With only a few weeks left to go before the baby arrives, Chris and I are starting to think past "just the pregnancy." The focus is shifting slightly from "How do we manage this pregnancy" to "Okay - she's here. … now what??"
A few months ago, we started to make some changes for the baby's sake. We opened a savings account for our daughter. We spent that one crazy day at Babies R Us registering for things BSparl might need when she arrives on the scene. We spoke with our insurance company and talked about the process of adding BSparl to our plan. And now - we're starting the pediatrician process.
As in, who is going to answer the questions about our baby's health? Who will work with us to help keep BSparl safe? Admittedly, I wasn't always the healthiest kid, my issues having nothing to do with diabetes. Like there was that time I ended up with a splinter in my eye from a neighborhood "sword fight" using tree branches. Or the time I was watching a movie when I was about 3 years old and stuck bread in my ear, just to see if it fit. (It happened to fit quite nicely, thanks.) Or … um, the time I was also watching a movie and decided to see if I could fit a raisin up my nose. (The raisin also fit. And it had to be extracted by a doctor at the emergency room. And apparently I liked to put food in all the available spots in my head.)
Knowing what kind of bizarre things happened to me as a kid, I am already braced for when BSparl toddles over to me and tells me she fit four Cheerios up her nose. So, like I said, Chris and I are starting to think about our pediatrician options.
I'm not looking for specific recommendations for doctors, but more the questions that you ask your child's doctor. Do you interview a pediatrician like you'd interview a babysitter? My OB/GYN suggested that Chris and I actually go meet a potential pediatrician and ask them a few questions, see how we feel about having this person as part of our child's life. You know, get a feel for what it will be like to engage with this person. So what kinds of questions should I be asking a potential pediatrician? The ones that jump to mind don't seem right to me:
"Do you like children?" (I'd hope so.)
"What made you want to be a pediatrician?"
"We have some chronic illnesses in our family. What's your familiarity with diabetes, etc?"
"Do you like cats?" (Not relevant.)
"Do you take our insurance?"
"How long will we need to call in advance of making an appointment?"
"How many fingers am I holding up?" (Three.)
While I'm not worrying about whether or not my child will end up with type 1 diabetes, I do realize that there is a slightly increased risk. And I want to have a doctor who is able to work with Chris and I through our decisions to pursue TrialNet, and other research studies, as we keep close tabs on BSparl's health. So it's time to start putting together our questions and subjecting some poor soul to our curiosities.
Any suggestions on how to find a pediatrician? And do you know how many fingers I'm holding up?