I took Bella to the pediatrician this morning for her 3-year physical. She was thirty pounds and thirty-seven inches tall. My long, leggy girl! I think this appointment was the first where she’s stood upright on the scale while the doctor measured her and weighed her. Maybe they did that at the 2-year, though. I know it was the first time she’d had a blood pressure cuff put on, though.
Bella was very calm throughout, quietly doing as the doctor asked. Dr. S. gave her a lollipop when it came time to prick her finger for the hemoglobin level and lead exposure tests. I don’t think it was necessary, though. Bella seemed much like me when I get pricked. She was curious and wanted to watch, even thought the doctor tried to get her to turn her head away. Perhaps because she’s seen me have blood drawn and get an injection in the past few months and seen how much of a non issue it was?
Of course, the lollipop provoked Sophie who had until that point been sitting quietly on my lap. If Bella had one, she wanted one too! And let me know in no uncertain terms. The doctor said, nothing gets by her. Nope. She’s sharp and wants everything Bella gets. She was content for a minute or two to just play with the wrapped lollipop and I was hoping it might end there but eventually she demanded that I take off the wrapper. It went immediately into her mouth and then she began drooling copious amounts of purple goo all over herself and me. Evidently there’s a bit of a swallowing issue. By the time we got to the car, Sophie was wearing a purple bib and had a purple chin and arms. She fell asleep almost immediately and when we got to Target I woke her up as I tried to clear up the worst of the mess with a wet wipe.
Anyway the doctor pronounced Bella healthy as can be. She initially asked if Bella was speaking, because she was doing her usual clam up and observe routine. I assured her that Bella seldom starts talking and has a great grasp of grammar and vocabulary. By the end of the visit Bella had come out of her shell a bit and amazed the doc with her observation that the cars on the street outside had stopped because the light had turned red. Curious too see how much Bella understood the doctor quizzed her on what cars do when the light is green. It took Bella minute to understand the phrasing of the question (and possibly the doctors Philipino accent) but then she gave the correct response. That’s my Bella, always wanting to know how and why everything works, how it all fits together.
Sophie also gave the doc a little shock when near the end she said something, I no longer remember what: “The baby talks?” she asked. “Oh yes, full sentences sometimes. She’s always surprising me with what she says.”
The doc conceded that with a very verbal older sister it’s not too surprising that Sophie is making rapid progress. Can I confess that I’m a bit proud of my two smart girls? It’s not that I’d love them any less if they were slow learners, of course. But yeah, my personality is such that I really do value learning and get a thrill when I see it happening.