The first thing we learned after getting into the room was that they have progressed to the big scale in the hallway. The "hallway" is a very narrow one, lined both with patient rooms and the doctor's offices, as well as desktops mounted on the walls for nurses... and again, it's NARROW... oh and busy... and around the corner and two halls down. Again, feel it coming?
Let me detail the journey to the scale for you:
Nurse: They get to go to the scale in the hall now.
Me: Are you kidding?
Nurse: What do you need help with?
Me: (just starring at her)
Me: (coming out of it) Okay boys, let's go.
(Collin starts crying. I pick him up, take Oliver's hand and we walk to the scale.)
Nurse to Collin: Okay let's get you on there.
Collin: (whining and refusing to get on... purposely falling off as soon as he is put on it)
Me: (on my knees next to Collin) Come on Collin, it's only for a second.
Me: (in mid-beg to Collin to get on the scale, I glance to where Oliver WAS in this very busy narrow hall... seeing Oliver heading into a doctor's office)
Nurse: (Just standing there)
Me: Oliver, get back here please! (run to get Oliver, tripping over a perturbed doctor in the process, Collin following and whining.
Nurse: Let's try that one, who is he again?
(Oliver gets on scale and then goes to wall to be measured. Thank you Oliver!)
Nurse: Okay Collin, your turn.
Collin: (Whining loudly... sounding something like "no freaking way lady!")
Me: Okay Collin, how about I get your binky. If you have your binky will you stand on the scale?
Collin: (face lights up and hands shake in excitement)
Me: (to Nurse) Can you watch Oliver for a second while I go get the binky from the room?
(Collin and I go back two halls over to get binky. When I turn around, while still in our room, to go back - both Oliver and Nurse are standing there. WTH?!)
Me: Okay boys, let's go back.
(Collin starts crying again wanting held, I pick him up. Oliver starts running, out the door and down another hall the opposite direction of the scale. I run after him dodging the nurses at the nurse desks lining the walls and the doctors in this narrow hallway - did I mention it was a VERY narrow and VERY busy hallway? Finally catch up to Oliver - thinking to myself 'why is no one helping me? Clearly he is an escapee. Where is the fricking nurse that said she would help?' - and finally get back to the scale.)
Nurse: Collin can you get up on the scale?
Collin: (Whine and cry)
Me: (down on my knees again, at his level) Collin we had an agreement. I gave you the binky and in exchange you agreed to get on the scale.
Collin: (reluctantly gets on the scale)
Me: (amazed that even worked! Basking in the glory for one second... then... wait... where the heck is Oliver?!)
Nurse: (Just standing there.)
Me: Oliver?! (find Oliver rounding another hallway and bring him back, along with Collin who of course followed on my heels still whining.)
Nurse: Collin can you come be measured please?
Collin: (looking at me like 'do I have to?')
Me: (giving him the 'do it or the binky dies!' look.... all while restraining the Olympic sprinter - Oliver - who is trying hard to break free.)
Collin: (reluctantly goes to be measured while whining.)
Nurse: All done. Now that wasn't so bad was it?
Me: (thinking 'if I didn't know that you come back and give my babies shots after their appointment, I may have just slapped you! Oh, and thanks for all the help honey.')
When we got back to the room I was sweating.
However, it did get easier. The doctor was in shortly, so we didn't have to wait too long with napless whiny boys who didn't want to be in the cramped room with a sweaty mommy... especially since they knew of the fun halls that were outside the door.
The appointment went well. We decided to get hearing tests for both of them just to rule out any hearing issues in relation to the other issues they are both having. For Oliver the non responding and for Collin the not saying all sounds and tones.
Their stats were:
Collin: 29 lbs (70%) 35 1/2 inches (80%)
Oliver: 26 lbs (30%) 34 inches (35%)
Oh, right, and I think they clocked Oliver's running at a 7 second 100 meter sprint. Not bad...