Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whew

Well, the buddy gained 11 oz in just 13 days. Whew! We are up to 16lbs 9oz. Wahoo!

Here is what I've learned in the past 2 weeks.

1. Find a really good pediatrician that you agree with from the get-go. Even if you're adopting and you think you have forever to find one because you don't think you'll get matched soon, do it anyway. It will be invaluable. Try to do your research and find someone you agree with on things like vaccines, infant and child nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, breastfeeding vs. formula-feeding, etc. 


2. Trust your mom instinct for what is best for your child. No expert or doctor knows your child as well as you do. Don't dismiss advice or ignore the words of wise people, but do your own research as well and do what's best for your child and your family.

3. Enjoy your child. The worst part of the past 2 weeks was feeling like our little guy was a "project" that needed to be fed the most calories possible. It pretty much sucked the fun out of the last 2 weeks for everyone. Well, the teething didn't help, but our focus wasn't where it should have been. :(

4. Good health insurance is really important and medical care is way, way too expensive. Any one have ideas on how to fix this?

After checking out at the clinic today, we discovered that due to a miscommunication and administrative messiness, we are paying out of pocket for the buddy's 4-month vaccines. Do you know what ONE ROUND of vaccines costs for a baby? $600!! Yep. Pretty ridiculous for something that is pretty much forced on everyone, insured and uninsured alike.

I won't get into a rant now about how the medical industry is out.of.control in their cahoots with our government. But, I WILL say that this was the definite final straw for us at this clinic. It's a messy situation and I don't want to take advantage of a non-profit who overall does a great job of providing necessary medical care to the poor. But, their support and help for those that are unable to get decent affordable insurance through their PT employers, but who still work their patooties off is upsetting. I will consider it a donation to their work to the needier community and move on. Thank goodness the buddy gained weight, otherwise I would have had a meltdown followed by a heart attack. At this this way it was just a heart attack (AND still a some tears at the check-out desk). Sheesh. :/

Thanks for all the prayers, support and encouragement! Although the buddy has another tooth (yay!) he's still not into taking much breastmilk/formula which we know he really needs, so we're still trying to find the right balance of getting him the right nutrients from both solids and his bottles. It's a challenge for a little baby with a little appetite, but we'll just keep introducing new, healthy foods to him and hopefully the pressure will be off for a bit now. :-) 

3 comments:

  1. Hooray for such great weight gain! That's really impressive!! I'm sorry about the vaccines. That's awful. We did Noah's 4 month vaccines in Guatemala because we thought it would be cheaper, but it was just as much. :(

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  2. Yya! Congrats to both of you :) The unnecessary expense in health care is out of control. I highly recommend reading the current issue of Time

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  3. Wahoo for a great weight gain!! I had no idea vaccines cost that much!

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