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Friday, September 17, 2010

The Toddler and the Doppler

I had another check up on Tuesday. When I mentioned it to my boss, he told me to take the rest of the day off, because everyone else would be in meetings. Obviously, I jumped at that. The only catch is that I had to take Nathan with me to the doctor.

I have to admit that I was more than a little anxious about it. My kid is LOUD. I mean, his inside voice is louder than my yell. Also, he's not one of those sit-still-and-color types. He moves from the moment he wakes up until sleep pimp-slaps him at night. Dear God. What was I going to do?

So, I picked up from daycare, where we had a slight miscommunication and he didn't get lunch. Fortunately, I had a fruit juice and a cereal bar in the bag for him. He talked the whole way to the doctor (seriously, 10 miles and it took 45 minutes): "Do you see Jeremy the Plane up in the sky? Do you see it, mommy?" I was hoping that it would wear him out, just a little.

No such luck. Once we got into the doctor's office, he was crazed. Not only was he loud, he did not want to sit, and he played musical chairs in the waiting room. There was only one other person in the room and she laughed at him and smiled fairly tolerantly. The office manager, who has a young child, was not as tolerant.

About twenty minutes later, we go back to the rooms. When I tried to sit Nathan down on the chair in the examination room, he almost freaked out. For some reason, he was convinced he was getting a haircut. Yeah, I don't know either. When my doctor came in to take my blood pressure, another fit of panic swept him. He was calmed pretty quickly. Then came the Doppler. Nathan heard the thump-thump-thump and looked around. My doctor tried to explain to the two and a half year old that it was the baby in mama's belly. He was totally intrigued, but totally confused.

So, I got a clean bill of health, got cleaned up and we prepared to go. On the way out, Nathan told anyone who would listen that he didn't "meed" a haircut and that he didn't want a haircut. That even made the office manager laugh.

The experience was only about half as stressful as I thought it would be, but I still can't believe I'm going to have two of these lunatics in just a few months.


AJU5's Mom said...

Love the use of the work "lunactics" - I can relate! Luckily AJU5 was younger, and I brought the stroller the first few times and strapped her down. But, it still was a little crazy - more crazy than I really wanted to deal with.

Becca said...

"I don't MEED a haircut!"

Hysterical. Glad it went better than expected. They're such unpredictable little beings, aren't they?

Swimming-duck said...

Haha - sounds like overall it went fairly well! I completely understand your sentiment of having to take your rambunctious boy with you. Gah - I love mine to pieces, but I like to say that he has two modes. They are "go go go" and asleep. I try to tell myself that the fact that my child must explore everything, especially things that are taboo, means that he has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and zest for life that will serve him well in adulthood. But good Lord, some days it's just plain exhausting!

Mrs Lemon said...

It has been so much fun to watch Zesty turn into a big brother - I know you'll enjoy that too :) And yeah, lunatics would be an understatement sometimes.

Breathe Gently said...

Haha, poor Nathan - it'll be interesting to see how he catches on to everything as he gets older and as you get bigger!

Shannon said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one with a overly rambunctious little guy. Shopping with Liam should be an Olympic sport. It is exhausting but you guys are going to have so much fun!!