Hope you are all well. I have some news…
I'm super excited, not only is my very good friend Emma is pregnant but she and her husband is moving round the corner from me – this is very good news!
Emma and I went to the same school; she was always destined for clever educational matters and is now a GP doctor. She was also Head Girl at the school we went to, sadly a role I wasn't even considered for.
I felt incredibly privileged when a few days ago Em invited me to her baby scan as her hubby, despite trying to, couldn't make it. I've never been to anything like that and didn't know what to expect.
Emma and I grew up together, went to the same school, holidayed together and her first boyfriend was my older brother. So she is one of my oldest friends and the invite to the scan really touched me.
To see a five month old baby swimming around in her belly was amazing, I had no idea that they moved so much. Of course the purpose of the scan is much more important than seeing the size and gender; it is essentially to check the baby's heart, brain function and any potential defects. The radiographer explained the images on the screen, took some stills and showed us the different chambers of the heart, all quite clearly visible.
It's really emotional to think that in a matter of months that image will be an actual person outside the womb breathing for themselves, yet totally dependant on Em in every way.
As the radiographer was sweeping around the stomach checking the full development, we were told that apparently Emma's baby is the size of a banana! On closer inspection you could see the face and features, the spine and skeletal structure developing and even the little fingers.
To be honest Baby Emma was a bit of a poser, at one point she (I'm using 'she' because it's better than 'it') was reclined on her back with her arms behind her head! I really couldn't believe the level of detail that can be seen and the medical knowledge that can be gained from an ultra sound at that stage of pregnancy – it's quite remarkable.
When we left, as Emma had requested, the radiographer gave her an envelope with the gender of the baby written down. She hasn't yet opened it and isn't sure if she will, so we are all left wondering if it's a boy or a girl? It wasn't obvious to the untrained eye!
I really can't wait to welcome Emma and her hubby to the area but also welcome her newborn to the world!