As many of you already know, at 21 and a half weeks I had my “20 week” scan yesterday, also known as the anomaly scan. The main purpose of the scan is to check that everything is ok with the little person growing inside your belly. Fortunately everything was healthy and developing just as it should be so we can’t ask for more. Tom and I however, had also been dying to find out the sex of our baby. “Oh my God, WHY??” some people ask, like you’ve just stepped on their pet hamster. Well, we wanted to be prepared with the nursery and have a pink or blue baby from the off. I’m also my own worst enemy when it comes to secrets; I usually end up begging for my Christmas presents a week or so early because I can’t handle waiting so naturally, when faced with the opportunity of finding out what our baby was, of course I wanted to and thankfully Tom felt the same.
I have been feeling the little fella wriggling away for a couple of weeks now but the scan was still quite nerve wracking. Being able to actually see that everything is as it should be is such a relief. It was quite a difficult task for the poor radiographer though. He was a trainee in his final year so had to ask my permission before the scan commenced. I’m all for letting people learn and as it is was only a scan (what I mean is, no intimate prodding involved) Tom and I were more than happy for him to do it under the supervision of an old pro. Soon into the scan it became clear that he was having trouble seeing everything that he needed to. As I am not exactly the boniest person on the planet, teamed with the discovery of an anterior placenta (sounds beautiful doesn’t it?) the ultrasound had quite a lot to get through before reaching the baby. Because of this I geared myself up for not being able to find out the sex, to my huge disappointment but after a LOT of digging around, wiggling the scanner and pain, towards the end of the scan the more experienced radiographer took over and Baby Keegan not only allowed them to see into all of the necessary nooks and crannies - bladder, kidneys, heart but he also flashed us his little bits. There was no mistaking it – it was definitely a boy!
So… after mentally planning a trip to a 4D scanner throughout my ultrasound, we were so unbelievably happy to finally know that we’re having a little son! Saying that feels very strange. I think it’s the prospect of actually having to be responsible for another little being but I’m pretty sure we’ll be fine.
Let the Spending Commence
Until now we’ve been holding off buying anything for the baby or the nursery. Understandable as until yesterday we didn’t know what we are having! After the scan however, we shot straight off to Laura Ashley to get started on collecting loveliness for the nursery. Because of my long standing love for all things nautical we’ve always said that if it’s a boy we’d have a nautical inspired nursery, much to my dad’s delight too! We have chosen some perfect wallpaper –
The nursery is quite a well sized room with fab high ceilings but as it is at the back of the house it does not catch much sunlight. Because of this, we thought that having all four walls in this wallpaper would be a little bit overkill so we’ve picked some lovely light blue paint to compliment the paper. The aptly named Crown Petit Palais range have some gorgeous colours (and of course, the nursery will be our little man’s palace!) so we settled on Triomphe, a cute very light blue colour in contrast to the darker cornflower blue of the wallpaper.
For furniture we have chosen the very traditional sleigh bed style cot in white from Bonito Bebe, along with a matching chest of drawers and wardrobe. We originally wanted dark walnut wood furniture but changed our minds to white when we factored in the lack of natural light in the nursery.
We plan to decorate the rest of the room with cute boats, anchors and other nautical memorabilia. I will no doubt update once we have more Baby Boy Keegan news!