Toots had her 3 year wellness visit yesterday and I left the doctors office realizing that I might not have this whole parenting thing down yet.
I got scolded for how much milk she drinks. She is in the 5th percentile in weight and 10th percentile in height which is good since she never used to even register. She is a twerp and eats like a bird (I know), she is going to be little like her momma, what can I say. Apparently it is because I let her have milk every time she asks for it and so she is not eating the right amount of food that she needs. So now my little girl is going to have to be weaned off her favorite calorie source and I am going to have to learn to cook. Darn it, milk was much easier.
She is also very shy for about the first 20 minutes of being in new surrounding s and meeting new people, so when he was trying to see where she was verbally, he couldn’t really get a feel. In the 20 minutes that he saw her, he decided that I might want to have her evaluated on her speech. He showed her a couple pictures of animals and asked which one fly’s. She couldn’t tell him. He asked her which one gallops and she couldn’t tell him that either. When we were alone, I asked her what birds do and she told me that they sit in trees and make this noise, (insert chirping) and horses go num num when they eat hay! He asked her what you do with a cup and she told him that she dumps it on her head in the bathtub. So we see and do things a little differently at our house (imagine that). I hope that doesn’t mean that I am doing and teaching her incorrectly, just different.
Basically he said that he couldn’t understand 75 percent of what she said (which was not that much to begin with) and that if I wanted to, I could have her evaluated by a speech therapist. I talked to a bunch of people that are around her enough for her to be comfortable and all of them think that she is right on track. It would be free help if she is a little behind, but I would have to take time off work and right now, I can’t afford to do that. I would do anything for the well being, of my child, but does she need it based on 20 minutes with a doctor? What to do, what to do?
Then, to add a little more salt to my already abused by the doctor wound, as my daughter was crawling all over me and wanting to jump from the medical table, he asked me if I had read Love and Logic or wanted to attend a parenting class. Holly hell, this is 20 minutes of our lives and doesn’t quite depict reality.
This is normal doctor telling 3 year old parents stuff right? Right???????????????