Roof Dog, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Headless Turkey - Page 2
JavaGirl was my failure-to-thrive baby, she had many issues with taking in nutrition ranging from a suck-swallow problem to severe acid reflux and other issues. All my worries about her developing infantile anorexia were for naught, however, as once she learned to eat solid food, she developed the appetite of a truck driver, even if she still maintains the metabolism of a supermodel. So imagine my delight and merriment when she came home with the preschool collage that said, "I'm thankful for... FOOD!"
Food is something that is on her mind a lot these days. She talks about it every time she sits down for lunch. But it was today's monologue about milk that really got to me. "I need milk. It's good for my bones. My toes are thirsty. I have to drink milk so it goes down my throat, all the way down my tummy, down my legs, to my toes. But just my big toes, not the little ones. Only the big ones."
However, it was today, at the doctor's office, when I realized just how much my little girl has grown up. When her favorite nurse-practitioner came in, she said, "I'm sick! I'm coughing and coughing and I hurt. But I don't want a shot!" Frankly, I think she did a better job of describing her symptoms and her desired treatment plan than my husband did when he went in earlier this week and found out he had pneumonia! From her failure-to-thrive days she's had far more doctor's appointments than a girl her age should, so she's well versed in the regular routine of the beeping thermometer, the cold stethoscope, and the tight blood pressure cuff and she's long known the name of each of those devices. But today, she sat through a nebulizer treatment quite bravely, then brightened up afterward and told the nurse-practitioner, "Thanks, I feel much better now!" With that, she hopped off the table, clutched her Roof Dog the Red-Nosed Reindeer toy, and was ready to head home, completely oblivious to her diagnosis of H1N1.
After all, it's dinnertime, and her toes are hungry.
This is an original DC Metro Moms Blog post. Photo credit: ©iStockphoto.com/WilleeCole
When J.J. Newby aka JavaMom isn't closely listening to what JavaGirl and JavaBoy have to say, she's blogging at Caffeine And A Prayer.