Am I the only one who doesn't like going to well-child appointments? No shots were needed today, so for our $20 co-pay (x 2) we just got a couple of the kids weighed and measured and quizzed. Then I was judged. I am, of course, not supermom. Never claimed to be.
The appointment went a little like this... Yes, I do have the "whole gang" here. Why does that surprise you every time. We've been coming for 4 1/2 years now. What would I do with them, leave them at home? Yes, we do all have to squeeze in. I've been doing this a while now, I'm used to it. (Why don't pediatricians at least have one family-size office. We don't all have 2.1 kids). No, I don't really care that a limb blew down from your tree last night and that you saw some movie last week that I haven't heard of. Why are you talking to me? You are a pediatrician, you should be talking to the kids!
Yes, my 8 year-old is a picky eater. No, she doesn't really eat meat (and yes, I know chicken mcnuggets probably don't count as meat). Nope, she doesn't eat beans either. Yes, I realize you can't be a vegetarian unless you eat a lot of vegetables. Is there a catchy title for kids who eat a lot of pb&j, pasta, fruit and salad? Yes, I know, it's not perfect or ideal, but the kid is healthy so at this point it's not going to be a battle for me. I've tried battling. The kid won't eat the stuff.
Yes, my 3 year-old is not potty trained. Yes, I know you wanted me to do that at 18 months. Get real. He is indeed old enough, and I will do it. Soon, just not today. Yes, he does still sleep 3-4 hours every day, and a good 11 hours at night. Some kids like sleep. I know I do! I don't think it's that crazy.
Fun times! Maybe it's just me...or maybe it's just my doctor who I have not particularly liked for the last 4 1/2 years. But, it's not easy to change doctors. The paperwork involved with insurance is a nightmare. So, for now, I just keep with the status quo. I dread the appointments because I know she's going to tell me exactly how I'm not a supermom. But seriously, who is? Having four healthy kids is nothing short of some type of super-status don't you think?