Tuesdays With Ale: Hotdogs and Doctors


Two important events happened on Tuesday.

1- We were playing in the park when 12:30pm struck and Ale turned to me and said “Hotdog mama”. I looked down at him in amazement. He was asking for food. He never asks for food. He has no interest in food 99% of the time. Then he said that he wanted to eat a hotdog with his friend that he had been playing with, Maria. Well ok! My baby is a real New Yorker. Eating hot dogs in the park is classic. I ran to the hotdog stand, prayed that the seller had washed his hands sometime that morning and ordered two plain hot dogs. I returned to Ale and Maria and was met with squeals of joy. Nothing beats eating a hotdog on a park bench on a nice sunny day. They wolfed down their hotdogs in a New York minute.

2- After nap time we headed over to our pediatrician’s office for Ale’s 2.5 year old checkup. My husband and I were anxious to get him weighed and measured. We were convinced that Ale had not grown enough since he does not eat enough. We check in and wait in the waiting area. There Ale busied himself with the toy cars. He even made me some chicken that he baked with a firetruck in the wooden oven. Ale was having fun. Then the medical assistant called out, “Ale”. He froze, looked at me and started to scream. “Mama I scared!” he said and clung to my leg. We arrive to the exam room. Sniff, sniff….. Oh, boy. Ale pooped. Fantastic. I then took him to the bathroom that is the size of a matchbox where he continued to scream while I struggled to changed him. Back in the exam room Ale continued to scream bloody murder. Enticing him with a lolly pop we got him to stand still for half a second to take his height and weight. He continued to scream as the doctor asked me milestone questions. She tried to get him to say something. I wanted to gush about all the amazing things that Ale says and does. Things that are for sure way beyond his years. But no, nothing. Just screams. As the doctor told me that she was happy
with his growth- he gained more weight than ever and he continues to be a tall lean toddler, he continued to scream. Thank goodness there were no vaccines due this visit! At the end of the visit I told Ale that were were now going to the park. He finally stopped screaming, looked at the sweet, and thankfully, patient doctor and said “Yea! Park! Bye! Bye!”. Oh my little toddler.

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12 thoughts on “Tuesdays With Ale: Hotdogs and Doctors

  1. Yay for eating (I totally understand the excitement!!) but sorry the appointment was so rough. Samuel currently loves going to the doctor, and even talking to her, but only when HE isn’t the patient! lol

      • Seriously! All smiles when big bro or sis goes in, chatting away with the doctor… 🙄

        But, you know, playing doctor (I think) DID contribute to his liking to go now. He checks us all out frequently. 😉

  2. I’m from New York, and I totally agree that few things compare to sitting on a park bench with a hot dog (except maybe sitting at Yankee Stadium with a hot dog)! Glad your little one made it through his doctor’s visit and all is good. I just took my kids for their check-ups, and we spent an eternity in the waiting room, which inspired me to write a blog post on how fun pediatrician waiting rooms are (NOT): http://mommyatozblog.com/2014/05/07/w-is-for-waiting-rooms/. Looking forward to reading more!

  3. Oh my goodness! What a day! I know it may have been rough for you but it made me laugh. 🙂 Toddlers teach us how to be flexible more than we could ever have imagined.
    I found you on Valeries blog and loved this post! I look forward to reading more!

    • Hello! Thanks for stopping by! So true, toddlers teach us to be flexible. I was so nervous but I love it. My little guy keeps me on my toes. So happy you liked the post!

  4. Why are they never interesting in food?! My 3 year old hardly asks for food too so when she asks, I take advantage of it and feed her as much as she wants to! And yes to hotdogs at the park. Not a New Yorker here but there is something about hotdogs from stands!

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