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Time Traveller!


Today was Scan Day (which clearly needs capitalisation as it’s so important!).

Luckily we’re one of the parts of the country not affected at all by snow (the wind has blown down most structures in the area, and snow did fall but mostly upwards in crazy swirly vortexes and never settled!), so getting to the hospital was easy. I’m also a “regular” at the hospital following an injury last year so at least it feels a bit like home!

We went in really quickly, and the sonographer was brilliant. Really friendly, and clearly very good at what he does. There was no peering at the fuzzy grey screen as he poked around with the device (name unknown– sonograph?!) at my full bladder, his first touch his baby-gold…. the face! Baby was face down, so he ran the “device” along the length of the baby to show us heartbeat (phew), body, legs….. and then as he pressed on baby, it jumped up in the air and flipped over! So we got a great show from each side, face, body, arms, fingers, spine, front, back, legs toes– the works. It really is quite something, and I will put a picture on here at some point. I couldn’t believe the difference between 7 weeks and 12- it’s gone from an 11mm blob to a 58mm (what they call Crown to Rump- head to bottom!) fully formed baby. It really is just…. amazing. You really do feel like the only pregnant woman in the world when you see that first real scan!

The good news was low nuchal fold measurements (one of the things they measure to calculate the risk of Downs Syndrome) and due to the size, I’ve also been bumped along a week- hence the title of this post!

It’s strange, you imagine you’ll be pregnant for 9 months, which sounds like a really long time. Then you realise that this is measured from your last period, so you’re actually pregnant for 8months 2 weeks. But then by the time you find out, you’re only knowing you’re pregnant for 8 months (or less in some cases!). And now I’ve been bumped forwards a week, I’m going to “know” I’m pregnant for 7 months 3 weeks. Having said that, I’m obviously aware that first babies are not exactly known for turning up on time…. so who knows!

On top of all that I’ve felt inspired enough to cook a nice “celebratory” dinner and we might have made another huge life decision today too…….





My scan date has come through- I feel so relieved.
And it’s next week which is great news- I’ll be 12+1 by my dates or 12+2 by the date from my cheeky 7 week scan.

And now the next lot of worry starts- results from the nuchal measurements and combined blood tests (Downs Syndrome, MRSA, and many more). Fun stuff…. but at least we can start telling people on a wider scale, providing that all goes well at the scan. (almost)phew!

Repeating myself…..


This week has been a little stressful- with the delirium of managing to get through the week coupled with the crippling tiredness of nausea and vomiting, plus managing a whole (ok almost whole) week at work has been very confusing.

Apart from the scary miscarriage poster, I had a small scare about a pregnant friend who had a fall (think she’s ok- I bet she had more of a scare than I did, but you feel so helpless!), still no scan date and the dubious fun of arranging a repeat prescription.

I work in another town (leave home 7am, get home 7pm kind of thing) so I’m unable to fill in repeat prescription form at the surgery during opening hours, or even pick one up and post it another time. My husband also works in another town and is out mostly during the opening hours of my surgery. I’m the kind of numpty who lost the bit of paper with the repeat prescription on from the last lot, so I can’t fill in and post through the dr surgery door.

My drs won’t take over the phone prescription renewals, but they did say on their website that I could do it by email, which I have attempted to do, but there’s no reply from them to confirm that they’ve received and/or processed it.

I had to send my husband back from work early on Friday night to pop in to see if it was ready and give full instructions of what to put on the form if the email hadn’t arrived. Thankfully all was good, save the usual snotty rude receptionist who treated my husband like he’d asked for a blow job rather than to pick up my prescription!

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And what are we doing at the moment? Trying to choose a new kitchen. As that’s not stressful at all!

We’ve been to most the usual cheaper places (Homebase, B&Q, Wickes) and a few of the more expensive (Magnet, Optiplan online) and think we’ve made a decision (ish). There’s so much to think about- layout, units (top and bottom) appliances (which to replace, which to keep), worktops, lighting, sinks, taps, handles, clever corner magic swirly pully-outy-things, discounts….. There’s A Man coming on Monday, and hopefully he will have some good ideas about the planning and dimensions. But I guess with baby on the way, we’ll not have any more money than we do now (having almost recovered from replacing our car just over 2 years ago, the wedding 3 years ago and buying the house 4 years ago)……

But it’s still a lot of money.

And it’s very scary.

"A woman's place is in the kitchen" MKII
(Forgot this picture existed!)

And last of all- I haven’t received my scan date. Now I love mumsnet (hello September thread buddies reading this!), but as my baby is due near the end of the month, most of the people on my thread are 1-3 weeks ahead of me, progress wise. And on top of that, it seems my area has a slightly weird way of doing things. Apparently in Surrey, you don’t get sent your scan date in the post until you’re 12 weeks pregnant, and it’s booked in for week 13. Whereas it’s to my understanding that you usually receive a scan date 1 week after your booking in appt (which we had at 8weeks +5days) for around weeks 11-13 ish. So all my chat-thread-buddies have all either a) had their scan already or b)have a date for a scan.

I feel a bit behind as I’d like to have my scan date- but also because I am now back at work and I am getting very booked up, so I’d like to be able to plan ahead. Husband is also busy and will need to take half a day or so off for the scan!