, but there wasn’t any strong motivation to get scrapping for awhile. Now that we are expecting our first baby, its time I get back to this expensive, time-consuming but lovely hobby. Keeping in mind not to buy unnecessary stuff that I’ll never use.
The week before the scheduled visit to the Gynae, Ayah and Mummy went to catch Thriller Live at Marina Bay Sands. I could feel you moving to the beat at some point during the show. We imagined you doing the moonwalk in the womb.
At the Gynae, you just had to prove us right didn’t you? The last time you had both your hands covering your ears and now you’ve got one hand over your forehead! Doing the MJ pose eh?
Baby has been keeping us in suspense. Both scan we try to see whether you’re a boy or girl, but you weren’t in the right position for the doctor to scan. Mummy was anticipating and counting down to the day of the second scan at KKH to see you. The doctor doing the scan for me that day was rather inpatient and she was called out to help at another room. Instead of taking time for you to go to the right position, she simply told us that its not possible to see that day.
Mummy was disappointed.
Two more weeks to the next visit to Prof Tee for the regular checkup. Hope you’ll be facing up instead of down this time. Don’t keep Mummy and Daddy in suspense for too long k?
Though mummy just hit 30, daddy wants to be sure that all is well for you and me. So I took the first trimester screening package to make sure that I do not fall under the high risk pregnancy category.
Blood test was done at week 9 and an ultrasound scan of nuchal translucency (NT) was carried out around week 13 day 6. The blood test was not as painful as I’d thought, though three tubes of blood was drawn out from my left arm.
The scan took quite a long time, mostly due to the long long wait for the doctor to come and the other because you were not in the right position for the doctor to see your nose. Mummy had to drink plenty of water and attempt to cough a couple of times so that you’ll move to the right position for the doctor to scan.
All results from the above tests were good and the risk of Down Syndrome is very very very very low. Daddy and Mummy are both very pleased to hear that.