With 4 kids, many of them small in years, we are at the doctor’s office lots. We are so lucky to be really happy with our pediatrician, especially since we see him often. Today was another such visit – time for our 2 year and 4 month check-ups for the little ones.
Disney (2 yrs. old) liked the fishies in the waiting room and the Dora sticker she got at the end but that’s about it. She didn’t want the doctor near her, she didn’t want to be weighed, measured, nor have her heart listened to, and she didn’t want to walk in front of the doctor like he asked. Best we could tell during all the kicking and screaming, she is 2 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 25.5 lbs.
On the other hand, Disney’s baby brother Christopher seemed to love the doctor’s office. Then again, he smiles all the time, so it’s hard to tell. He smiled when they measured his head – both times, since the nurse forgot the measurement from the first time (43 cm). He smiled when he was weighed (15 lbs. 6 oz.), and he smiled some more when his length was measured to be 25.5 inches. He’s a really good baby – the doctor says he acts more like a 5 month old than a 4 month old because of the strength in his limbs and how he uses them.
Disney’s a great kid also, but she is two years old. And “terrible two’s” is not just one of those sayings; it’s based on truth. Disney was the sweetest baby and toddler you could imagine… then she turned two. And she’s still sweet, she just has a miniscule amount of patience and tolerance for things that don’t go her way. She could be chatting happily about doggies one minute, and the next thing I know, she’s melted onto the floor into a puddle of two.
But there must be something going on with the body chemistry of two-year-olds. Everyone knows they’re like that, and it’s not just an unearned bad reputation. If it weren’t for the “terrible two’s”, I think I would want an even larger family – but it’s the dreadfulness of the terrible two’s that give me pause – only one more bout of terrible twos to battle, if we can survive Disney’s, of course!