Saturday, December 19, 2009

Special Family Outing

We had a lovely picnic on the lawn outside the doctor's rooms on Thursday

On Thursday John and Debbie asked if I'd accompany them to the gynaecologist in the city. I did and am I glad I did! It was a wonderful family outing and the first time I'd ever been present at a scanning of the baby in the womb. (When we had children in the seventies, there were no scans or technical devices to show the parents/grandparents what the baby looked while it was being expected.)

Before the allotted time of the appointment, however, we had lunch. To save us the trouble of eating in a restaurant or coffee shop with three small children, we decided to picnic on the lawn outside the doctor's rooms. We bought fresh bread rolls, a ready-made Greek salad, a tub of cottage cheese. We sat on the grass and made our own salad sandwiches and washed them down with ice-cold fresh juice. A really relaxing repast.
The whole family waited for quite a long time before seeing the doctor. The children were as good as gold

We waited in the outer waiting room for about forty minutes before we were called into an "ante-room". Here a nurse took Debbie's blood pressure (much to my three year-old grandson's fascination) and then took her into another side room for further [more personal!] tests and samples.

Next, we were all ushered into ANOTHER room: this time one with a bed, onto which the nurse settled Debbie. There were two large flat tv screens suspended above the bed - one over the pregnant mommy's bed and one in full view of the dad and/or other family.

When Debbie was pregnant with our grandson, his daddy (John) was away at sea. He planned his leave to coincide with the birth extended for six weeks into the life of the newborn. So when Debbie had to go for a check-up and scan in a very advanced stage of her pregnancy, John asked Angus (our younger son) to accompany Debbie to the city. At the same time John and Angus' best friend, Charles, (who later was Angus' best man at his wedding) was visiting Angus. So it was absolutely natural for Charles to accompany Angus who was accompanying his sister-in-law to the gynaecologist. When Debbie entered this room with two men, neither of whom were John, the doctor (who's a jokester of note!) looked up and said, "Which one of you is the father?"

But I digress. Last week, when the gynaecologist eventually came in, he asked me if I was the gran of this HUGE family! He was a dear man who then approached Debbie's bed and by his manner you could see how he put her at ease. When he applied the scanner to her tummy, he looked at the children and asked what they were wishing for. Both the older children immediately said: "A baby brother!"

By now the images had appeared on the screen which I could see and I realised once again, that the miracle of birth will never cease to amaze me. We could see the baby clearly; it moved around all the time. The doctor then turned up the sound and we could hear the heartbeat. He used the cursor to point at and commented about what you were looking at: "There are the two hips seen from the back" ; "These two little knees, perfect" ; "The heartbeat: 64 per minute - excellent" We noticed the little mite lift a hand towards the mouth and the doctor said: "There, it's sucking it's thumb" What a precious moment.

Then six-year-old granddaughter, in a very loud whisper, said: "Gran, is this ALL we came for?"

When our little baby (nine-month-old granddaughter) began to cry because she was tired, cold, (the airconditioning was so high in the room),hungry and had just plainly "had had enough", I told John I would take the children and wait outside while they chatted to the doctor in his rooms.

What bliss when we walked out into the late afternoon summer sun. Wheeling the pram and with the older children beside me, we meandered to the duck pond and waited there for John and Debbie.

After viewing the scan of our unborn grandchild, I took all three the "present" grandchildren out into the gardens to look at the ducks
I am truly blessed with my precious family. Praise God.


  1. WE have winter season so weather very cold,have a good meal.Best wishes.

  2. That would have been an exciting experience. You are blessed to have such a lovely family. My daughter had a recent scan and the baby is a boy.

  3. Seeing the foetus move around must be quite amazing. I'm so glad that your DIL is well. You have a lovely family.

  4. Your heartwarming story made me smile. How wonderful for you to share in such a joyful event.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Sunny :)

  5. Jo, you are truly blessed. What a special and magic moment to share.

  6. Thanks Ilhami Uyar:)

    Thanks diane and CONGRATULATIONS!

    Yes, Dedene,it was a privilege to be part of this precious time. Thanks for your kind comments.

    Thanks Sunny;) You and your family have a blessed time together.

    Hi Gaelyn, thanks for your sweet words. I am surely blessed with both my sons and their families.

  7. What a special day, Jo - and how wonderful for you to see your unborn grandchild via ultrasound for the first time.

    Too soon to tell whether it will be a boy or a girl .... but what a precious gift, the most precious gift of all ... LIFE. (((Hugs))) to all of you & especially your little unborn angel !

  8. Hi Jo, like you these scans were a revelation to me when I accompanied my daughters to them! The baby has features and movement and the thumb sucking is really a heart stopper!You had a great day out and I hope the pregnancy continues to be trouble free and easy for your DIL.

  9. Thanks Lynda, and thanks for your sweet hugs for all of us. It's true, life is what is so precious and I'm truly blessed.

    Absolutely Peggy: it was the most precious time I've had regarding the growing family.

  10. What a charming and special story, Jo. You are blessed, and a blessing.


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