Five Weeks to Go! – by Lisa Kelly
I just got home from my bi-weekly doctor appointment where my doctor burst through the exam room door and shouted “Five weeks to go!!” I told her I was crabby, bloated, hot, tired, in pain from the alien kicking me and before I could finish she said “…and feeling like you are going to be pregnant forever? Welcome to FIVE WEEKS TO GO!!”
It seems like forever until I think of what I have left to do. Turn in the pre-admission forms for the hospital, confirm my leave of absence from school, fill out the short term disability paperwork, find a pediatrician and a babysitter, and the list goes on. I have only five weeks to do this! Still, five weeks seems like a lifetime away. I look at my friend’s daughter who is now 7 months old and wonder where all that time went and still, five weeks is so far. I will likely write here four more times as a pregnant mom. By the 5th week, I should be brain dead from attending to a newborn. It’s all so crazy to think about and I believe that’s why it seems so far away. Ignorance is bliss!
Speaking of pediatricians, I never had one with my son. I grew up in a very small town and the doctor was everyone’s doctor. He saw me through my pregnancy, delivered my child and is still my 19 year old son’s doctor. Choosing a doctor who specializes in children is a foreign concept to me. What is the criteria for picking the best one? I think this is the most overwhelming decision to be made in the next five weeks so I’d appreciate any suggestions.