Friday, February 20, 2009
Last Wednesday, before we picked up Paige, we traveled down to Dupont Hospital in Wilmington, DE for a pediatric dermatologist visit. I had never been there before and had no idea what to expect. I packed Katie a backpack full of things to do, but I was completely unprepared...for how AWESOME it was. We were greeted with signs for free valet parking. Since we were running ridiculously late, that was fantastic. Inside there were computers to play with, kidsize tables and chairs all over with paper and crayons, and even a "book lady" who came over to ask Katie if she would like a story read to her.
The appointment was for Timmy, who was born with a raised birthmark on the side of his face. It's teeny, but the pediatrician who attended to him when he was born thought we should have it checked on to make sure it wasn't a type that she was concerned may need to be removed. It's not - he's fine. Anyway, back to the hospital, we stopped at the bathroom before Timmy was seen and lo and behold, we ran into a massive train set in a glass case that kids could push buttons to make it go. Katie was SO excited!! The entire visit, every doctor and nurse paid as much attention to Katie as they did to Timmy. I think she left with 3 or 4 princess stickers. I was also excited to get Timmy's measurements since he won't have another wellness visit until 4 months. At 3 months 1 day old, he was 15 lbs. and 25 inches. (Still in 3-6 months in his Carters clothes for a bit, but moving up to 6-12 months or 6-9 months in some of the other brands that transition at 25 inches).
But the BEST part, was the playground. Katie saw it as soon as we got there and was so excited when I told her we could play after the appointment. We needed to kill time anyway between our appointment and when my sister would be home from work. It was a beautiful almost 70 degree day and I was planning on taking her to a park anyway.
Unfortunately, after our appointment it had gotten windy and a bit chillier and I had left Timmy's hat and sweater in the car (which I couldn't get to as it was valet parked). He was still fine and happy to be out. However, this older lady came over to get a look at "the baby", touched his head and said to me.."Oh, the grandmother in me is so worried about his little head". Seriously?!?!? I politley smiled and explained that it was so warm when we came in and that I had left his hat in the car. Then she had him grab onto her finger and was talking to him. (He's hard to resist). I didn't really think much of it at the time, but on the way home I was so frustrated and was just thinking she was lucky he already had a cold or I may have countered back with "Oh, the mother in me wishes you wouldn't be touching my son's hand in cold season."
I think she may have been the woman who was supposed to be watching her grandson that was terrorizing Katie. See the slide below? He kept climbing up the middle, Katie would follow him and then while she was halfway up the slide he would turn around and slide down into her. Of course, she loved it because she's Katie, but it was making me insane. I don't even usually let her climb up slides, but it's hard to stop her when all the other kids are doing it. I finally had it and told her she had to play somewhere else. He left and she finally got a chance to slide down and the little brat appears again to sit at the bottom of the slide to try to keep her from going down. Look, even the kid next to him couldnt' believe what a brat he was being!!
As I was taking the pictures of Katie swinging, the little boy swinging next to her was like "Mommy, mommy take my picture too." I don't know if it was frustration with him or her reason for being there or just disgust with me, but she responded "I don't have a camera, why would I have a camera HERE?" (insert lots of disgust). I wanted so badly to turn and say..well I have a blog and I'm obsessed with taking pictures and seriously, don't you know Candid Carrie hosts Friday Foto Finish Fiesta and I may need these pictures for that?!?!?!