Last week was a bit of a babypalooza.
Monday was childbirth class.
Wednesday we interviewed our first pediatrician.
Thursday we had a group prenatal appt.
Baby, baby, baby, all the time baby.
I suppose this is what happens as you come to the end. Your focus goes from all things pregnancy to all things baby.
Suddenly we've had to become parents without actually having the baby yet.
We made decisions AS PARENTS last week.
First thing we decided?
Everyone who comes near baby for the first 2 months has to have a whooping cough vaccine. This is entirely because of the area of the world that we live in. Marin County, just over the bay, is both one of the most under vaccinated counties in the country AND had a whooping cough outbreak a few years ago that killed some babies.
So, better safe than sorry, we're all getting vaccinated.
We picked our kid's first pediatrician.
We are big crunchy hippies apparently (seriously San Francisco, you could at least make me WORK to be the big fat crunchy hippie that I apparently am) as we've chosen an "integrative medicine" practice ie. holistic and western medicine "integrated", that believes FOOD IS MEDICINE.
Music to my ears.
I believe wholeheartedly in the power of food to heal chronic ailments. And I always strive to fix any imbalance naturally before resorting to western medicine for things like bladder infections, yeast infections, etc etc.
Did you know garlic and olive oil can heal ear infections? Yeah...it totally works. I've done it.
If I would have ended up with a pediatrician who tried to tell me that a colicky baby wouldn't benefit from me changing my diet I would have gone apeshit. Fussy breastfeeding baby? First things first, CHANGE YOUR DIET.
Seriously, music to my ears.
And another added benefit? The pediatrician is 3 blocks away. And another benefit? They do baby's first checkup in-home. That's right, Dr. comes to us! And another benefit? They believe in homebirth. And they believe in the parents right to choose what vaccines to give their babies.
I've been prepared to have to fight my pediatrician on a lot of things, homebirth, delayed vaccinations, mama's diet when breastfeeding, SO MANY THINGS...and it turns out I probably won't have to.
Anyone else trying to find pediatricians and fall in love with the first one?
And anyone else finding it bizarre that you're making decisions for a child that doesn't actually exist outside the womb yet??? I had to fill out forms and instead of putting my name under "patient name" it went under "parent name"!!!
Shit's getting real.