Friday, October 10, 2008

First Doctor Visit

Alyzabeth made the first visit to her Doctor early yesterday morning and let us just say upfront that she handled it far better than the expectations we had laid out for her!
Dr. Chris spent better than an hour with her. We know this is not a typical visit but it must be said that the good Doctor spent a great deal of time just soothing Alyzabeth and allowing her to get to know him before he began poking around. We kept remembering the "exam" in China and the resultant meltdown but Dr. Chris did not force things and what a difference it made.

Bottom line health assessment, Alyzabeth is a healthy little girl while tilted to the small size on the Asian growth charts. No surprise there on the growth charts. (we still have the blood work to get and then return to go over the results in 6 weeks with Dr. Chris)
We've elected to update her immunizations and Dr. Chris has outlined a plan to do so without starting from scratch. We know the blood work will show antibodies but the unknown is always the strength of the shot she received in China. Yesterday, she got 3 shots and a TB test. Did she cry while getting the shots? Oh yeah but the nurse was GOOD and QUICK and baby girl recovered in a flash!

We celebrated with a nice lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, The Blue Grotto.
Hint that most of you know. You can still enjoy a meal out together without putting fear in the eyes of your fellow dinners when you walk in with your little one. Go early or late. It's generally not crowded and distractions are fewer for the little one and the servers are a bit more relaxed as well... And of course the big reason. There aren't as many people there to give you the evil eye :) (added from Aly: For those not in our travel group, while in China, ALL babies/toddlers ate out every meal, so AA is VERY familiar with restaurant etiquette; we had family meal time out for breakfast, lunch and dinner; every day. We mastered the art of wiping one's mouth with a napkin there. :)

We finished the day with a trip to Palatka. Aly kept Livi and Alyzabeth while I ventured off for my music lesson.
Livi and Alyzabeth danced and played while we waited for Leaa D and Jesse to arrive home from work. No dinner this Thursday as they were all heading to the beach to meet up with Leaa's sister Nicole for a quiet birthday dinner together.
Next Thursday we're making plans for a big family gathering at Leaa's before Aly's mom heads back to Maine!


Truly Blessed said...

So great that you have a patient pediatrician -- wouldn't it be wonderful if ALL pediatricians loved kids and were patient with them? (yeah, speaking from experience here!).

Have a great time with visiting family!

Melissa said...

AA did WONDERFULLY!! I think her reward should be a pedicure w/Mommy!!! She was naked & even a little girls ties shouldn't be naked!
I'm glad to also see that she likes Satly Dog Jr! So she should like Sampson, even tho he is black. When I get home I'll sen pictures of him & the 2 cats so she can she what she'll be visiting in Maine!!
Hey, I saw AA signing to you @ the DR's office, she was staing "more food" when she put her 2 little hands together. I sent you a picture......I am going to get a book!!!
Love you all!

PIPO said...

Great job, AA!

It looks like you are fortunate to have found a wonderful ped :0) That's always a relief.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Looks like AA did sooo great..
She is doing soooo well.
Have a Great Weekend..

Vivian M said...

What a great doctor! Sending positive thoughts that the tests all come back OK. And Alyzabeth truly is a brave little girl!

Briana's Mom said...

So glad AA did well. We updated all of Bri's immunizations as well. Better safe than sorry.

Love the video. She is as cute as can be!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I'm so glad AA coped as well as she did! Sounds like y'all chose an excellent pediatrician.

And small is fine! They grow if you water them ;) The Tongginator wasn't even on the Asian growth charts when we first came home, but now she's at the 50% for height and 35% for weight.

Cora said...

Yea! no major melt downs. She is doing so well. I love to hear voice.
Have a great weekend.

Special K said...

She did such a good job at the doc. And how lucky for you to have found such a fabulous pediatrician. She just gets cuter every day.

Ruth and Brian said...

It warms my heart to see Alyzabeth doing so well in the video. What a fabulous Dr. you have, that he would take his time warming up to her is so great. And it was awesome to see Ford sitting next to her during her exam. So glad that A and daddy are finding their nitch together.

Still working on the pictures of the boys to post on the blog

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a great doc! AA is doing so well...what a sweetie!

It is amazing how fast they give those's over before they know it!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Dita said...

I just melted watching AA at the restaurant with the two of you eating garlic and olive oil on bread and yumming all the way.

It is absolutely amazing how wonderfully she has settled in to her new wonderful life!

Billy and Maggie said...

Awwww...Alyzabeth looks so content! It so good to see that. You all look so happy together, God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I loved the sign for "more!" Of course, I would. :D MA and MNM still use and know their signs even at the age of 3 and 6. The signs come in handy for many situations. Epsecially, when I want to tell them something in church or elsewhere without using the "loud/outside voice." My favorite is saying " I love you" to MA when he is on the school bus driving away. :/

Love sis

Gina said...

Glad to see she did well during her check-up. She is so cute, and I can see she's got the "more" sign down pat. I also taught Gianna some signs and it really came in very handy.

I don't know if you guys ever watched Lost on ABC but your pediatrician there looks a lot like Matthew Fox who plays Dr. Jack Sheppard on the show.