It’s time to let the whole world know that… *drum roll*… I’m gonna be a dad! In approximately 6 more months, a new life is going be born into this world. It never really dawned on me before how wonderful and amazing seeing life emerge out of nothing can be. How beautiful God has designed everything, including us infinitely complex human beings, don’t you think? 😀
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalms 127:3
Here’s a picture of Zhiyi’s 4th scan taken on 6th June. This was the first time in as many scans that we could actually see something. All previous 3 scans showed an empty womb and we were very worried that the pregnancy could be an ectopic one. In ectopic pregnancies, the baby grows outside the womb (usually in the fallopian tubes, and these need to be operated on before they grow too big and rupture the tubes). Indeed, God was merciful, and one week after the 3rd scan, I saw what was probably one of the most amazing things I had ever seen – a tiny 1.27cm baby growing inside my wife with a microscopic heart beating increadibly fast.
We were not out of the woods yet though. According to the doctor, Zhiyi had abnormally low progesterone levels (progesterone is a hormone that helps the body sustain the pregnancy and aids in the baby’s growth) – half of the minimum quantity that the body should be producing to be exact! Zhiyi was promptly given medication to help boost her hormone levels. However, the undesirable side-effects are extreme drowsiness and fatigue.
On 28th June, we returned for another scan, and there it was – baby was growing healthily in the womb. In fact, not only was it growing (now 3.3cm), it actually bounced in the womb and twirled round and round. It was so active! My prediction that our baby could be a girl was further strengthened when it stopped moving and posed for us when it was time to take a picture. 😛
I’m now looking forward to Zhiyi’s next scan on 26th July where, hopefully, the baby’s gender will be revealed (but then again only if he or she coorperates and “poses” properly)!