I don’t quite have it in me right now to do a full “I-can’t-believe-my-babies-are-two” post, but would be happy to describe to you in detail how our 2-year well visit went yesterday…
We have a really awesome doctor. Friendly, happy to answer your questions, doesn’t rush us out. And one of the things I loved about our doctor’s office is that all of the nurses are extremely nice. But yesterday, we got a new one. Lily did not like the look of this gentleman. She usually gives new people a very serious stare, and warms up within a few minutes- not this time. It was like she knew what was coming (3 shots).
We got in the room, and of course it was time to strip them down. Since the kids are pretty much obsessed with shoes, they were immediately mad at us that we took those off. And pretty much, the next hour and a half was full-on screaming from at least one child at all times. There was nothing that was done, whether it was measuring, checking ears, waiting for the doctor, or shots, that did not elicit screams. And have you ever tried to keep 3 half naked 2 year olds from climbing all over the exam room, turning on the water faucet and reaching in the cabinets and trash cans when you are outnumbered? The temperature in the exam room had to be in the 90’s, and the nurse kept leaving for 10-15 minutes at a time throughout the visit. Poor Benjamin had to have blood drawn twice- he apparently isn’t much of a bleeder so didn’t give up enough blood the first time. He kept saying “Owwie! All Done!” while sobbing.. broke my heart.
In the midst of all this, my phone is ringing. I can’t get to it because I am holding several kicking, screaming kids. Then Todd’s phone starts ringing. That is never a good sign. I answered it, despite the “no cell phone” sign. That’s what they get for leaving us in that tiny sweatbox of an exam room for so long. It’s my dad.. I was supposed to leave a spare key outside for him and my mom, who were buying groceries and bringing them over while we were out. So they were locked out of our house with bags of groceries, and we were stuck in that office for at least another hour. We were in such a rush to get to the dr’s appointment that I forgot to leave a key for them. So, now I am stuck in this little preview of hell/exam room with 3 screaming kids, sweating, and feeling like an idiot because my parents are locked out of my house and it’s all my fault. Shoot me now, please.
They saved the shots for last, 3 each! The kids are definitely aware of what is going on now, and had to be held down tightly so they couldn’t move while getting them. Oh, was that hard. I don’t think I have ever heard them scream like that, ever. The good part was, that I had cookies in my bag, which had amazingly fast cease-crying results. All I can say is…thank god for cookies. Food is also prohibited in exam rooms, but at this point I think the doctors and nurses at this office would have let us give them a Thanksgiving turkey if it would make them stop screaming.
We made it, though.. and now we don’t have to go back until age 3! A whole year! This.is.awesome. Oh.. and their stats! I really don’t know the exact weights/heights because the screaming made it difficult to hear/think in the office, but basically, they are all just under 25 pounds, and 31-32 inches. Peanuts! The boys are in the 17th percentile for weight, I remember that.. and Ben is now lighter than Cameron for the first time ever! Cameron has ALWAYS been the lightest one. But the doctor said that they all look great and to keep doing what we are doing.
And that is all I have for now.. I have lots of pictures and video to share when I get around to it. Here’s a picture of the nuggets enjoying their new train table that mommy and daddy got them for the birthday!