Jon's out of town so I got the pleasure of taking the boys solo to their 3 year checkup. This was, by far, their easiest checkup. Don't get me wrong, every time I tried to talk to the doctor, they did their best to get my attention. Even the doctor laughed at their antics. But the stress was minor compared to other checkups.
At their first checkup, we each held a screaming 2 week old baby while frantically mixing bottles, changing diapers, trying to listen to the doctor, and nearly hyperventilating from the realization that there was no turning back.
We then had a series of stressful checkups talking about Alex's plagiocephaly and torticollis, Nate's reflux and continued fussiness, Alex's speech, and their development delays. We had countless doctor's visits between checkups because the boys were ALWAYS sick.
After their 2 year checkup, I called my friend Julie-with-twins to celebrate the boys' NORMALNESS. We had two 2 year olds, no more worrying about delays and effed up heads and reflux vomiting. We even had a celebratory twin mom night out. We could move on to normal worries.
As I was filling out their 3 year ages and stages questionnaire, I was almost giddy with NORMALNESS. Every checkbox was yes. I didn't have to quiz them, test them, or practice anything. They could do everything listed on the sheet. It felt so great. But of course, I walked away from this appointment with both good news and bad news.
Good news: both kids are healthy, proportional, happy 3 year olds.
Bad news: I'll give it to you in least worry to most worry.
1. Heights and weights.
Alex height 36.5 inches (25%), weight 31.6 lb (50%)
Nate height 36.75 inches (25%), weight 30.8 (50%)
I plugged their stats into an online calculator again and AGAIN it says Alex will be 5'7" and Nate will be 5'9". This is not really a worry but what is the point of marrying someone 6'4" if you're going to have short kids?! Jon is borderline-freakishly tall so couldn't we at least have AVERAGE kids? Why shorties?
2. Alex's enunciation. Doctor agreed Alex's enunciation is a little behind his peers. It's not enough to have warranted a call to EI but it's still something we should keep on the Worry List. Because you know, I haven't done enough worrying and obsessing over Alex's speech over the last two years.
That's when I realized I've never mentioned on my blog that I was in speech therapy in elementary school. I used to slur my Ss and Zs. In fact, when I drink too much alcohol, I again slur my Ss and Zs, which is how I know when to stop drinking. And while I know first-hand speech therapy is not that big of a deal, I just want to stop worrying on this one. (Side note: speech therapy was in the special ed class, so I would leave gifted class to go to special ed. Awesome.)
3. Alex's stuttering. He's started this just recently, and he mostly does it when Nate is talking over him. But the doctor told me specifically to google stuttering to find the website stutteringhelp.org and if Alex is still doing it at 3 1/2, we get a referral to speech.
The last time I was told to google something by a doctor, Alex ended up in a helmet and 9 months of physical therapy.
So you can see why I'm worried.