Check ups,an ugly tooth, and Birth Certs

Zeke had a check up today.  He got four shots and he’s
been fussy from them.  His little legs are red and swollen too.  The
doc was a little concerned about his spitting up, something all of mine have
done. She suggested pumping and adding a little cereal to weigh down the milk
in his stomach.  I don’t want to give him cereal yet.  I’ll try
propping his mattress.  She said she could prescribe Zantac or
Zantax–something else I don’t want to do.  He’s gaining weight just
great, he was 14 lbs, 15 oz. She also wants me to give him polyvisol
drops—-didn’t do that with the other two.  Any of you use them?  I
do like her even though I don’t agree with her all the time.  Please tell me I’m not crazy for not wanting to listen to my doctor’s advice!

On the way this morning I was eating a granola bar and the bonding popped off
my front tooth.  Ugh!  It looks terrible!  We had several stops
this morning and I was so self conscious to talk or smile to the many people I
saw.  I made an appt with a dentist tomorrow.  I’ve been wanting a
permanent fix for awhile, I guess now is the time.  I’m really hoping it can be fixed tomorrow because we are going to Richmond GBC this weekend. I look terribly silly trying to cover my tooth with my lip while I talk. 

We also got Zeke’s third birth certificate this morning.  We just sent one off to get his passport and we have one each for the specials seals we need to get a visa for Argentina and Costa Rica.  Brian and I need to travel to five cities to get birth certificates and authenticated seals for each of us.  Those cities would be Annapolis(for Zeke), Washington DC(for me), Philly and Harrisburg(for Chi and Lijah) and Cleveland and Columbus for Brian.  We are hoping to accomplish those all sometime during are travels this summer.  The moral of the story, if you plan to move to another country marry someone from your state and have all your kids in that same state. =)

9 thoughts on “Check ups,an ugly tooth, and Birth Certs”

  1. Sorry about your tooth. I’m glad you were able to get in so quickly. Ok, if anyone’s a spitter, it’s Miles. His doctor didn’t want to put him on meds. Doctors are so different. Becca will have lots of experience to share with you on this, I’m sure. Hmm- three certificates? We have one. And we’re ordering one that’s authenticated. Why do we need three? This stuff gets so confusing. I think Rich will be able to order his authenticated certificate from MI without going there. Anyway, seriously, could you let me know exactly what your getting and what they’re for- I’d appreciate any help 🙂

  2. Audra spit too;  not excessively, but the doctor never even sort of mentioned medication.  I don’t think you’re crazy – especially not if the other two spit similarly. What is crazy is all of the birth certificate work.  Wow.

  3. That’s funny advice about moving to another country–we have some extra hassles in there too with Andy and the boys have dual citizenship, so we travel with 7 passports for 4 people… I agree with the above in regards to drs. opinions. I think you’re wise to do your research.

  4. thanks for the advice, luckily I married someone who doesn’t want to move to another country. My kids didn’t spit much. I agree, it’s ok to question your doctor. Sorry about your tooth. I hope you are able to get it fixed soon.

  5. I definitely feel your pain about your tooth.  I chipped both of my front teeth in grade school and in January one of my chips fell off–I felt so ugly.  Thankfully, I was able to get it fixed quickly–I hope they fixed yours already!  You guys are going to Richmond this weekend?  When are you driving up or back?  We’re literally 8 minutes off of 95 about a half hour north of Richmond.  We’ve got a lot going on this weekend, but it would be neat to see you guys even for a half hour or so?  Don’t worry if it won’t work, just a fun thought!  🙂

  6. I don’t have much spitting experience, but I totally agree with you on questioning your doctor.  Meds and baby cereal?  If he’s healthy and growing that seems unnecessary to me.  Not that I know anything.  That part about weighing down his stomach sounded especially weird.  Oh, the birth certificates.  Get as many as you can.  You never know what you are going to need and when.  Even once you are here, there is tons more paperwork.  Of course, you also need them to have the apostille in order to work here.  In Indiana, we could get original birth certificates for like 5 or 10 dollars a piece.  We got about five for each person.  I don’t regret that.  I’m so sorry you guys are spread out over the whole country.  That just adds to the hassle.  I’ll be praying for all the paperwork joys.

  7. Wow! It is so exciting that you are close enough to leaving that you have started the paperwork trail, but it is crazy how much of the country you are going to have to cover to get everyone’s Birth Certificates! I am always impressed by how calmly to handle things that I know I would be overwhelmed by. I totally back you on questioning your Dr on this, and I am definitely not good at thinking for myself when it comes to Doctors. Her advice sounds very extreme to me. All of it. I am with you and everyone else – if he is gaining weight, why do things that have proven to be bad for babies? Weird. But, I guess all of this should be tempered by the knowledge that I did not in fact go to medical school. 😉 Also, in case Jil reads this – Rich was born in MI?

  8. Miles. Oh my sweet Miles. I’ve put off getting the carpet cleaned until he stops spitting up so much. He’s almost 9 months old. Still no carpet cleaning. I asked our pediatrician about it and she said that as long as he’s gaining weight, it’s perfectly fine. She told me Miles was a “happy spitter” meaning that it didn’t seem to bother him too much, so she wasn’t going to do anything about it (especially since he was gaining weight ok). She said that Zantac and those kinds of medications help if the baby is really fussy because of the spitting, but don’t usually work to stop the spit up. She didn’t recommend starting cereal early either. She basically told me not to worry about it and to just make sure he had enough wet diapers during the day. She also told me to bring him in whenever I wanted to get a weight check if I was concerned. She said that I’ll see a lot of improvement when he starts sitting up and his stomach muscles are stronger. I have seen a LOT less spit up since then. He still spits probably 3 or 4 times a day, but it’s significantly better. I was going through probably 5 outfits a day for him because they would be soaked. Wow. This was long. Sorry. In conclusion, I agree with you and so does my pediatrician. I did give Milo polyvisol drops when I was nursing. My doctor recommended it and frankly, I didn’t trust myself to eat perfectly healthy and balanced foods all the time to pass on to Miles. Since they are just vitamin drops, I did give him those.

  9. Oh yeah, if polyvisol is just vitamin drops – I gave those to Ian while breast feeding too. No surprise since Becca and I use the same pediatrician 😉

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