10 October 2013, by Mandy Loh
Last week, we went for our mid-pregnancy detailed scan, also known as the anomaly scan – one of the major milestones of pregnancy. This scan is important as it measures and checks all sorts of things like the shape and structure of baby’s head, making sure all four chambers of the heart are functioning properly, and looking at the spine, arms, legs, hands and feet etc to make sure everything is developing well and there are no abnormalities.
For folks like Tim and I, who had opted not to go for the OSCAR test (to detect Down’s Syndrome) at the 12th week of pregnancy, this is an important check-up to ascertain that our baby is developing normally. And although its not the main point of the scan, we were also very eager to find out Doubbles’ gender!
For the last few check-ups, Doubbles had been really shy and modest, lying in coy positions that made it impossible for us to peer at his or her crucial bits. While we deliberately did not want to know Cristan’s gender before he was born, this time round, we were raring to find out. Ironically, our ob/gyn was able to make out Cristan’s gender very early on in the pregnancy, yet this time round, when we DID want to know, we were kept in the dark for a long while!
So anyway, going back to the detailed scan, we patiently waited as the doctor (not our usual ob/gyn) scanned Doubbles’ vital organs, while giving us a monotonous running commentary. We politely acknowledged and nodded as he pointed out the baby’s atria and ventricles, veins and arteries, and quietly gave thanks as he said everything looked normal. But to be honest, Tim and I were getting really bored, my right arm was getting a little numb from the position I was lying in, and I was almost dying to shout out: “can we just find out the gender already??”
Perhaps he read my mind, or maybe he could sense that we were getting antsy, because halfway through the checks, he suddenly decided that yes, it was time to zoom in between Doubbles’ legs and finally solve the mystery!
We held our breath as he manoeuvred the handheld probe around my belly to get the “money shot”, and would you believe it, it was still really tricky getting a good, clear view! In fact, I almost felt like a pervert, violating Doubbles’ privacy like that! The doctor continued mumbling in his monotone as he helped us decipher the images on the screen, saying that if the baby were a boy, the male parts should be more obvious, so there was a high chance this was a girl. He continued moving the probe around and zooming in for a better view, and muttered that since there was nothing sticking out, it was definitely a girl.
Bear in mind that the doctor was talking in a soft monotone, as though talking to himself, and Tim and I were really confused as to whether he was still trying to figure out Doubbles’ gender, or if he had arrived at the conclusion. A couple of minutes later, Tim finally exclaimed “Oh its a girl!”
To which the doctor replied, slightly irate, “Yes, that’s what I said. Where have you been?”
I burst out laughing – it was just too funny! And also because I was overjoyed that Doubbles is going to be a girl! Hooray! Just as we had hoped! 🙂 *Happy dance*