When I found out that I was pregnant the question on everyone’s lips was whether or not we would find out the sex of the baby before he was born. Personally I was not bothered either way but Mr C did want to know when we had the 20 weeks scan and I was happy to go along with what he wanted.
I remember the minute we found out in such clarity. I was laying on the bed, my tummy covered in go and my legs elevated to try and get a very squiggly baby into a good position for all of the measurements to be taken. The lady asked us if we were sure that we wanted to find out and when we said yes she moved the thing on by belly and there for all to see it was very obviously a boy. I swear that he had not been still for a second the whole way through the scan but for that glorious moment he opened his legs wide and was so still, like he was screaming “look what I have got”!
I turned to see the tears in my husbands eyes as he realised he was having a boy and it was officially one of the happiest moments of my life. Then listening to him telling everyone with such pride in his voice.
By finding out at that moment I was present, I remember every second, I know what it felt like. When Piran was born I was quite frankly screwed. I was bruised, battered and tired. I do not remember hearing my babies first cry, I have a vague memory of hearing the midwife and doctor exclaim that he was a big baby and then something warm and squiggly was put on my chest and I just lay there in shock. I now have two very special memories to keep, and one has not been swallowed by the other. If I ever have another baby then I will do the same.
Also, we got the idea for Piran’s name because we found out he was a boy on St Piran’s day, 5th March. St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners and my family lives in Cornwall, I grew up there, we were married there and it is our favourite place to be when we can. So for us, it was perfect.
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