Ultrasound scan picture of Podling #4 at 13 weeks.
We were excited to be able to see our newest little Podling today as I had my first trimester dating scan. Emma's dating scan was over very quickly, but the lady who did this one was lovely and spent a lot more time with us, so I felt that we got to have a really good look at the baby this time. To begin with the baby was facing us, but s/he almost immediately rolled right over and turned its back on us. Luckily it settled down and we were able to get a really good look. The baby is 6.9 cm crown to rump, has the required number of arms and legs, a strong heartbeat and there is evidence that the baby has started swallowing and that the kidneys have started functioning. That is about all they can tell you at the dating scan, but it is enough to make me more than happy. I always feel so much happier about the pregnancy once I have had the first scan. I have felt the baby move a few times (the first time at only 11 weeks believe it or not), so I did know it was in there, but it is always nice to see it up on the screen. It all feels a lot more real somehow. The more in-depth foetal anomaly scan will be on New Year's Eve, so I should hopefully be seeing in the New Year with a shiny new picture of my baby.