Less than a week to go …

Jane's bump
Jane’s bump at 36 weeks and 3 days. (Used with permission from Jane!)

Scan #9

Yesterday Jane and I drove the now very familiar road to Dundee, to Ninewells Hospital, for our last babies scan.

We’re now at 36 weeks and have a confirmed date of Tuesday 18 November 2008 for a scheduled Caesarean section. The end is in sight, ladies and gentlemen of the World Wide Web … and the beginning! What a journey we’ve been on this past year.

On the wall of the scanning department waiting room is a display showing various ultrasound scans of singleton babies from 7 weeks to 28 weeks.

I remember sitting nervously in that room for our first scan at 6 weeks and how delighted we were with the little dots that we saw on the monitor. We commented then that there was no 6 weeks scan on the wall display, and commented again yesterday that we were now eight weeks beyond the last scan displayed.

We’ve now had nine scans — they certainly look after pregnancies of multiples at Ninewells. Once again the scan showed that the boys are doing well. We’re now all set for meeting them in person on Tuesday.

37

Yesterday (Tuesday) was my birthday; I was 37 years old. Next Tuesday will be their birthday; they will be 37 weeks old!

Of course, they will be thirty seven weeks old for a short while. And then someone will press their age reset buttons and we’ll have to start counting again from zero. Perhaps we should keep track of these different ways of counting their ages in parallel.

Getting ready

A few folks have asked us if we’re ready. Here are a few photos as way of an answer.

iCandy Pear
iCandy Pear pram parked in the hallway.

Two sleepsuits hanging on a cupboard door.
Two sleepsuits hanging on a cupboard door in the living room.

Cots
Two cots, made up and ready. Note the different colours!

Baby monitor
Tomy baby monitor on top of an empty bookcase.

Nursing chair
Reclining glider nursing chair from John Lewis.

Waiting

Now we simply wait patiently.

Jane’s hospital bag accompanied us to Ninewells and back again yesterday. Just in case. The car is filled up with petrol (92.9p per litre), the camera has new batteries and an empty xD card, and I’ve booked my paternity leave starting on Tuesday.

What a blessing this is from God. At times during the last eight years we’ve wondered if we’d ever get to this point. We wondered if we would ever be able to give life to one child, and here we’re expecting two. God is good.

If it’s your discipline, please do remember Jane and the babies in your prayers, for a safe delivery on Tuesday, that Jane will recover well and quickly, and that the boys are in the best possible health. But most of all that we’ll get lots of sleep, before we forget what that is!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

8 thoughts on “Less than a week to go …”

  1. Hey guys, all the best for tuesday – Jane looks pretty compact for having twins! Hope all goes well and smoothly, looking forward to the news and pictures!
    lots of love from Jo and Andy xx

  2. Can’t believe that it is almost here – it only seems like a couple of weeks ago that we were sitting in your lounge and there was no hint of a bump then. Jane – enjoy every minute of peace and quiet now as it all disappears as of Tuesday, but it is so so so worth it.

    Remember – cooking with babies really sucks so accept all the delivered meals from friends and family you get, but did you know that Anstruther has one of the best wee chippy shops around???? Bet you didn’t….

    Anyhoo, all the best for the big day, this time next week you will be a family of four. That’s so fab

    Jennyx

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