Jane’s bump at 36 weeks and 3 days. (Used with permission from Jane!)
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.
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.
A few folks have asked us if we’re ready. Here are a few photos as way of an answer.
iCandy Pear pram parked in the hallway.
Two sleepsuits hanging on a cupboard door in the living room.
Two cots, made up and ready. Note the different colours!
Tomy baby monitor on top of an empty bookcase.
Reclining glider nursing chair from John Lewis.
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!