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How many times have I gone to the doctors’ office and waited patiently (pun not intended, but HA! I’m entitled to laugh at my own jokes today…), past my scheduled appointment time to see the physician? Forced beyond my control to be a patient patient. I couldn’t tell you an exact number, but I can say with 100% almost 100% certainty that it has been every time: that I have never gone to see any doctor anywhere that wasn’t running behind – be it the dentist, the orthodontist or my family doctor. But what other choice do I have, as a patient? I am obviously there for a reason, and leaving because I am made to wait won’t solve what ails me. So I am left there, waiting. Waiting in the waiting room, with countless others, just waiting, waiting waiting.

Despite the waiting I usually get there at least ten (OK maybe five) minutes early. Yesterday, Niko had a scheduled doctor’s appointment for his six month check up. It was supposed to have been a week and a half ago but the doctors’ office called to reschedule without giving me a reason – although was it a coincidence that his canceled appointment happened to fall during March Break. Were the peeks at Mont Tremblant calling the doctor’s and her family’s names? Hmm, well I’m just saying…

When we got up, everything was running smoothly on the baby front and it looked like we would be able to make the appointment on time. No problemo. Niko went for a nap around 9:15 am, leaving him enough time to rest and me plenty of time to get him there on time (or five minutes early even!). But lo and behold I got distracted: taking care of mortgage emails, sweeping my floor, posting my sister’s apartment on Kijiji and Craig’s list, checking into a few things online, doing dishes, (OK…blogging), and then all of sudden it was 11 am, and I had completely forgotten to get Niko up and go the appointment. His appointment was at 11.

I called the doctors’ office and apologized and told them I could be there in fifteen minutes, to which I receieved the snarky reply that the doctor had a really full schedule and that she would be unable to see us! What?! How many times had I waited for that doctor?! And now because of fifteen minutes Niko’s whole appointment was canceled?! Oh I was peeved and feeling like a really awful mother for forgetting about her son’s appointment.

And the receptionist – what a nasty lady! Seriously, have a little common courtesy. Have some manners! Be sympathetic. But no, none of that just a cold hard, “Too bad and you can’t rebook for a month a half!” What kind of system is this!? Unimpressed: with her, with me, with the whole situation! But then she noticed a cancellation and got me in for next Thursday – another week a half but better than a month and a half! Maybe it was the rainy day we were having, but after I got off the phone I indulged in a little pity party and shed a couple of tears. I just felt really sick about the whole situation.

Note to self: Multi-tasking doesn’t always pay off.

Note to others: I really do appreciate doctors. Just not this particular situation…



We can only protect our babes from so much. For the many things I can’t protect mine from, my mantra has become: “He’s just building his immunities.” It’s inevitable, that at one point or another he will get a cold, or an ear infection, or bronchitis, or whatever the case may be. That’s just life. It’s inevitable that he will put things in his mouth that have not been sterilized. It’s natural for babies to do this. It’s inevitable that his hands will touch things that have not been disinfected. It’s all part of their discovery process, but for a new mom and dad, the germs that seem to be lurking on every surface can be a bit overwhelming, hence the adoption of my mantra.

Below are a few scenarios to illustrate what I mean…

Niko is chewing voraciously on Sophie the Giraffe, and the next minute she has been dropped on the floor. I pick it up, give her back to him and think, oh well he’s building his immunities.

Frasier our poodle licks Niko’s fingers and then Niko puts his hand in his mouth. Again I rely on my trusty mantra.

I take Niko out into the world and strangers smile at him and touch his hands, he then proceeds to put his hands in his mouth. Through gritted teeth, “He’s building his immunities.”

We’re at the doctors’ office and people are coughing all around him. You get the idea.

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Armed with a system full of Infant Tylenol, Niko bravely made his way to the doctor’s office this morning.  He was due for his second round of immunizations, and I personally couldn’t wait to get them over with.  Even though I expected his tears upon being pricked by the needles, I found comfort knowing that he really wouldn’t remember the pain or the fact that I was the one who had to hold him still while the nurse got ready to jab him. I mean aren’t my arms supposed to be a source of comfort? And now I’m the one to hold him securely while he helplessly sits in wait for the needles? At least this time I am aware that I can administer Infant Tylenol for the remainder of the day if he seems to be bothered by the needles.

Upon returning home, post vaccinations, Niko seems just fine and so far is acting like his usual happy self.  In other words he has recovered from the needles quite nicely and doesn’t seem to be bothered by them (yet…). Some good news is that as far as weight and height go, he is now in the 75th percentile of babies (just over 15lb and 63 cm).  This is very reassuring for the parents of such an early born babe! At his one month check up he was in the 5th percentile, at his 2 month check up he was close to the 25th percentile and now the 75th! Looks like he is growing and gaining weight like the best of them, and is on track to be one healthy young lad.


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