Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We recently replaced our bed (mattress and frame), because the frame was taking up too much space . The new bed was purchased from Pfister and can be seen below. I think it is the European equivalent of a queen, but it is a little narrower and longer than a US queen. Just different enough so that the sheets don't fit well. The old bed set was sold to an expat family in Lausanne.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
- All available documents (4 passports, 4 birth certificates, 4 residence permits, and 1 marriage certificate) were taken to the hospital
- The hospital made copies of my passport, Emily's passport, and our marriage certificate.
- Two days later I get a note from the canton(state) that they need a certified copy of the marriage certificate. This is very annoying as that is what the hospital made a copy from. In addition, they want copies of Niamh and Rowan's birth certificates.
- I go to the office that I think sent me the letter.
- I get directed to another office in another building.
- I cannot find that office, so I have to ask a police officer for directions
- The police officer does not speak English, but does give me good directions to the correct building.
- I find the office and notice multiple signs that indicate that they only see individuals with appointments.
- I go in and stand in a deserted office.
- After a few minutes someone comes out and asks if I need help. I give her the letter that I was sent and the necessary documents. She makes photo copies and I leave.
- A week later I get another message that the office needs to see Emily and my birth certificates because they need to know where we were born. This is frustrating, as all of this information was submitted when we applied for our residence permits.
- I go back to the office and provide the necessary documents.
- Less than 18 hours later I receive another message, but this one has good news. In addition to returning all of the documents I submitted, they indicated that the birth certificate is available for ordering.
- I ordered a copy online today, but had issues paying. I couldn't figure out how to submit my credit card info, so I had to pay by account transfer.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The tests indicated that Muriel's hearing is fine and they gave us a document to take to the pediatrician.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Air Rescue (www.rega.ch): 1414
Air Rescue (www.air-glaciers.ch): 1415
Poison Control: 145
Thursday, October 16, 2008
- Per the Swiss process Muriel does not go to the pediatrician until she is 1 month old. I believe Rowan and Niamh visited the pediatrician on day 4.
- Mothers in the US are generally wheeled to the car in a wheelchair. Emily was told she could leave and the nurse walked out. That was the last we saw of anyone, so Emily walked out to the car.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Muriel and Emily are both doing well. The doctors won't let them come home until Thursday morning, so they have another fun filled day in the Morges Hospital. Staying in the hospital for 3-4 days is normal here. We all went to visit today and the kids had a good time. Rowan was very sad at the end because he wanted Emily and Muriel to come home with us. 90 minutes of watching Smurfs cheered him up.
Pictures have been posted at www.famillemccann.net.
Monday, October 13, 2008
- The staff in Switzerland is close, but not fluent in English.
- In Switzerland there are only three people (doctor, mid-wife, nurse?)in the room. There were many more in the US
- Doctors/nurses don't come in and out of the room as often in Switzerland
- The rooms aren't as father friendly - no space for the father to sleep
- Security isn't as tight or at least doesn't seem that way. In Seattle babies are required to have a band on them that matches the parent's band and sets off an alarm if the baby is taken outside the maternity ward. No parents for the bands or alarms in Morges
GENEVA - Swiss authorities say they have found high concentrations of
melamine in biscuits from Thailand and Sri Lanka and have called on other
European countries to withdraw the products.
Authorities in the canton (state) of Geneva say tests have shown high melamine levels in the Thai biscuits Milk Cookies S&P and the Sri Lankan candies LemonPuff Munchee.
Melamine in milk has been blamed for the deaths of four infants and for sickening more than 54,000 others in mainland China. The authorities said in a statement
Monday that the European distribution channels for the two biscuits have been
identified. They say tests on a dozen baby milk products have shown no
I'm not sure what the Swiss recommend for timing prior to going to the hospital, but we'll probably wait until our fear that the baby could arrive at our house out weight the fear of a hospital where the employees may not speak English.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
- She can get into and out of the tub without our help. She is a bit wobbly, but hasn't lost her balance yet.
- She responds with "I don't know." to almost all questions. This is due to her mother getting tired of all Niamh's questions and responding with "I don't know." to her.
- She can put on most of her clothes.
- She loves squash, green beans, carrots.