(1) I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, my first! I don't expect anything other than a conversation though, the NL is extremely not focused on tests etc. I wonder when I get a first ultrasound?!?
(2) signing up for child care. Waiting lists can be up to two years (!!!!) long here in Amsterdam, so the trick is to get on the list as soon as humanly possible (So, at 4W3D pregnant!). I'm a working woman, I am already overwhelmed at how this is going to work. Thank goodness we have two sets of parents who I beleive will be willling to pitch in.
Also - the NL is a country for homebirths! So I am excited about that.
ah ok, i am so curious what the difference is between US schedules for tests, and the NL. My first ultrasound is around 8-10 weeks also. I am sure of my EDD, the doc laughed when I told him so precisely and changed his date to mine. I know babies are not born on their due dates but 02 02 2012 seems like such a cool birthday.
I am trying to evaluate between three midwife practices but it's not like there are reviews online. So I will just book the practice closest to me, and stay if I like them. Each practice has 4-5 midwives and you meet all of them over the course of the pregnancy so a stranger does not show up at the door during birth.
Find a bigger house and a bigger car!
I'm kidding (sort of). We own a 2-family house--we live in one unit and rent the other. Right now, our 2 bedroom space is barely big enough to fit myself, DH, 2 boys, and 2 pets. I can't even imagine adding another person to the mix. We're going to have to do something, but it's complicated!
And I'm going to have to do some research to figure out how I'm going to fit 3 kids in the back of a Prius!
I'd love to know this too! We only have one car right now and I do love it. We'll be getting a second by the time this baby comes, but I'd love to have the second car be around the same size, in fact if we can fit three across in the back of the Prius I could see getting another one.
I think I'll end up scheduling an appointment with my midwife for 10 weeks or so. Not sure when I'll want to tell family and friends. Right now other than online friends only my mother knows. Oh, and DS1 because DH spilled the beans to him yesterday telling him "give the baby a goodnight hug" and DS1 points to my belly and says "In there? Mommy, is there a baby in there?! Am I getting a little sister??"
check out the Radian carseats - I can fit three across in my Toyota Corolla.
My MW is coming next week for a meet and greet. I already know her because she was the apprentice MW at my last birth (my old MW is retired), but we need to go over her rates and what happens in the next couple of months because I won't actually start seeing her until I am 12 weeks. We didn't switch to a homebirth with Lily until 25 weeks, so this is already new territory for me.
Otherwise it is just life as usual. It is going to be interesting trying to figure out how to survive m/s with a toddler. Also, I am supposed to start a new job in a couple of weeks- right at the same time my m/s started with Lily. Fingers crossed I won't have any with this babe.
We are in panic mode. We need a bigger everything, house car, you name it.
going for bloodwork asap (monday).. i guess my first order of business will be to focus on getting dd out of diapers so the new baby can use 'em! second order of business for us will be getting dd to sleep in her own bed. sigh.
I also need to sign up for childcare right away. At each of the places I have looked at that take children under 1 year old (I will have 4 months of maternity leave) there is a 1 - 1.5 year long waiting list. Yikes!