I’m not sure why this happens every time we visit the pediatrician, but I forget to ask all of the questions I have saved up. I even wrote questions down this time and didn’t ask them. Stage fright, I guess.
Jack is 26 lbs. (he got on the big person scale!) and 32″. He has dropped percentiles and is now totally average at the 49th (down from the 85th). Since I forgot to ask about whether a mere 1 pound gain in 6 months was a concern, I sent an email off to the pediatrician when I got to work. The doctor replied to say that the one pound gain is low and recommended we feed Jack more dairy and legumes. Nothing I didn’t know there…very helpful, doc. I can offer, but I can’t make the boy eat. I particularly like the part where the pediatrician said “his weight is still within normal limits.” He must have forgotten that the entire growth chart is “normal limits.” He also suggested giving Jack whole milk…forgetting apparently that breastmilk is whole milk, and also the part where we talked about how Jack won’t drink anything other than a few sips of water (in addition to the 3-4 nursing sessions a day). Can you tell I’m not impressed with the ped?
We got caught up on immunizations (apparently Kaiser has a more aggressive immunization schedule than our previous pediatrician’s office, so we were “behind”) and it actually wasn’t too bad. Jack only cried for a minute and then the nurse distracted him with a star sticker. We refused the chicken pox and flu vaccines. Being sick with both of those things sucks but it’s not life-threatening. We will consider chicken pox if he doesn’t catch it before middle school.
Overall I dislike well baby check-ups. So far they haven’t been helpful at all. Perhaps that is a sign right there that we are doing just fine on our own.