Weeks ago I scheduled appointments for Violet and Zoey to have their 4- and 2-year-old check-ups. They gave me a date and time, I looked at the calendar - no conflicts - another thing checked off the To Do list, don't have to think about it any more.
I might've mentioned before that I'm not really a superstitious person, but maybe I should've thought through scheduling simultaneous check-ups for little girls who will be getting shots on Friday the 13th.
During my first pregnancy I worried about all the icky things that come with parenting - I'm not good with bad smells or blood or guts - but surprisingly, I've always been okay with doctor visits and seeing my little ones cry when they get shots. I have always been able to be calm and help them either stay or recover their calm. Today was no different, even with a little extra Violet trauma.
Lorelei was out of school today and was there to comfort Zoey after her shot while I held Violet down. I've done this before, many times. Hold her hands, lean over her body on the table, look her in the eye, talk in a soothing voice, tell her it will be over soon and it only hurts a minute. Lorelei never struggled, never really even cried (except as an infant), it was always more of a really hardcore wince. I was spoiled. Violet looked terrified, cried A LOT and really, really struggled. But, I hugged and held them, helped pick out the stickers that weirdly make everything okay and we took our leave.
Just as we were walking out of the the building Violet asked for her jacket, so Lorelei took Zoey's hand while I got the jacket out of the diaper bag. Zoey decided this was a good time to work her wicked wiggle, escaped Lorelei and took off for the parking lot where a van was making it's way toward us. Lorelei ran, I started to run and a wonderful stranger turned around, saw her coming and grabbed her.
Heart attack. She cried, I nearly cried, everybody's nerves were frazzled. So much for maintaining calm at the doctor's office. This calls for a movie night with ice cream and candy!
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