This morning was Ava's first appointment with Dr. Halden, her new pediatrician, and I cannot say enough good things! This visit really made me realize how much Dr. Kibler was doing wrong.
First off, I was seen...(drumroll, please!)...immediately! No joke. That was awesome. The nurse was great and of course, her constant flattering of how 'darling' Ava is didn't hurt anything :) Ava is now weighing in at 9lbs, 9oz and is 22 inches long! When the nurse saw that she was 19 inches at birth and 21 a week later, she said that they had probably mismeasured when she was born due to her being all compact from being squished inside so long, and that chances are she was 21 inches when she was born, which I had wondered about. Either way, homegirl is tall! She must be getting that from her dad!
When Dr Halden came in, he was very kind and really took his time examining her. He listened to her heart and lungs and looked at her eyes, ears, throat and nose (none of which Dr. K had ever bothered to do!), and they all checked out perfect. Sadly, he gave her the second Hep B vaccine, which was awful to watch! I think I may have cried as much as she did :(
About the reflux - Dr. Halden simply said that babies spit up. As long as she's a 'happy spitter' and doesn't appear in pain or become colicky, and as long as she's gaining weight, he sees no need to address is with medication. That's much more what I was thinking as well. He said kudos on the breastfeeding and sent me on my way, telling me to return in a month for her big round of shots. I let him know about my vaccine allergy since her DTaP is coming up, and he said while he finds it slightly concerning, that he'll be prepared for any adverse reaction, and that the benefits of the shot far outweigh the miniscule possibility that she might have a reaction, since only 3 or 4 out of the millions of babies vaccinated per year have the reaction I did. Either way, I'll be dragging D along for moral support since I'm so ridiculously nervous about it.
All in all, a successful switch! I'm quite satisfied. We were in and out in 25 minutes with all my questions answered. I also really like that he talked to her through everything. He'd say, "Ok Ava, I'm going to look in those beautiful eyes now. And no, I don't say that to all the ladies." Pretty nice guy!