We took the girls to the doctor today & that was an experience. Our health care providers have moved all of our services to downtown Mobile, so we had a 35-40 minute car ride before we got there. We like the staff downtown, but it’s not very convenient for us.
Our girls are very different and that showed during their visit.
C – (12 months) took things fairly easily. The doctor said that we can start giving her cow’s milk now and that we should encourage C to get off her bottles and on to a sippy cup. Also, we should try to get C to feed herself some more solids. C has been very happy with Mom & Dad doing all of the work during feeding. She weighs 22 pounds, 11 ounces and is 30 inches long.
E – (26 months) is wound more tightly. She screamed at all of the personnel and got them to back off. The doctor was able to calm her down, but it lasted only until E’s exam began. After that, it was difficult, to say that least. E is 36.5 inches long and weighs 29 pounds. She screamed so much that the nurse forgot to measure her height and had to do it toward the end of the visit.
For both girls, all reason went out the window when it came time for shots. C had to take four shots, two in each thigh. E had just one, but didn’t appreciate that fact. After we got the shots done, we headed down to the lab, so that they could draw blood from each girl. I held E on my lap as they got ready; I felt bad about it, because she obviously trusted me and I was leading her in to a painful experience. While E did not like having blood drawn, she was fairly brave. Mom held C while they drew blood from her; C wailed. C was just like a little pincushion after four shots and a fifth stick to draw blood.
We took the girls by Old Dutch ice cream as a treat after the appointment. E was so worked up that she couldn’t eat much. (Dad ate her ice cream). We got some vanilla for C, since she is now allowed cow’s milk; she enjoyed it.
All four of us were exhausted by the time that we got home.