It’s a girl (we think)

A scan of a baby.

Last week, Kate and I went for the 20 week scan. For some reason, we were both really nervous about it. Odd as it’s the third time and I don’t recall either of us fretting so much on either of the previous occasions. Happily, everything seems to be going well and, unless the baby has a really good party trick, it’s a girl. She was quite camera shy – hence the rather rubbish scan picture – but, without putting too fine a point on it… well, there wasn’t a point on it. So to speak.

We’re both really excited – as we would be about a boy too; the fact that everything is normal is the most important factor, of course – as it’s going to be a completely new experience for us. It blows my sod’s law theory out of the water, that’s for sure! I’m reliably informed by friends who have children of both genders that they’re massively different, so a steep learning curve awaits.

The other exciting news is that we already have a name. To be honest, we’ve had it in mind for well over five years! It’s the one that we’ve both agreed on since day one – both in full and diminutive forms – but obviously haven’t had the chance to use it. So glad we didn’t waste it on the cat! It’s the only respect in which we’re organised or, indeed, prepared for the arrival of a girl. And, no, I’m not saying what the name is!

Speaking about pregnancy, I’m going to be doing just that at Mumsnet Bumpfest in September. I’ll be part of a panel aimed at helping dads-to-be with what to expect. I’m really chuffed to have been asked to take part and I think it’s great that dads’ roles are being acknowledged. I’d love to see as plenty of expectant fathers in the audience so if, like me, you’ve got a little one on the way, I hope to see you there.


  1. Notmyyearoff

    Congrats!!! I feel like I would be clueless with a girl but I’m sure it’ll all fall into place. We’ve left it a surprise and I find myself forever trying to guess 🙂

  2. Abigail Bryony

    Awesome, congratulations! What a lucky girl having two big brothers to look out for her x

  3. Dad

    Congratulations! I have my first ever 12 week scan coming up in a week and to be honest Im shitting it! I dont know why, I think its because I have read so much about the things that could go wrong! Fingers crossed 🙂

  4. Polka Dot Family

    Congratulations! Boys and girls are different but in many ways they are the same, I’m sure you’ll be fine. I’m hoping to attend Bumpfest in September so hopefully I’ll bump into you.

  5. Ali

    how exciting and congratulations! I love scan time but agree it’s nerve wracking too. I cried like a baby when I saw everything was ok with my 3rd. best of luck Thanks for linking in to PocoLo from guest host Ali @ Mum in a Nutshell

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