Today was Abigail’s 2 1/2 year pediatrician appointment and I’m happy to say that it was the very first appointment she hasn’t screamed bloody murder at. She was such a big girl. She let the doctor listen to her heart, look in her mouth, and shine a light in her eyes all without complaining once. She actually seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience – such a drastic change from previous appointments.
For the first time ever, she also got to stand on a scale to find out her weight and lean up against a wall to find out her height.
Why do I feel like this officially means she’s no longer my baby!?
While Abigail was a rock star at her appointment, I walked out of it feeling like I’ve completely failed as a Mommy (and I know I haven’t, it was just my initial and very gut reaction). Why? Well, because the pediatrician (not Abby’s normal pediatrician, mind you – she’s only met Abby twice) said that Abby is “a little behind” in her speech.
She proceeded to tell us that she should be able to understand 50% of what Abigail is saying and she could really only understand 25%. She then followed up with a series of questioning that went something like this ::
Do you read to her?
- Do you talk to her when you’re at home?
- Does she spend time around other kids her age?
After those questions I had to bite my tongue before asking, “Do you think I’m some kind of idiot?”
We know that Abigail doesn’t enunciate very clearly all the time and we also know that when she’s excited and/or nervous, her words all run together and they don’t make sense to anyone…not even to us. But my goodness…do we read her books!?!
The short answer to each of those questions is obviously “Yes.” We read a ton of books to Abigail. We talk to her all the time (who else would I talk to during the day!?). And she has friends her age. We aren’t around them all the time and sure, some of them have clearer words and sentences than Abigail, but I never thought that meant she was “a little behind.”
The funny part about this story is that on our way home, there was an elderly woman on the elevator who struck up a conversation with Abigail (asking her the standard questions of age, name, if Mac was her brother or sister, etc). That woman understood 100% of Abigail’s responses – no parental interpretation needed.
So while we’ll definitely work on helping Abigail with her enunciation and make that more of a priority, I’m not going to allow myself to feel like I’m some kind of awful Mom. Because I’m not. We’re great parents and Abby is a very, very smart girl who loves to read, sing, and dance…I’m pretty sure she’ll turn out a-ok.
Goodness gracious though…what a morning…talk about Mommy guilt!
Looking on the bright side, even if she calls a “Panda” a “Bobbing” (don’t ask me why) for the rest of her life, I know that we have raised the most loving and spirited 2.5 year old…and she absolutely ADORES her sister…I’ll take that over a perfect word any day of the week.
Have any of you guys ever had an experience like this at the doctor’s office?
And as usual, here’s a little recap of the past two and a half years!
1.25.11 (1st Doctor Appointment)
Height: 18.99″ (~50th percentile)
Weight: 6.82 lbs (~25th percentile)
Head Circumference: 13.19″ (~30th percentile)
7.25.11 (6 Month Doctor Appointment)
Height: 25.6″ (~50th percentile)
Weight: 15.05 lbs (~30th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16.53″ (~30th percentile)
1.30.12 (12 Month Doctor Appointment)
Height: 29.75″ (~70th percentile!!!)
Weight: 20.8 lbs (~40th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.25″ (~75th percentile)
4.25. 12 (15 Month Doctor Appointment)
Height: 31.5″ (~80th percentile – she’s a weed!!!)
Weight: 22.5 lbs (~50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.5″ (~85th percentile – big dome…big brain!)
8.6. 12 (18 Month Doctor Appointment)
Height: 33.5″ (~90th percentile – she’s still a weed!!!)
Weight: 25 lbs (~65th percentile – Mommy’s not the only one who’s been growing)
Head Circumference: 19″ (~85th percentile – big dome…big brain!)
1.24.13 (2 Year Doctor Appointment)
Height: 36 1/4″ (~97th percentile)
Weight: 28 lbs (~70th percentile)
7.18.13 (2 1/2 Year Doctor Appointment)
Height: 37″ (~95th percentile)
Weight: 32 lbs (~90th percentile)
Until next time,