It was time for twenty week scan. Everything was sorted now between the moving, and we'd lived in Arianna's for five months and it was November now, nearly Christmas. My belly was surprisingly large, and you could tell I was pregnant. Oh lord you could tell. I was excited to find out about my babies sex, and see it's heart beating.
We got in the car, me Ari and Sam. The drive took a couple of minutes and my heart was beating so fast I thought I was going to faint. I looked down at my phone and I noticed my appointment was in a few minutes. I thought maybe we'd be late, but we were already turning in at the four story building. Modern. Fantastic. Then just in the moment, I got the worst butterflies. I took a deep breath and I looked at Sam, he gave me a reassuring smile, and I tried my hardest to smile back. I was scared. Mostly because I didn't have a scan at twelve weeks, just a check up, and this was to be my first one. And I wanted it to go well. I needed it to go well.
When we got into the doctors room, my midwife was already there ready to greet us. She was a nice lady, really, her name was Jane.
When I lay on the bed, we had the scan and it did not go to plan. Don't get me wrong, it went smoothly, but something I wasn't expecting happened. I wondered why my belly was so big- but I never thought that big.
One thing I didn't know, was that there wasn't one, but two babies inside of me.
A boy and a girl.
"Oh my gosh!" Ari said, eyes fixed on the screen. "Check it out babe! Twins!"
All the faces in the room were lit up, and with Sam sat beside me, smiling and holding my hand, he whispered, "Riley and Niamh" He said, with tears in his eyes.
I smiled, "I love you." I whispered, my eyes welling up.
"I love you more."
On the way home we went to a baby shop on the high-street, we bought some new-born clothes, baby grows, socks, t-shirts and more baby grows. It was exciting to think we'd be doing this more often from now on, we needed more clothes especially having two. Maybe things started to become real. Maybe.
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When we got home I went straight upstairs and put my hands on my stomach. I needed some time to sit and take things in. Then I felt a funny feeling and- The baby kicked! Then Sam came in, "Sam, oh my gosh, they kicked!" I said waving him over. He quickly came and put his hands on my belly and- They did it again! They'd kicked before but not this strongly. Sam smiled at me. "Woah!" He said amazed, eyes wide and proud. After a few minutes of waiting for another kick Sam spoke.
"So are we going with Riley and Niamh then?" He asked me with his hand still on my stomach.
"Riley and Niamh. It's perfect."
Sam kissed my head and left the room for a shower. Riley and Niamh. I liked it, they suited it and I hadn't even met them yet, then I pulled my bag from the floor and got out the scan photo, I held it close to my heart and kissed it.
"Riley and Niamh" I whispered.