This is what the doctor said…

October 11, 2012

Dear Max

We took you to the paed this week for your three-year checkup. I’m not sure an official checkup even exists, but hey, a Jewish parent can’t be too cautious, right? And it’s not like we like paying R550 to specialists every day, but we like peace of mind, plus you’ve stayed away from any doctor’s room this year, and much of your life.

So the lowdown, aside from the fact that you don’t like to be prodded, and that it takes Lego to get you to the doctor calmly, is this:

– we need to cut down on your milk at night, not because it’s unhealthy, but because it’s giving you a reason to wake up at night. We won’t be going cold turkey – we’ll be cutting down bit by bit

– you have slight eczema on your arms, which cream should sort out

– you are slightly taller than the average for your age

– you are healthy and well

– to encourage boys to be toilet trained, parents generally need to offer rewards like presents, whereas for girls, intrinsic motivators work the best (eg You’re so grown up, you’re doing great). Interesting!

– you can’t be “bought” with suckers. You turned down lollipops in five colours. I’m sure you would have taken a carrot or apple.

– you’re not an extrovert, which is something we know (and it’s okay!).

Max, there is no price on your health. Please continue to be wonderful, strong and healthy. And happy.


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  • NickiD

    Cuteness! Max is one of a kind x

    October 11, 2012 at 11:27 am Reply
  • Sue Stuart

    Glad he’s fit & healthy :). How much milk does he have at night? I’m wanting to cut back with Katy too, currently she’s having 150ml at bedtime. Thanks 🙂

    October 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Sue Stuart

    Oops I just read the tweets :))

    October 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • blackhuff

    I’m glad everything is a-okay with your son 🙂

    October 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Reply
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