This afternoon I had my first appointment with Vijay, the obstetrician. I really enjoyed it – he’s such a nice man, with precisely the calm and knowledgeable demeanour that you’d want to see in the guy responsible for bringing your kids into the world. He said that he and one of his colleagues have a particular interest in twin pregnancies, so I can expect to deal mainly with them.
He answered all of my questions, and generally reassured me that everything looks fantastic and that, given my own history of good health, there’s every reason to suppose that my pregnancy should go smoothly. And interestingly, he said that he thought it likely that our twins are more a result of our family trait for them, as opposed to being a result of the clomiphene. Apparently he does a fair bit of fertility work, and he reckons that the clomiphene would have had a strong influence only if I’d been on it for several months continuously, rather than just for a few days at the start of my cycle. I guess I may have had a predisposition for producing more than one egg, and the clomiphene might have further enhanced it.
I had a quick scan in his office (I know – another one! These kids are getting filmed more often than the Kardashians!) and the twins are looking good and have each grown a couple of millimetres since Wednesday. Vijay said I shouldn’t worry unduly about trying to hit any weight targets, as I’m a healthy size and the twins will just behave like little parasites anyway and take whatever they need from me. So that’s good.
Towards the end of the scan the coolest thing happened: Twin A (the bigger one, at the bottom of my scan pic from the other day) gave us a big wave! Well, as big a wave as anybody can give with such tiny arms. It was amazing and I was sad that Tristan was at work and didn’t get to see it. Still, Twin A is clearly the gregarious type, so he might do a little dance routine to entertain us at the next scan.
I’ve now got no scans or appointments until the day before we hit 13 weeks, which is also the day before we head to Australia for a week’s holiday. So we’ll just have to leave the kids to their own devices until then.