|View Poll Results: How do you deal with drs. appts. and babies?|
|Take baby with me.||53||58.24%|
|Get DH/DP to stay home from work.||11||12.09%|
|Go on a Saturday or after hours.||3||3.30%|
|Get a sitter/childcare.||9||9.89%|
|I just don't go unless it's an emergency!||15||16.48%|
|Voters: 91. You may not vote on this poll|
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My last couple dr's appt I've brought dd with me....for my last u/s I scheduled it for when dh was off.
Now if there was a time where dh was home and it was a check up for just me, I would probably leave her home with him, but it hasn't been a huge issue up till now.
Of course by this time, my docs expect nothing less from me, and get concerned when I show up with only one or two. If it's something like the dds, dh and I get back to back appts and switch off in the waiting room. for the reg doc, well, he just works around them. And the OB/GYN? Ask me how many internals I've had with two kids on my belly and one craining her neck to see what the doc's doing!
I'm just sorta like that, though. . . If I'm gonna arrange for a sitter, DH and I are getting dinner out of the deal. . .
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I dont go to the doctor unless I am falling down sick. I just dont have anyone to care for my kids and I dont want my husband taking off work unless its really important. I have actually fallen out from illness. And the dentist, who the hell is that? do they clean teeth? The last time I went was four years ago.
I've had to go to the hospital twice in the middle of the night for IVs for dehydration. My sister took me. Next week I get to go to the ob/gyn for my annual because my mother in law will be in town. They are probably going to ask me what took me so long.
i've also taken dd1 to the dentist w/me to get her comfy w/it. but she's been at least 2yo at those visits and our dentist was nice and let her sit on my lap to watch.
mostly i get mil to watch the girls. i'm lucky to have her
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will want to go to the sitters but she usually doesn't. My BIL live 5 mins. away but I only asked them to watch dd1 once for a dr. visit. I had to go to the ER before my appendix burst and I brought the baby with me, stroller, diaper bag and all. I think the dr. thought I was playing it up till he saw my appendix was leaking/about to burst. then he and the nurses all wondered how I drove myself in with dd2 and made it in with the stroller and bag.
Funny sidenote- Dd2 nursed while I was waiting to be seen by the surgeon. The dr. walks in, doesn't notice and turns 8 shades of red when I pull her out from under the sheet. He asked if I needed him to leave...uumm,no what I need is a surgeon!
The only time I don't take them is if I am having a dental procedure(cap,root canal,etc) and that's because I HATE the dentist and don't want the girls to feel the same way.Then DH takes the time off.
But, now that DH is in Korea, I don't have him to fall back on, and my family is now an hour away. I REALLY need to get to the optometrist(haven't gotten new glasses in about 4 years, and I need them badly) plus I could use a haircut. I can do the haircut on weekends, and have my mom or sister watch the boys, but the optometrist is a bit trickier, since not all of them are open on Saturdays.
After driving 50 miles to Somerville, Ma if a family member is available to watch ds I usually bring him there. Why sit in a drs office if you don't have to after a long drive? And the relative gets a visit!
I've taken them to the dentist - I've even had my teeth cleaned while nursing one of my kids. The dentist was a nursing mother herself, so she couldn't have cared less.
The last appointment I went to with ds was when he was 6 months old. He was nursing when the specialist came in for the consult. The doctor never skipped a beat! He smiled, then looked me in the eye and continued like he sees breastfed babies in his office every day. Maybe he does!
This is going to drive me nuts - what is the title for a doctor who specializes in kidney/renal?
I also don't take kids with me to annual gyn checks. That is a little too private for me to have the kids checking out the bird's eye view - and same issue with the two year old, what if she tries walking out while my feet are in the stirrups? It is not the doc or nurses job to round up/babysit my kids IMO.
Dh always comes with me to midwife prenatal appts - and sometimes the kids come. They are welcome but I like the time to focus on the pregnancy.
I rarely pay a sitter to keep my kids for this type of thing but I have in a pinch. Usually I trade with my neighbor or another good friend - she'll watch mine and on another day I'll watch hers. That really works out well. Being a stay at home mom (for me) means that I need a little break - some time in the car or at an appt where I am not keeping track of them, if they are getting in the fish tank or whatever...
I can not imagine taking a child with me to the dentist. Yikes! How could they manage to clean my teeth with a kid on my lap. That just doesn't even seem safe....
Can you imagine a man even wondering how to get to an appointment alone?? Geez - my husband would never dream of dragging kids with him to the doctor for an annual physical. This is the kind of inequality that goes so unmentioned in our culture - it makes me angry that women have so much to juggle and men have the luxury of not even having to consider such logistical challenges. Urgh - don't get me started!!!
You should have seen me at my last pap smear. My doc got held up at the hospital so we had to wait in the waiting room for 45 minutes before we got called. My 4 1/2 year old ds was livid when all the other moms got to go in first. Then I had to wait in the exam room in that darn paper gown that has no sides for 45 more minutes. When the time came for the actual exam I made the boys come up by my head and sing with me. They see me naked all the time, but I didn't think they needed to see me spread eagle with steel instruments up my vagina.
But at 2.5 I seriously injured my arm and had to go to alot of dr apts. So I made a deal with a cousin to trade help and she watched Taylor every fri afternoon while I went to physical therapy etc.
I go on weekends or late hours when my husband can watch.
Once, he took the day off and we had dentist appts one after the other....and took turns watching.
No way you can bring a baby to the dentist (after they walk) and no way I'd have him around during a pap.
So it is weekends only here.
HARD to find one open on weekends. SO either that or have partner take day off work.
What do full-time working people do for their appts? I'm sure they can take time off. Then your partners should also be able to take time off for your appointments, I would think.