Being fairly new to the area that I live, and not having any new "mom" friends around me, I was completely starting from square one with the search for a pediatrician. I have one friend with nieces who lives near us, so I asked her sisters for a recommendation. My mother-in-law also asked around our neighborhood and what did I get? Conflicting recommendations. Of course.
Friend's Sister: "We go to Place A they are THE BEST, but just to warn you, I WOULDN'T go to Place B, I've heard terrible things about them!"
Neighbor: "OH! We go to Place B, and I can't recommend them enough! We LOVE Place B, they're fabulous!"
Hmmmm.... so is Place B fabulous or terrible? I made consultation appointments at both places to get a feel for them ourselves. We liked them both for different reasons, and had apprehensions about both for also, different reasons.
So I called a different pediatrician with a perfect location near our house, and right next door to Chris's office. I asked to set up a consultation and their response to me?
"We come highly recommended....we don't "do" consultations for new parents."
Well gee, how helpful and considerate of you. If the middle finger could be given through the phone, I would have done it in this instance. I actually know someone who's pregnant right now that had the same exact experience when she called them. We both were so turned off by their response they were immediately crossed off the list, which was a shame because they would have been perfect for us.
So Chris and I consulted with a 3rd place that was recommended by my OB, and in the end, that's who we went with. He had good credentials, seemed very nice when we met him in person, and was only a 5 minute drive from our house and also from Chris's office...which to me, was HUGE, especially in the first year when we will be there so often.
Our only complaint was that we didn't "love" the look of the office - it's very small and could use a little bit of a makeover, but at the end of the day we are there for the doctor, not the paint color. We like him, and if for some reason we feel compelled to change at some point, it's easy enough to switch over to a new doctor. People do it all the time.
Natalie got her first shots on Friday at her 6 week check-up. It was horrible and she cried her first set of actual tears while she was there. I know this is the first of many very difficult doctor appointments not only for her, but for us as well!
|Calm before the storm, before her appointment|
|Leaving the appointment, after her shots|