Waiting for buses …

London buses
Non-identical buses

So, the observant amongst you will know that I’ve not been blogging quite as often as I used to, or would like. We’ll here’s the reason: I’ve been waiting for a bus. Of sorts.

This is the blog post that I’ve been longing to write for ages, and it even has a neat twist. But before I get ahead of myself, here’s the good news: the IVF worked!

For those of you watching in black and white and haven’t a clue what IVF is, Jane is pregnant.

Today we had the 12 weeks’ scan, which was our own personal non-disclosure deadline and so we can now share the great news with the world … albeit admittedly those citizens of the world with Web access.

The longest wait

I’ll probably blog later about my/our reflections on the IVF procedure, suffice to say here that the staff at Ward 35 (Assisted Conception Unit) at Ninewells Hospital were absolutely wonderful; we couldn’t have hoped for better.

We had the embryo transfer on Wednesday 19 March which was followed by the longest 17 days wait we’ve probably ever experienced.

Six weeks

On Saturday 5 April Jane took a pregnancy test and to our delight (and, to be honest, amazement) it showed that Jane was pregnant.

Twelve days later we had our first scan at Ninewells (still at Ward 35). This was a six weeks’ scan. I’ve no idea how these weeks are worked out. It would appear that doctors use a different kind of maths to the rest of us!

(Update: actually I do know, I was just teasing. As far as I can ascertain it’s so that the total pregnancy adds up to a nice round 40 weeks!)

Week 6 scan

The midwife who was doing the scan told us that she’d get her bearings and then show us on the monitor what she could see.

She sat down, got her bearings and told us that she could see the monitoring machine.

“Have you been drinking?” I asked. No, not really. I’ll get back to the proper story now.

“Will we get to see it’s heartbeat?” Jane asked.

“I’m not sure,” said the midwife. “Sometimes you can, sometimes you can’t.”

And then she showed us our baby on the monitor. It was 6mm long.

And then she showed us our other baby. It was 4mm long.

“You’re having twins!” the midwife said.

We were so delighted. We’ve been joking since about 2000 that we’d have twins. In the previous couple of weeks I’d been joking that it was quads. So the news of twins came as a delight and some relief.

The really amazing bit was that we could indeed see their heartbeats and sat watching their tiny, two-chamber hearts beating away; it looked like a really fast flicker on the monitor. Amazing, and reassuring.

Seven weeks

A week later they had us back in for another scan just to make sure that everything was going well.

It was. Both twins had grown to 10mm. They looked a bit like seahorses at this point.

Week 7 scan

Both embryos/babies were doing well with strong heartbeats. We could relax a bit and allow Jane to enjoy the next five weeks of so-called ‘morning’ sickness that is actually all-day sickness! We’re informed on authority that the symptoms of multiple pregnancies are generally worse than for singletons.

Except Valerie Singleton.

This was our final visit to Ward 35.

Twelve weeks

And so today we were back in Ninewells, this time at the Antenatal Clinic for the twelve weeks’ scan. Which looked like this:

Ultrasound scan of twins

They now look a lot more like proper babies. And not like Roswell experiments, as somebody kindly pointed out!

So, meet the family! At the moment they’re called Left and Right, but I’m sure we’ll come up with better names before December.

Both looked well, with strong heartbeats, and it really was absolutely amazing to see them moving about. “Baby Right” was doing somersaults, which was really impressive but he/she was probably just showing off cos he/she was on the telly.

Typical! Just like buses: you wait ages for one (in our case, eight years) and then two come along at once.

But how cool is that, and how blessed are we! Praise God (and the lovely staff at Ninewells Ward 35).

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

27 thoughts on “Waiting for buses …”

  1. Congratulations!!!

    In our experience (I say ‘our’, obvioulsy the experience was entirely Fiona’s) the, ahem, morning sickness and extreme tiredness stops at about week 17, so only a month more of it to go. :os

    And for some reason, doctors and midwives seem to count weeks of pregnancy from two weeks before conception. There is a reason for this, but not a very good one.

  2. Many congratulations!!

    Hope Jane is keeping well. With a 17 and a 13 year old, it’s kinda hard to remember the missus being pregnant, but timings were always a bit suspect. By a strange quirk both of ours were due on May 15 (different years obviously) but the first conspired to be a week early, while the second managed to be almost 3 weeks late – a trend she has continued throughout her life. H thought she was going to be pregnant forever!


  3. Wonderful, wonderful news. You made me cry, but I’m hormonal and pregnant (too…).

    Hope Jane’s sickness gets better – it’s soul destroying, I’ve been there!

  4. soooooooo happy for you both – still!

    very lucky and blessed babies to have Gareth and Jane as their parents!

    xxxx (one for each of you)

  5. oh….and by the way…..nice choice of bus route….the 52 used to run from just outside my local shop in Roe Green Village (NW9) all the way to Victoria….it was supposed to be every 20 mins, but usually 3 came every hour…..happy days!

  6. Dude, like I said, I’m stupidly happy for you both!! I think you should keep the left and right thing going but change it to names beginning with L and R! hehe.
    Praise be!

    oh and @lizzie
    “it was supposed to be every 20 mins, but usually 3 came every hour”….I was going to point out the obvious!

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  8. hip hip hooray!!! yipee! fandabidoze! bonza! whoopie! yes, yes, yes! hurra! whoo hoo!

    So totally over-the-moon for you guys…..cannot wait to see you both soon!!! We’re off to lochgelly on Sunday afternoon if you’re free to join us!!!!


    The thought of mini-Gareths scares me a little… I know they are both going to turn into lovely, well adjusted people tho! They have Jane as a mummy! 😉

    Just joking!

    I’m sooo pleased for you both!

    I hope everything goes well and Jane’s morning sickness eases!

    😀 *Dances around a bit before falling over* 😀

    Woo! 😀


  10. Hi, you don’t know me but I have read this blog on and off for a couple of years (found via google once…) – I felt I had to comment – many congratulations to you both!! Great double news!!!

  11. Congratulations to you both. keep well Jane and keep your strenght up Gareth. I have survived the General synod quite an eye opener.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Win & Pat

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