I Thought Doctors Were the Scary Ones

by The Momma on March 31, 2011

I think the Noodle scares our pediatrician.

Maybe this is proof positive that his…shall we say Energy Level?…is higher than the average bear. He’s not a sit-quietly-on-your-lap kid. Oh no, he’s more of a climb-this-pull-that-what’s-this?-grab-that-ooh-a-door!–wheee-a-spinning-chair!–can-I-stand-on-this? type kid.

Every time our pediatrician sees him, I can watch her visibly cringe as he does his exploration of the exam room. I see her flinch as he crawls under the table. I watch her grimace as he tries to climb me while she’s talking.

Look, I know that some people think we’re just not “handling” him well enough, or reigning him in enough. I wonder about it myself sometimes. But he’s also 18 months old. He’s not THAT far outside the realm of normal 18 month old activities (and hell, waiting at the doctor’s is BORING for adults, much less a toddler).

And you’d think the pediatrician would not be trying to back herself into the wall every time he makes a move. I swear, I think she’s afraid of him. Which of course, is ridiculous right? I mean, surely she’s been around kids like him before?

right? …right?? ….RIGHT??!?!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael @ adaddyblog.com March 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

LOL. Unfortunately I’ve had to take our 2 year old the ped this week. He’s pretty great with her, though… and shows no fear. LOL. Yours will need to work on her poker face and body language. 18 month olds are wise to their “tells”. Also had to go to the children’s hospital (she’s doing much better) and they were excellent as well, though sick as she was there was minimal wall climbing (which is not normal). ;)


Adelle @ ready...GO!...get set March 31, 2011 at 10:25 am

My older brother is a pediatrician (we call him Uncle Dr. Bob) and he has some GREAT stories. One thing I remember him saying is that he looks for behaviors like your son is exhibiting. It’s one way he tells if a child is developing correctly.

Basically, if they aren’t ripping the paper off the examination table and eating it, he gets worried.


Lex March 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I seriously hope the pediatrician isn’t afraid of your kid. Toddlers are energy incarnate — everybody knows this. She needs to chill.


Perpetual Breadcrumbs April 1, 2011 at 4:19 am

I’m with everybody else: it’s a good sign! J is a lot like E, I think: on the advanced side when it comes to motor skills (we just had an evaluation this week that said exactly that: ahead on gross/fine motor, and motor kids always speak later).

I think it’s awesome that he scares the doctor; that’s an important life skill. :) And seriously, if kids freak you out? You should probably go back and choose a new speciality.


Alexis April 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hilarious! I agree with other commenters, the kids who are not creating a whirlwind of destruction when offered such an interesting environment would worry me much more. Thankfully our NP and her trusty RN just roll with it….there is a special place in heaven for that duo. :) Honestly, I know I terrified my former PCM and he kept his face shut about any topic that I did not schedule the app’t for. It was pretty sweet. This could be a valuable life skill…


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