Today we went to our first Slovak baby check up (doc appt.). It was a lot of things...
We are so thankful. The baby is healthy and well! Overall the experience was largely comparable to America, but I thought, even simpler (well, minus one part). And I liked that.
The doctor was very kind, seemed understanding, and did her best to communicate with us. Though I have to say, what would have been a four hour visit for Jas and I, ended up being only a two hour visit thanks to Sonya who helped us greatly! MUST. LEARN. LANGUAGE.
Ok, now here's the biggest cultural difference, far as I could tell. I had to have an EKG (heart test). Now from what I know, back in the states, this is not something we do for pregnancies?? But here, it's law. They took me in to a room, hooked up my arms and ankles, and put some sticky nodes on me (we're talking odd-looking navy circular things...not those stick-to-the-skin kind). I was fairly nervous that at any moment they were going to send a shock of electricity through me and I was going to Frankenstein-ize, but nie, alas, all they did was get my heart beat. I received a print out of it and was sent on my merry way. Nothing to sweat about ;)
And yes, we did find out the baby's gender! However, cruel as it may be, we are going to wait and share since the doctor was just MOSTLY sure, not positive (though I'm not sure they are ever 100% positive...I've heard stories). But after our next appointment, we will be excited to share!
So keep tuning in ;) In the meantime, I'll leave you with this gender non-specific photo...
How about a picture of the mama...
And the dad...
(He looks thrilled, right? He lugged the above all over town, through malls and intersections, and on the bus...haha, what an American ;)