I just took the baby to his two month well-child visit yesterday. I quite like my pediatrician. She has six kids (mostly grown) and we are almost always seen promptly. The baby is doing great (11 lbs 15 oz, which is about double his lowest weight two months ago). This is a cause for celebration!
Even so, with the combo of shots, and general kid unhappiness with getting weighed/measured, etc., medical visits are definitely not one of the most fun parts of parenting. In this episode of Best of Both Worlds, Sarah and I open with a discussion of this, and how much we value providers who do their best to value patients’ time, and how Sarah tries to do this in her practice.
Then, in the body of the episode, we interview Lee Becknell, who works full time as a marketing manager and is raising a son with a rare genetic condition, and who is also on the autism spectrum. This has presented many challenges. Becknell talks frankly about them, including their uncertain future. Most of us go into parenting assuming our children will become more independent as they grow up. Becknell is not certain this will be the case. She talks about how her family makes daily life work, and the support system that makes life possible.
Finally, we end with a discussion of how to handle snow and sick days. My kids and I were just discussing that two years ago yesterday we had one of our worst snow storms in ages. I picked up my three elementary school aged kids at school and the walk across the field through the blizzard to my car was…memorable. We lost power for days. This winter, by contrast, has been mild. In any case, it’s always a good idea to think through how you’ll handle interruptions to the normal schedule. With snow days, this can be a great opportunity to team up with neighbors. With sick days, we discuss how much PTO to reserve for this (some…but hopefully not all! Sarah talks about the buffer she tries to maintain).
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