My first ever dating Scan.

July 10, 2015

This week has seen much excitement.
We found a house we want to rent, viewed it at the start of the week, decided to take it straight away and have already been given a date to sign paperwork and collect keys. The house is perfect, everything we wanted and more. Both Dexter and the new baby will have their own room and our master bedroom even has en suite, something we’ve not had for about 8 years. I can’t wait to use a decent shower!

On top of all of that, we have also had our first scan of BabyRickerbyII.

I was so nervous about this scan. When I was pregnant with Dexter, I missed the first scan and was late for the second one as I didn’t know I was pregnant. By the time I found out, it became very obvious, very quickly. There was no doubting he was there as he wriggled away every day and my bump seemed to appear overnight. This time however, even after doing 4 pregnancy tests at different times on different days, it was still hard to believe there was anything there.
I had this fear that we would get to the scan and all they would find was an empty womb. Four tests should have been enough to convince me and then with my overwhelming tiredness that has on more than one occasion, reduced me to tears and a few days of feeling so sick I could barely move, there should never really have been any doubt.. but after trying for nearly a year, sometimes you just have to see it to believe it.

So anyway, we left Dexter with my sister-in-law and headed off to the hospital. I was expecting it to be full of bumps everywhere but it wasn’t very busy at all. We sat in the waiting room and were actually called in about 10 minutes before our appointment time.

11weekscan1Cold gel on the belly and as soon as the scanny thing touched me, there it was. The sonographer didn’t even have to look for it.  I was so relieved to see it and have it finally confirmed in my head. He took some measurements and calculated the due date as Jan 24th making us currently 11 weeks along. This makes baby roughly the size of  a fig. 
The sonographer printed off a few pictures for us and we waited outside while he filled in and updated the paper work for us.
We then headed off to another waiting room where I was to have a blood test to decide our risk factor of the baby having things like Downs Syndrome. We decided to have this first blood test as it would be nice to know the likelihood, however we have decided that even if we are high risk, we wont have the next test as it involves a risk of miscarriage and we already know that we would still love and care for our baby whatever happens. If it turns out theres a high risk, at least we can prepare ourselves based on that, just in case.

I had to go straight to work after the scan so didn’t really have time to send the picture to anyone or tell them anything. I would’ve liked to have written this post that evening but I was unexpectedly treated to dinner straight from work too so today is my first opportunity to share with you. Well, what can you do when theres a free meal involved?? Haha

So, Let me be the first to introduce you to BabyRickerby II. May he or she feature in many posts in the future!11weekscan2


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  • Reply rhian griffiths July 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I love this post… not sure post is the right terminology but hey you know what I mean… reading this brought me back to my dating scan… I found out I was pregnant with Tyler so early like less than 6 weeks gone… so getting to 12 weeks seemed to take FOREVER! I remember feeling exactly the same way you have… what if they look and there is nothing there! I did 20 pregnancy tests but I still didn’t believe it. I cried when I saw my little dot on the screen. So emotional and happy all in one… congratulations again keep us posted! Xxxx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Haha glad I’m not alone in that then! I had to keep telling myself 4 tests couldn’t all be wrong haha. You can be sure I will be keeping you all posted. You’ll probably all be bored by the time I get to the birth haha.

  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles July 11, 2015 at 1:02 am

    So happy for you! Everything is falling into place and I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes really smoothly xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 11, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Thank you, it certainly feels that way at last. These last few weeks have been hard but its looking up now 🙂

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