S: Our private gender scan was all planned in at 19 weeks so that they could write it down for us (as apparently the NHS can’t do that). My brother would do a small reveal to us which is something he said he had thought about for years. Neither Jack or I wanted a big gender reveal party but I also didn’t want to find out in a scan room so a small family gathering was the perfect compromise.
E: Soph had asked me about going for a gender scan earlier than 19 weeks, I felt we should wait to as close to 20 weeks as possible to find out the gender as with Mollie they’d told us she was 69% a girl, and I just thought that would be really annoying for S&J especially with doing a proper reveal! So they decided to wait until nearer the 20 week scan when it would be more likely they could tell properly. Telling Soph to wait is like telling a child not to touch a sweet which is right in front of them ha!!
S: One of our girls hosted a Halloween dinner a couple of weeks before our gender scan was planned in and we were all sat there talking and I got a bit overwhelmed with everything! I genuinely believe my brain hasn’t caught up with the fact that this is finally happening. We got onto talking about the gender scan and I spoke about just needing to know now. One of them turned around to me and said why are you waiting just go tomorrow! I looked at Em and she said let’s do it! We would be 17 weeks at this point. Everything else seemed to fall into place – there was an appointment available and my brother was free to do his reveal!
E: I could see Soph was struggling with the talk we were having around the table and I just thought, well, why not. Obviously it’s always been her choice, but we all just happened to be around the next day, so it seemed like there was no harm! We’d also had the NHS appointment through which was the day before the family gender reveal, so if they weren’t sure at the private scan, at least they’d have that to fall back on!
S: I didn’t tell Jack where we were going until we were on our way to the scan! He was pretty shocked but knows I’m impatient so actually wasn’t surprised! James was at work so it was just the 3 of us. We went back to Watford (Window to the Womb) only because it had an appointment available but I didn’t care that I hadn’t liked it there last time!
E: I felt like a secret squirrel being bundled into their car to go off to the scan- it was a lot of fun!! We were all excited to see the baby again too!
S: We told the sonographer we didn’t want to know the gender in the room. The scan was just incredible. The baby had grown so much in the 4 weeks since we had last seen it. You could clearly see the spine! She then flicked onto 3D mode. Not the prettiest image in the world 😂 and the baby looked like Voldemort but as soon as we saw it all 3 of us said OMG that looks like a boy! She told us to not look at the screen whilst she figured out the gender. The baby had its legs crossed a while but a few coughs from Em and she had it!
E: I’ve never had an inkling as to what the baby was, but when we saw the 3D scan I immediately thought boy!
S: I probably shouldn’t have asked but I wanted to know from the sonographer how sure she was of the gender. She said 99.9%. In that moment and gut feeling I felt it was a boy!