Thursday, September 11, 2008

double the fun

Today was Ella Bella's 4 month check-up. She is now a hearty 16lbs 90z and 26.5 inches long. Moo was 27.5 inches and 16 lbs at his 4 month check-up. We grow 'm big around here!

Hubs is on shift today, so I got to brave the pediatrician alone with 2 kids. Fun times. I knew I was in for it when I got outside and it was raining and there were gigantic puddles all around my car. So, wet feet and pant legs and off we go.

No parking left at the doctor's office. Have to park across the street, it's still raining. Luckily, I brought along Phil and Ted. We load up the stroller and trek inside relatively easy. Take the elevator to the 4th floor and proceed to wonder around confused. Oops, we need the fifth floor. We are having fun now.

Oh crap, I forgot I get to redo all our paperwork because we have new insurance. Fill out paperwork while Moo proceeds to climb a bookshelf. Yep. Scold Moo and divert his attention while we wait, and wait, and wait. Ella Bella is hungry but apparently finds a doctors office an inappropriate place to eat and goes on strike.

Weight check. Ella Bella pees on the nurse. At least she was polite and smiled and cooed while she did it. We go back to the exam room and Moo proceeds to thoroughly investigate it and rearrange anything that isn't (literally) bolted down. We decide that since we are here, we are going to go all out.

Ear exams for both kids.
1 oral vaccine for Ella Bella.
3 shots for Ella Bella
1 flu shot for Moo

and, the icing on the cake.

Moo gets to have his blood drawn and tested for lead! Woohoo!

Ella Bella was ticked off long before she got her shots because she was hungry and tired so of she just screamed slightly louder than the window shattering scream she had been working. Moo just frowned with the shot and then happily ran off to get a treat and a toy.

We then went off to find the lab for his blood draw. No wait, right in. He so trustingly jumped up in my lap and gave them his little arm. They kindly looked me in the eye and said, this is not going to be fun, hold his arms down and hang on tight. And...

He barely flinched as the needle went in and cried just a little bit while they took a huge syringe of blood. And then he hopped down and said, "Let's go home!"

He needed to be tested for lead because we have a house built before 1978. We have a house built during WW2 and there is lead paint everywhere. Thankfully, most of it is under several layers of latex paint and it is fine. The problem was on the exterior of our house where there was peeling paint. It's been bugging us for months but we knew we couldn't mess with it when the kids were around. So last week, my husband shipped me and the kids off to the grandparents house and got to work. He got on the equivalent of a hazmat suit and spend 3 straight days scraping and carefully cleaning and removing every bit of lose paint.