I am 40 years old and am therefore well within the “Advanced Maternal Age” bracket (which, I have been told, is 35 years old and above). Therefore, we had the option of having tests done to determine if there are any genetic problems that the baby might have because the probability of these genetic problems is higher with “Advanced Maternal Age”. So I had a blood test done and an ultrasound (and got to see the baby!) to take measurements of the baby. They will call next week with the results.
So we are having the baby at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. We don’t live in Hershey but it’s not too far away from us. I was born there (back before it was Penn State (back in the stone age)) and then I had all of my babies there. So I will be intimately involved in a birth at Hershey one more time!
This photo is of the outside of the hospital as we are getting there for the tests.
This is outside, near the entrance and then the main entrance.
The Nittany Lion in a lobby area of the hospital was crying because of Joe Paterno’s passing.
Which way do we go?
Here I am in the ultrasound room waiting for the ultrasound technician to come back in.
Here is a photo of baby!
Do we have a girl?
Or do we have a boy?
So after the appointment we had lunch at The Hotel Hershey. It’s a beautiful place. We have stayed there a few times and it was really nice. They also have a wonderful spa that I really want to go back to soon.
This is from Wikipedia about The Hotel Hershey:
During the Great Depression, Milton S. Hershey, founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company, faced with the challenge of either employing his town’s construction workers or providing for their welfare, decided to build a hotel on Pat’s Hill overlooking the town and his factory. Originally planned to be a recreation of the famous Heliopolis Palace Hotel, construction plans changed and were delayed due to costs, the death of Hershey’s wife, Catherine, and the outbreak of World War I. When construction began, the new plans drew on Mediterranean and Spanish influences.
Construction began in 1931 and the hotel was completed on May 23, 1932. The effort employed as many as 800 workers. The bill for the hotel was around $2 million.
In 1934, a nine-hole golf course was added to the grounds and in 1961, an outdoor swimming pool was added.
In 1977 a new 100 room wing was added to the hotel along with a new indoor pool and fitness center.
In 2001 a full service spa called “The Spa At The Hotel Hershey” was added. The spa features innovative treatments inspired by chocolate such as the Whipped Cocoa Bath, Chocolate Bean Polish, and the Chocolate Fondue Wrap.
Throughout 2009, The Hotel Hershey officially unveiled its $67 million building campaign known as “The Grand Expansion,” which launched as part of the Hotel’s 75th anniversary celebration. Along with upgrades to the Hotel’s front entrance, the expansion features 10 new luxury guest cottages; one meetings cottage; a multi-pool swimming complex with an infinity-edge pool; year-round ice-skating rink; new recreation area; 130-seat restaurant, Harvest; and seven new boutique shops known as The Shops At The Hotel Hershey.