Another Unnecessary Pediatrician Visit

Yup. I was, once again, that mom. You know, the mom who’s all worried over every little sign? Those of you who knew me when Hula Girl was little know that we visited the pediatrician a lot. Part of this is that Jonathan’s also a worry-wart in his heart, and when you get the two of us together and tell us something slightly troubling about our children, we automatically jump into “Something’s Wrong!” mode. I would like to take a moment to recognize my restraint so far in Gelato’s life… after all, we almost made it 4 months without an extraneous pediatrician visit. Alas, all good things must come to an end.

In the middle of last week, I noticed my little man scratching at his right ear a lot. I figured I’d keep an eye on it, but he was probably only doing that because he was discovering that there was something floppy attached to the side of his head. Cool. Fast forward to yesterday, when he started crying his “pain” cry when I laid him down to change his diaper. Weird. When I sat him back up, he stopped crying. I tried this about 4 times in a row, and he was definitely in pain when on his back. We eventually got the diaper changed when I distracted him. Then he started crying his “pain” cry in the evening after we put him to bed last night. And he would not be comforted. And every time Jonathan tried to lay him down, he just cried harder.

We thought it was probably an ear infection.

Well, nope. Took him in today and felt like a moron. But at least I now have peace of mind.

I also learned that my kid is a huge chub. He weighs in at 16 pounds, which is 1 pound, 2 ounces heavier than Hula Girl was at his age. Actually, when looking at growth percentiles, he’s only between 50 and 75, but still. I am pretty confident we won’t double his birth weight (8 lbs 13.5 oz, so we’d need to get to 17 lbs 11 oz) by 6 months old, but we didn’t with Hula Girl, either. It’s pretty hard to do when your kids come out so huge. 🙂

Anyway, $30 down the drain; healthy baby; moving on.


  1. Rachel Bruyere said,

    November 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    If it makes you feel better, Holland didn’t double his birth weight either 😉 Yay for no ear infection!

    • November 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Well, yes, your GINORMOUS baby not doubling his birth weight makes total sense. ‘Cuz otherwise your arms would have fallen off by now. 🙂

  2. kristypowers said,

    November 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I would have gone for that sign, too. It’s hard/impossible to tell with ear infections. Last year, I took Nick in real quick before a holiday weekend (Christmas) and they said he didn’t have an ear infection. He stayed the same (miserable) through the weekend and I brought him in again on Tuesday when he had, yes, an ear infection. Argh.

    • November 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      We had that same issue with Hula Girl… it was her first and only ear infection! We were there on a Tuesday, and everything was clear. We went back on Thursday, and it was a full-blown nightmare. Poor baby!

      • kristypowers said,

        November 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        I know, I feel so bad for little ones when that kind of thing happens.

  3. Courteney said,

    November 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’m still “that mom” 10 years later!

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