If you had asked me 10 years ago what my family would be like, my answer would have been, in ways, very different than what my family really looks like today. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom and I always wanted a lot of kids. I think the college version of myself wanted five kids, so that I could have an SUV full. In reality, I am a stay at home mom and I have four kids (hey, not that far off), but parenthood has been nothing if not full of surprises.
I had grand plans to be a typical mom. You know, the mom who takes her kids to and from school, takes them to the park, drives them to soccer practice, joins the PTA, keeps a spotless home, and cooks real dinners all the time. I do most of that. You can spot me at school drop off and pick up. I am a card carrying member of the PTA, but I am a real slacker when it comes to attending the meetings (oops). The kids participate in a few extra curricular activities, but not all the ones they want.
But I’m not a typical mom, I also spend a fair amount of time running kids to doctor appointments – a lot of doctor appointments.
Yes, my kids see the pediatrician just like other kids. Like other families we have been spotted at the pediatrician’s office multiple times in a short time because my kids haven’t learned how to come down with the same thing at the same time. But that is pretty typical. My kids also see a lot of specialists, some more than others, because three of them have long-term follow-up care.
My kids see a/an:
- Developmental pediatrician (this is not the same as our regular pediatrician)
- Nephrologist (coming soon)
- Oncologist (actually we have two oncology teams at two different hospitals for two different kids, but that is a whole other post)
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
This list looks shorter now that it’s written out. We used to have a few more providers, (audiologist, cardiologist, gastroenterologist, general surgeon, and geneticist) but we don’t currently see them. A little part of me needs a nap just looking at this list of providers. Although, if you need a pediatric specialist, chances are I can recommend someone. Just like some neighbors have a person for electrical work, or plumbing, I have someone for whatever ails your child.
All of that brings me to this. A blog. A blog? Yes, a blog. Writing is what I know. I hope what I write will speak to you. Maybe what I write will inspire you to push through some challenge. Maybe what I write will reassure you that you are doing a great job. But most importantly, this is going to help me process and express my hopes, my dreams, my frustrations, and my fears as I raise these people amidst chaos and help them transform into responsible adults. As an added bonus, it gives me a regular place to write, which I haven’t had since choosing to stay home with my kids.