We just came from Griffin's 8 month well-baby. I must say I love my pediatrician..not so crazy about the "old school" nurses that work in the office. Why is it that the nurses ask me the same questions every two months? No, I did not buy a gun or start smoking since the last time I was here..2 months ago. And still no pets..although it crossed my mind at one point. The pet...not the gun or smoking.
The nurse that saw us today really ticked me off. At one point I just started lying and told her that yes, he was waving bye-bye and saying momma and dadda, even though he's not. No, he's not sitting up by himself...could you if you had all those rolls to deal with? No, he's not eating "real" food yet..he's pretty content nursing and it doesn't look like he's malnourished does it? Then she showed me his growth chart comparing him to all the other 8 month old babies in the world. Talk about stress. So, his weight obviously is way up there..almost off the charts, but then the nurse gives me a disapproving look when showing me his height. "Looks like he's slowed down a bit there" she says. Well, maybe you can prescribe him something to speed up his growth. Sheesh.
Believe me, I take all of this with a grain of salt...he's #4. But, I left there thinking of young new moms with their first babies having to deal with these questions. Do they leave the office feeling like their babies aren't performing like the other babies in the world? Why are we constantly comparing our children, ourselves, our husbands, our houses, our blogs..to everyone elses? Shouldn't we just appreciate our differences rather than feel inadequate for not being like everyone else? I understand tring to teach my 15, 11 and even my 7 yr old these lessons....but my 8month old!?
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss
*Since the main reason I started this blog was to record my days at home with my kids, I thought I'd share what's going on in their lives on "Babybook Fridays"....(I have actual babybooks but nothing is written in them)