Friday, May 2, 2014

Four Babies Go to the Doctor!

Archibeque Quads Pediatrician Visit - April 2014 - All over 8 lbs

For most people, I imagine a trip to the pediatrician involves throwing a couple diapers and a bottle into the diaper bag, strapping the baby in the car seat and taking off. Not for us!

A trip to the pediatrician for quads involves perfect planning and execution. It's an art form; one that requires perfect timing and organization to pull it off with a melt down (and by melt down, I mean Mommy and Daddy). 

The planning starts early, usually the night before with packing of two diaper bags; one with at least 10 diapers, a full package of wipes, 4 extra onesies, 6 blankets, 4 bibs, 6 burp cloths, 2 full size bottles of Purell, diaper rash cream and lotion and another bag with four bottles and 32 ounces of formula. The next day, planning continues with careful timing of feedings for the day. We don't want four screaming babies halfway to the doctor's office so they must be fed just before we leave the house. All four babies must be changed and dressed appropriately, strapped into their car seats, and loaded into the van. 

When we arrive at the doctor's office, more execution takes place as we each have our jobs. I get bags organized and Purell ready to put in the strollers while Adam unfolds the strollers and gets them baby ready. In the matter of about two minutes, we can get all four seats out of the van and clicked into the strollers. Then, we're off!!

Inside we go. Usually we are stopped more than once by random strangers asking questions. Often, we have to avoid them and just keep going. We don't do it to be rude but there's a lot of reasons why. First of all, safety! We are pushing four infants through a busy parking lot. We have to pay attention to our surroundings and if we stop to answer questions, we are distracted from our number one priority. Another safety concern is the health of our babies. Sick people go to the doctor so we have to be aware of who is around us. We are watchful when getting in elevators and usually, we have our babies' faces covered up but we still want to minimize exposure as much as we can. Finally, time! I can't tell you how long everything takes with as many babies as we have. If we stop and tell everyone all we'd like to about our babies, we'd never make it to an appointment. 

Once we make it in, we check in. If it's anything other than a well visit, we have to pay a co-pay of $25 per child. Yup, $100 doctor visit! Babies aren't cheap and that old saying "cheaper by the dozen" doesn't seem to apply to children. 

Back to the room we go! We take all four babies into one room, unload them & push the strollers into the storage room. Everyone is stripped down and weighed. The nurse usually asks some questions and takes temperatures etc before the doctor comes in. Once the doctor comes in, we function pretty much as an assembly line. One by one, we go through each baby addressing any issues/concerns and she looks over each baby carefully. At the end, we talk through general questions, developmental milestones to look for, and things we need to do or look for. 

After we're done, it's a reverse process all the way home. By the time we're done, it's always time to eat again when we get home so we unload the babies, put car seats away in the corner (really it's a wall), warm bottles, change everyone and it's back to our new "normal". 

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