Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Rowan's appoint is on Thursday, so I'm sure I'll have more to write tomorrow night. He seems fairly excited and he has been practicing opening his mouth as wide as he can.
As for my opening sentence, it should have been "Je voudrais faire un rendez-vous pour mon fils." That translates to "I would like to make an appointment for my son."
I used google translate to determine how to say "his tooth is becoming dark" and the translator provided text that meant that "his tooth was night fall." I'm glad I reviewed it with a coworker before going to the dentist.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I'll also try to do them on my own to see if I get the same answers. I'm not too worried about Turbo Tax, but the tool for the Canton of Vaud (where Morges is located) is only in French.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Niamh has only figured out how to stop the train, but at least she likes to help clean up the track when we are done.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
For those her are interested, here are my aunt's suggestions for good Irish names:
- Molly McCann
- Grace McCann
- Rosie McCann
- Tadhgan McCann
- Meg McCann
- Rhian McCann
- Nory McCann
- Sinead McCann
- Mairenne McCann
- Fiona McCann
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
He will go Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30. Here is his vacation schedule:
Sept 22: Jeune Federal
Oct 10-27: fall vacation
Dec 19-Jan 5: winter vacation
Feb 13-23: Relaches (I'm not sure what this is, but I believe the entire country goes skiing.)
Apr 3-20: easter vacation
May 21-22: Ascension
June 1: Pentecost
His last day will be July 3rd.
We hope to get Niamh into the same schedule when she turns 2.5. I believe that is the minimum age.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Other items of interest:
- Prenatal checkups will be about every 4 weeks until the 7th or 8th month when they become every three weeks.
- The hospital stay is normally 4to 7 days and could be longer if there is a C section.
- There are prep classes, préparation pour l'accouchement,but I'm not sure if we'll attend.
- Fathers do not typically attend the classes in Switzerland
- The local social security office will offer a 'consultation pour nourissons et petits enfants.' This is a weekly visit where a nurse will check the child's wight and height.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This earned her the privilege of not having to go straight back to bed. She sat on the couch with Emily for a while and then proceeded to puke on the living room floor and Emily's pants. She calmed down after a while and went back to sleep. A couple hours later she woke up screaming again because she had thrown up on her pillow.
She's now been asleep, or at least quiet, for the last 7.5 hours and I'm hoping to find a clean bed when I wake her up.
UPDATE: The bed was not clean.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Niamh missed her nap and was falling asleep on the rides. It was difficult to fight for seats while carrying a sleepy two year old.
We'll (or maybe I'll) go back before number 3 arrives.
I tried to get a fairly inexpensive flight, so from Dublin we flew to Munich and then to Zurich. Rowan was a bit sad because he wanted to ride a 747 and the plane was an A321. Since the flight was late we had to hurry to our connecting flight at the Munich airport. Unfortunately, the airport was not well designed for strollers and wheel chairs. First, it took about 10 minutes for the gate checked strollers to be delivered, then there were stairs that had to be climbed. There was also an elevator, but only employees could operate it and there weren't any employees in sight. The stroller was carried up the stairs and then we raced to security where the stroller had to go through the x-ray machine. I then had to carry the stroller down the next jetway, as I didn't want to wait for someone to operate the elevator. We had to ride a bus to the airplane, which Rowan enjoyed. He freaked out when we got to the airplane, because it was a Dash 8-400 and he wanted the "big white airplane" (747). The good news is that he got to sit right by the wing so he could watch the landing gear go up and down. The plane also flew fairly low so he could see the scenery.
Once we got to the Zurich airport we had to clear customs. I think we arrived just after a plane from the Mid-East, as the line moved very slowly. Once we got to the front the stroller couldn't make the corner, so I had to disassemble it to get to baggage claim. We took the train from the Zurich airport to Morges. I splurged and got first class tickets for three reasons:
- First class coaches are almost always empty, so the kids can run around. (our coach was empty almost the entire trip)
- There is more baggage storage in 1st class, so I don't have to carry are stuff around until we find a seat.
- The seats are wider, so the kids have more room to play.
The only problem with the train was that it left right after we arrived, so we didn't have time to get water/dinner. We decided to get water on the train, but the restaurant car in our section of the train was closed. Rowan and I got off the train at one station and went to the other section of the train(this train was actually two trains linked together). We got the water and then went back to our section of the train at the next stop.
All in all is was eight and a half hours from the time we left Dublin until we arrived in Morges. Dinner was purchaed at the McDonalds in Morges.
We left our rental on day eight and headed back towards Dublin. We decided to go to the Rock of Cashel (above) on the way. It took 4-5 hours to get to there from Portmagee, so we were a little beat down when we got there. It was interesting, but I'm not really sure if it was worth going out of our way. I can't believe that Rick Steves gave it three triangles(his highest rating). We ate a very good lunch in a little pub before getting back in the car.
Rowan got really excited about "feeding the car," so he helped me put gas in the car. The traffic was horrible as we got near Dublin, so the last 40 km took a long time. Oddly enough, earlier in the trip we listened to a radio call in show where people were referring to this section of road as "the Dublin parking lot." We stayed at a hotel at the airport to make things easier the next morning.
I think it was the most exhausting day of the trip and I ended up with a migraine. I got to test out my Swiss migraine medicine and it seemed to work. It didn't make my heart feel like it was going to pop out of my chest, so that was a definite improvement.
That afternoon we went to get ice cream on a Valentia Island farm. The ice cream had eggs in it, so Niamh was unable to participate in the fun. The ice cream was good, but not great.