Today was weird and thrilling and scary and exciting all rolled into one. We had our first baby scan with Dr Thabo Matsaseng this morning, and my emotions were exactly as described above. On the drive to Tygerberg Fertility Clinic this morning, KB told me he was anxious about the appointment, which immediately made me feel better because I was also feeling anxious about it.
We were the second in line and Dr M was excited and a bit nervous for us too. The scan was done with the sonar wand again, as opposed to a tummy scan. He explained that many couples get to this point, but then the scan reveals that there is no viable pregnancy or that there is an issue. Needless to say, when he did the scan I watched his face instead of the screen – I only looked at the screen after he expressed his relief. I can’t tell you how sincere this man’s joy was at telling us that everything looks good! I keep saying it, but I’ll say it again – he is a legend and such a nice man.
Dr M pointed out arms and legs and the heart beating away furiously. We couldn’t hear the baby’s heartbeat because the equipment doesn’t allow for it, but it was easy to spot on the screen. KB took a couple of photos of the screen and a video of the scan – the machine they use at Tygerberg also doesn’t print out photos of the scan. According to the measurements, the baby is due around 9 February 2018, not far off the online due date calculator I used that estimated 6 February. Though it’s still too early to tell the gender, I can tell you it looks like we’re having a ninja with all the arm waving and kicking 😉
After I’d gotten dressed, Dr M wrote out a referral and asked that I book an appointment with my gynecologist and give him/her the referral. It was our last visit with Dr M, and although I’m happy that we won’t have to travel through to Tygerberg again, I am a bit sad that our journey with Dr M has come to an end. He is the reason we are on the road to becoming parents, he made this possible. It makes me a bit emotional thinking about it. Before we left I gave him a big hug and he hugged back just as hard, wishing us all the best for the rest of our pregnancy. He did make us promise to bring the baby round once he/she is born so he can meet them in person, which KB and I’ve agreed we definitely want to do.
It was possibly one of the most surreal things I’ve ever encountered. Watching a screen where there is a tiny person kicking and jiving away – and to know that that is OUR tiny person. So weird, so cool, so surreal…
Header image is an actual image from our scan!