Okay, yes…I understand that my children turned four on August 1st, 2011 and it is now NOVEMBER 2011 and they JUST NOW had their 4 year check ups. Better late than never, right?!!
I strategically planned this wellness exam (and ungodly amount of shots) on a school day. 2 kiddos would go on a “date” with Mom to the pediatrician’s office in the morning while the other 2 were at school…and then we’d flip flop in the afternoon. It worked out perfectly- thanks to Aunt Ashley for picking up Sav & Ben after school!
Savannah and Ben- the morning crew, awaiting their turn (and actually excited to be at the doctor’s office. They ALL were… crazies!)
Upon the advice of my BFF, Mari, I decided to talk to the kids the day before about what to expect. Our pedi and nurses had warned us last year about how rough the 4 year old shots were (and NOT to bring all 4 at once like I usually do)---maybe that is why I put the appointments off for so long. My anxieties were solidified when my BFF, Jac, told me about her *glorious* day at the pedi with four, 4 year olds getting shots as well! EEEEK!
We practiced giving injections on Savi’s baby dolls and I even let them pretend to give me shots in my leg with a pen. I promised them a treat as soon as the shots were over, etc.
I was proud of how brave they were…but when it came down to the actual injections, I have NEVER, I repeat- NEVERRRRR heard my kids scream like that before.
IT. WAS. SO. INTENSE.
My heart broke for them- but as soon as the last needle was pulled from their legs- the tears stopped and the smiles reappeared. God bless the resilience of little ones, amen?
Time for the hooligans to enjoy their afternoon at the pedi’s office- Ethan and Andrew.
Yep- while Dr. Archer was asking Mom questions, Cheech and Chong were giggling and digging in to each others’ nostrils. Not to mention, I caught them licking each other as well. I mean… SERIOUSLY?!!! In a germ infested pediatrician’s office?!!! I mean, REALLY DUDES? I’m pretty sure my heart stopped. GOONS!
Andrew was the bravest…bless his little heart. It killed me to see him scream in pain. He rarely cries (unlike Ben and Sav). Ebud too- the sounds that came out of their lungs just made me want to die. But it was all over within seconds.
Drew looks completely traumatized! LOL.
(He wasn’t traumatized… trust me, he perked right up as he picked out his tasty treat at the ‘ole neighborhood Starbucks)
So are you ready for the height and weight stats?…
All 4 kids weigh the exact same at 35 lbs! The nurse couldn’t believe it. Isn’t that crazy?!
And they are almost all the same exact height! Let me tell ya- they definitely stick out in a crowd as 4 year old quadruplets! LOL. 4 little clones of each other.
Ethan (still the tallest)- 42”
Drew- 41 3/4”
Ben- 41 1/2”
Sav- 40 1/2”
And I’ll leave you with this picture of the 20 Band-Aids that I peeled off of the kids that night. Can you even imagine?
I wasn’t really planning on it- but this Mama was absolutely exhausted… wiped out physically and emotionally more than anything. PHEWWW. Glad that is OVERRRR and praising God for healthy little 4 year old preemies who have beaten all the odds.
Lots to be thankful for.