Toddlers and Well VisitsMolly Thornberg
Today I somehow survived a well visit for our 2 toddlers. Since moving, I hadn’t found a pediatrician. After a Google search and asking neighbors for recommendations, we found a doctor that we really like. Our older 2 kids went in earlier this month and today was the day I got the toddlers caught up on their visit and shots. I as in, me alone. I as in, my husband was working. I as in, I hope to never do this alone again.
Our oldest toddler Izaiah has a major fear of doctor’s offices. I really think it stems from his teeth in gums situation that we have been working thru for the last several months. Immediately upon walking in, he was in sheer panic. The friendly environment doesn’t have this toddler fooled. He could care less about the multiple TVs playing Cars. The train table only slightly amused him, but he whimpered as he built a train track.
Zeke on the other hand had no idea what he was getting into. He was happy go lucky, until the COMPLETE melt down his brother had after the nurse called our names. I carried both screaming toddlers to the back and then the fun began.
Izaiah was “uncooperative” for his blood pressure and hearing test. What? You want to look in his ear – ha! As nice as the nurse was, he was out to test her patience.
Zeke, who is usually calm and chill, was NOT having this being stuck in a little room with a crying brother situation.
The books in the room were thrown and pages ripped. The iPad I brought to keep them entertained FAILED miserably.
My iPhone kept Izaiah entertained briefly, but he decided to use it to go all paparazzi on me and the doctor.
I somehow held it together though, even if, throughout the 60 minutes of our visit, I felt on the verge of tears multiple time.
To make matters worse, I forgot about the kids being vaccinated. We space the kids vaccines out and it was catch-up time. My husband usually does this part but alas, I had to hold our babies down and close my eyes and sing a song in my head to try to ignore their cries.
Mommy needs a drink. Lesson learned. Next time, I am scheduling around my husband’s schedule and never doing 2 toddlers during the same well visit.
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