My Pregnancy Week 38
We are in the final two weeks of my pregnancy in week 38. This weekend we went to a nearby cow show, a pumpkin farm, my 8 year old got glasses, and I finally packed a hospital bag for the very first time (the girls were both rushes straight from the doctors office to the hospital so we didn’t bring anything with us!).
We turned in our hospital registration and never heard anything back. So I emailed the hospital this week to ask if they received our registration and what we needed to bring. I am still shocked, after living here for three years, that no one calls to confirm or send a confirmation of registration. I’ll make a dentist appointment and then no one calls the day before to confirm.
Does that happen where you live? I have no idea if it’s common or not. In London, I would get a text on my phone reminding me of my appointment the next day which I thought was super fantastic of the NHS. But in Zürich, nothing. Is it because we never show up for appointments in Seattle or London so they have to call to remind us whereas in Zürich people are seriously responsible and always remember their appointments? Probably.
So here is what we need to bring to the hospital with us to give birth in Zürich. For the civil status office we need to bring copies of both of our passports (mine and my husbands), our Visas, residence confirmation and our certificate of marriage. Goodness. So we are going to put those in our hospital bag now as that’s a lot to remember. What documentation did you bring for the birth of your child?
I love a good cow show, or any cow show, or just seeing cows. I grew up on a farm with goats, cows, pigs, chickens, horses and farm cats. Now my family’s farm includes dogs, but growing up we showed goats and pigs in our town fairs. It was really fun and I remember loving when I finished showing the animals and got to go eat fair food and go on the rides with my friends. So going to a cow show, even though it’s not very similar to my childhood, is so much fun.
The cow show (Viehschau) here has a wonderful cake barn filled with amazing homemade desserts, coffee, wine, and fresh apple juice. The outside grill had a delicious soup, the usual sausages, and potato salad. There were a few different bands that played really great music from accordion music to marching band tunes. The girls loved the pony rides, horse-drawn carriage, cookie decorating, and prize wheel. It was a great day out as a family.
We love going to Jucker Farm, especially during their pumpkin sculpture time. Until October 31st both Jucker Farm in Jona and in Seegräben have wonderful pumpkin displays and all sorts of festivities around the pumpkin theme. We went to brunch last week in Jona and this week we went to see the pumpkin sculptures in Seegräben. The food is so delicious and getting pumpkins to carve is all part of autumn and my childhood.
I see a trend of the activities we do have a direct correlation to my own childhood memories. Interesting. Does anyone else do that? Maybe I want to show my girls the kind of childhood I had or maybe since they are children, I think these are the important things to take them to. Either way, I’m going back to Jucker Farm a few more times this year.
So coming up, we have our next doctor’s appointment on Tuesday! We will see what he says! I have a feeling this baby will come right on my due date like the girls did, but we will see what happens. I never took bump pictures with the girls so I’m so happy we have taken a picture every weekend for the last 20 weeks or so to remember this pregnancy by (thanks Tanya for the idea!). Sometimes life just keeps going along so quickly, it’s nice to take this time nice and slow and enjoy the ride. See you in week 39!