He’s Arrived

My new grandson, Nathaniel Luke, arrived on May 20th. He is healthy and, of course, cute. The experience of having a baby in Switzerland seemed to have been pretty much the same for my daughter in law as her other three in the States. She had a doctor who spoke English and who pretty much just observed the nurse delivering the baby, even taking videos for my son at one point as he cut the cord. The nurse spoke perfect English and was very nice. In the photo I saw of her she is wearing the scrubs nurses wear along with a string of pearls around her neck. They wanted my daughter in law to stay in the hospital for 5 days if you can believe that. She just stayed two nights. Since this was her fourth baby they figured she pretty much knew how to do everything. On the whole she said the staff was very relaxed about the whole thing. Not only will my son get a nice tax break on having four children in Switzerland with its negative birth rate, but money every month-I guess they are hoping to encourage the Swiss to have more babies. They get lots of looks from the Swiss along the lines of “What are you doing with so many children?”. The Italians are more like, “Way to go!”
I walked my two oldest grandsons to school each day. They are in an Swiss public school and, of course, the main language is Italian. My oldest grandson is frustrated with his lack of Italian and his understanding of it. His four year old brother is less concerned. They are both going to an all day local soccer club this summer, all in Italian, and I think they will be fluent after that. Their two year old brother can already rattle off a little Italian with a perfect accent. When you walk into the school there are little slots where the kids take off their street shoes and put on rubber shoes that can’t be worn outside. They also have light little cotton shoes to wear for physical education. They have to have little shirts for art, the four year old has a bib to keep his clothes clean during a gourmet, three course lunch. The school next door for older kids where my oldest grandson will go next year also has a place to change their shoes. In the class right now there is a difficult student who apparantly hits the other kids and is so awful that the teacher actually physically pins him down to the floor and puts her hand over his mouth. We know this because my grandson drew a picture of it. Can you imagine this happening in the States? Lawsuit time.
A few photos we took today on a walk:

As you can see, the area is very rural. This is a little farm that sells fresh produce.

A little chapel in the neighborhood. The doors are always unlocked and everytime I have looked in there have been candles lit. The whole area all around Lugano is packed with churches and the bells ring all of the time.

The interior of the little chapel.

Little framed hearts on either side of the statue of Mary.

The tiny bell tower. Most of the churches here seem to have those round wheels on each bell.

Sideroads of Europe

13 thoughts to “He’s Arrived”

  1. Congratulations to you and your family, Nathaniel Luke is a lovely name. Daughter in law will be glad to be home, no matter how good the hospitals and midwives are it’s always so good to be home. Lovely pics as always. Best wishes to all of you, take care.

  2. Congratulations on your new blessing! What an insight to the Swiss and their education methods. I think I rather like it.

  3. Happy to hear that all went well and you’re family is at home together now. Please give best wishes to your son and daughter-in-law and the new cherub.

    Switzerland is certainly touted as the most organized and rational place on earth. Just hearing about the children’s school certainly bears that out. Looks extremely beautiful too and like a wonderful place to raise a family. The chapel is lovely, and how nice that they keep the church candles burning all the time. Enjoy your visit as the reigning Grandma!

  4. You’re getting pretty good at this grandma stuff !!! Good for you !

    The area looks just lovely. It is so nice that you are closer now.

  5. Congratulations to you and all your family on the birth and safe arrival of Nathaniel Luke.

    Best wishes and take care.

  6. Hi Linda, I’m just now catching up on your recent posts. Congratulations on your new grandson; his birth sounds like it was almost a pleasant affair. And the nurse with a string of pearls, imagine! I’m glad mother and baby are doing so well.

    How wonderful to be in a town where church bells are always ringing! Or at least, it seems like it would be wonderful….though I suppose if you live there long enough you might not even notice them after a while.

    That last shot is precious….boys and worms! I remember those days; my own son especially loved bugs.


  7. Congratulations! I’m happy to hear that. 🙂

    And those are really wonderful pics! The small chapel looks exquisite!

  8. Congratulations Linda, so lovely to hear that little Nathaniel has arrived safely. So glad you are enjoying your time with your family. Nel x

  9. Congratulations and blessings to grandma.
    I would love to live near that salad farm.

    Reading your latest post you sure will be wanting some rest when you get back to Provence. Hope there are nottoo many weeds while you were away.

  10. Please allow me to add my “congratulations” to the others. What a wonderful addition! And I am so happy for you that the proximity allows you to visit and to share in the lives of your family. Close…but not too…

    Meilleurs voeux!!

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