Approximately 7 hours until the event that literally makes me feel like a child abuser.
The dreaded annual doctors appointment for the twins is this afternoon at 3.
Actually, I can't honestly say that I dread the entire appointment. I do love getting the twins' updated stats and having their pediatrician marvel at how well they are doing but its at the end when their Ped. leaves and the nurse comes in that the madness begins.
Today they have not 1, not 2 but 3 vaccinations. Usually I'm required to hold each of them still while the nurse administers the shot. I know they'll likely cry and I will have to continue to hold them still so the nurse can "hurt" them an additional two times before being able to pick them up and cuddle and soothe them.
I hate it, I absolutely hate it.
In an effort to prepare the kids this morning I told them that Grandma was going to pick them up from FMCP's, bring them by Mommy's work (which they love) and then we'd go to the doctors. "We do need to get a shot", I said " but if you are brave Mommy will let you go to the reward store (aka the Dollar Store) and pick out a toy afterwards. Maybe even two" (see what guilt does to me).
"I don't want a shot" J starts to cry and kick her feet in her car seat. "I won't get one"
I tried to explain that the shots protect us from bad things that can make us very very sick and that Mommy had to get them too when she was a little girl but to no avail.
J just wasn't having it. I can't say I blame her.
My idea of fun with the kids is the Children's Museum or the park, or making our own ice cream sundaes not making them wait in a small lobby ,only to be called in to an even smaller room to be poked with needles.
Sure its a necessarily evil but ,good god, I just can't get beyond the fact that now that they are 4 this is going to be so much more of an undertaking than prior years. They are old enough to tell me "Mommy you suck (or something to that effect)" and I fully expect they might.
Hmmm, I hoped posting would alleviate some of the anxiety I'm feeling over this ...but I'm still counting its about 6.5 hours now...