Those of you who openly admitted to laughing out loud at my birthday story, which involved painfully embarrassing public displays.
Well, after my trip to the doctor's office yesterday, I figured some of you
Millie and Tate were a month overdue for their well-baby checkups. So after picking Addie up from school, we headed over to the doctor's office for our 3:45 appointment. After Addie got out of the car, she bent over to fix something on her shoe and as she stood up, I heard the sickening sound of skull striking metal. Yes, she banged her head on the edge of the car door. So, of course, and rightfully so, she burst out into a torrent of tears and sobs. My heart broke for her, but I didn't know what to do - we had to get to our appointments. As I bent down to console her, Tate (whom I was holding) got a handful of her hair in his little hand and pulled. That brought on more tears from big sister and then tears from Tate after mommy told him NO.
So, I entered the doctor's office with one girl crying uncontrollably from a big boo-boo on her head and a baby crying angrily at mama. Millie was the only normal looking one among us. Needless to say, we were quite a sight (especially since Addie had spilled ketchup on her white shirt and skirt at lunch so it looked like she had blood dripping all over). I asked the receptionist for an ice-pack (which they had to hunt down)... apparently doctor's offices aren't emergency rooms and therefore aren't well-equipped with first aid supplies. After 30 seconds of the ice pack (which had created such a fuss), Addie decided she was better so I had to sheepishly hand it back to the receptionist with an apologetic shrug.
Here we were, waiting happily in the play area of the waiting room (despite occasional screams from Millie accusing Tate of destroying her Lego creations) and right on time. Things were going just fine. For the first 20 minutes. After 20 minutes of playing mostly peacefully, Tate decided he was bored and started hollering (have you heard this baby holler? It's ridiculously loud... really) for mommy to hold him. And of course, as soon as I would pick him up, he would wiggle out of my arms to sit at my feet and holler for me to pick him up again. I know you ladies who watch him in the church nursery know what I'm talking about! This went on for another 40 minutes. Yes, we sat in the waiting room for an hour! With many apologies from the receptionists of course... especially when they saw (and heard) my constant struggle with Tate.
So... after enduring the check-up parts of the kids' appointments (which, I must say, Tate was awfully cute when we laid him on the table, giggling uncontrollably every time the doctor touched him), Millie suddenly burst out in a shaky little voice, "Mommy, I'm peeing!!" And yup, she sure was. Pee was streaming out from under her skirt and splashing all over the berber carpet. But you can't really blame her - by this point, we'd been at the doctor's office for nearly 2 hours! Thankfully, the doctor (who is definitely a saint), assured me it was no problem and she even took Tate for me and walked him around so I could help Millie get cleaned up. And, unlike the last time this happened (check the link at the top of this post), we actually had a change of clothes with us. Phew. Mishap taken care of. Little girl all dry.
The appointment ended with their shots - which Millie endured with barely a flinch and no tears at all! And Tate... well, the poor baby didn't know what was coming, so of course he was pretty upset. I didn't even bother putting his pants back on since he was such a wreck.
By the time we left the office, it was 6:00! That's right. We were there for 2 hours and 15 minutes! Needless to say, we were by far the last ones in the office besides the receptionist (who was probably cursing us under her breath). By the time we got home, the chicken soup I had in the crockpot for dinner was overdone and we had chewy chicken soup for dinner. Super.
But you know, even after an appointment like this, I left feeling very blessed, knowing that all 3 of our children are healthy. I know sick children that have to endure much longer appointments and even stays in the hospital. So, trust me... I'm not complaining. Just sharing a little of my Thursday afternoon excitement. ;)