Monday, March 24, 2008

Diaper Bag Dilemma

I am having major diaper bag issues. I had to take my four-year-old to the doctor today. I put on a baseball hat and got them in the van by 8:30a.m. Please understand this is a small miracle. My son is the one who is 15 minutes late to preschool every day and it doesn't start until 9:00a.m. So, I get to the doctor's office, get a spot right in front and get the kids out. I am thinking, "This is going to be a good visit."

My youngest just turned one and is still wobbly on his feet. So, I am debating on whether to take the stroller and the bulky diaper bag into the office. I decide not to. I just got a new summer purse and it's big enough to fit a sippy cup and some snacks in it. So I throw the baby on my hip and grab the four-year-old's hand. As I am filling out the paper work, the boys are crawling and wrestling on the floor. I figure oh well, at least they're not crying. I am not sure the gentleman sitting across from me shared my sentiment.

We get called back. My eldest son and I slowly walk down the hall holding the baby's hands as he takes steps in between us. We finally get to the end of the maze and what do we find? Another waiting room. Yes, there are two waiting rooms. Why? I am not sure, but it was the start of disaster. Then what? Oh, the baby poops. Great! So I am standing in the middle of the building at this point with my sippy cup and snacks thinking these will not make his rear end smell better.

So we put all the winter coats back on and trot through the building, outside to the van and change the diaper. Then, we go back in and see the doctor. I am trying to talk to him as the kids are crawling around the patient chair chasing each other, when I look up to read a big red note: Please do not let children play with equipment. Luckily, the doctor smirks and I don't feel as bad as I probably should. That is, until one of the kids breaks the handle on the cabinet door!That was it. I just started laughing. The poor doctor probably thinks I'm crazy.

What are you supposed to carry to hold these baby things? I am wondering if I should dig out my old backpack diaper bag. If I didn't have the winter coats that would probably work. I can't stand to carry anything on my shoulder. It always falls off and I get to so frustrated. What kind of a diaper bag do you use?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

6 comments:

Diane Vespa said...

Ugh. I sympathize. I hate waiting at the Doctors office with the kids. They undoubtedly end up with tummy aches so now I bring lots of hand sanitizer and scream like a crazy woman when they put their hands towards their mouth. I don't even use the practice-provided books anymore but bring my own. Even worse is when we go for flu shots. I never tell them in advance and usually leave with 2 crying angry kids. Oh well, it does get better with time...

Ms. PH said...

I agree - taking both my 2 1/2 year old and my 15 month old to the doctor at the same time is a nightmare.

But here's a tip - most kids' doctor's offices have diapers and wipes available if you ask for them. At least that will save you an extra trip to the car!

Maria said...

I have a variety of bags for a variety of situations. Usually, I throw a diaper wallet (First Years) in my large purse with a sippy and snack. Unless we are going for a long outing, that works wonderfully!

Rixblix said...

From the time the my boys were born, they've gone to Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center visit twice a year. This ordeal involves about a 4 hour doctor visit that includes seeing several specialists, x-rays and lab work. When it comes to doctor visits, we're pros. I packed a small bag for each boy to carry himself. I always kept a stash of unopened happy meal toys or trinkets for them to discover. And, like Ms. PH says, we took advantage of the diapers and wipes the doctor always has on hand! Now that they are older, we take their Nintendo DS's and MP3 players with them for those excruciatingly long clinic trips.

newsanchormom.com said...

I was actually at an ENT office that treats adults and kids. I could have asked about diapers, but there was no window or receptionist in the second waiting room. I could see people at their desks over some plexi glass and they wouldn't even look at me. I guess they are not supposed to help patients? It was not good. I think I will have to try bringing some wipes and a diaper in too!

Anonymous said...

Having raised ten I am an old hand at this. Always come prepared with more than you need. As mentioned earlier let those that can carry a backpack. Also I had made harnesses for each of the kids that went over the shoulders and around the chest and had a ring that I clipped a dog leash onto and that kept them with in reach. The rest is just pure patience and if the doctor can't handle it find another doctor.

 
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