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Thursday, September 01, 2005

I Like the Way You Move

Is it parental pride or plain old neediness that makes me do the things I do. Maya had her first check-up with her new Las Vegan (I have no idea if she's a vegan or not, but I'll make a point to ask next time) pediatrician. She's going down the checklist asking me all the relevant questions - I have no good answers for the questions she asks.

DR: Does she have a good appetite?
Me: No, not unless eating for about 3 minutes a day constitutes a good appetite. (And it's 90% mac and cheese, people. KRAFT mac and cheese. )

Dr: Does she eat green vegetables?
Me: (I'm trying to remember the last time she didn't spit a vegetable out of her mouth of any color) No, not very much.

Dr.: Does she drink a lot of water or juice in the day?
Me: Like, 4 oz. (But she nurses the life force out of me -does that count for anything? I drink LOTS of water a day and still go to bed feeling dehydrated. The water must go straight from the Brita to my belly to my breasts to Maya to her heavy diapers, and sometimes if I've forgotten to hide the garbage, to our dog.)

When it becomes obvious that she's not going to ask me the questions I WANT to answer, I just offer it up.

Me: But she knows, like, 150 words, 30 phrases or sentences, can sing the alphabet song and can count to ten.

Dr: Mmmhmmm. Well, I'm going to send someone in to test the iron in her blood, and then we'll see you again at 18 months.

Then I just feel plain stupid.

Somehow, Maya eked by the whole iron test. She must be getting some from the dog food she steals or she's getting take out at night while we sleep, cause I can't remember the last time she ate anything with it.

After being pricked and prodded, she grumpily tried to fall asleep in the car on the way home which is death to her home nap. So I kept her awake with some OutKast which she LOVES. She sung along, "I like waaaaaayy moooove" and I thought, she's doing OK. But maybe we'll start taking some vitamins.

I Like the Way You Move


At 1:22 PM, Blogger mrtl said...

She's a freakin' genius!

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Mama Duck said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who tortures my kids on the way home to avoid the five-minute doze that is the "nap killer"!!! I sing loudly (poorly), open the windows, yank on her feet, you name it...

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

You ARE still nursing her! Yay! :) I bet that's why her iron turned out so good. I think a lot of docs don't realize how well iron in breastmilk is absorbed. If she's still nursing, it will fill in the gaps of missing food. (And sorry if you were still hoping to have weaned her by now :) )

Glad to see you back blogging again!

At 7:03 AM, Blogger Susie said...

She is delightful. How 'bout a little, "Hey, Yah"?

At 8:03 PM, Anonymous M&Co. said...

Did you know you can make microwave kraft mac and cheese? The Boychild asks for it by name. It's so easy and some days it's all he will eat.

What is it with dogs and dirty diapers? All together now, "eeewwww!"

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