On Friday C and I went to the health centre so he could have his 27 month check. I had a call about it a month ago and as they only open Mon - Fri, 9-5 I took the day off work. What is it about calls from the NHS that makes you feel like a bad mother? There's no reason for it but as soon as she said it was the health visitor calling, I felt guilty.
We'd been sent a questionnaire, 4 A4 pages of questions about what he can do, sometimes does or not doing yet. I was able to tick 'can do' for pretty much all of them with a few 'sometimes'. The thing is he's learning so fast at the moment that I ticked 'sometimes' for jumping with both feet off the ground and he's suddenly doing it all the time.
The questions varied for all the different development areas, from pretending to give dolly a bottle to threading beads on a string and speaking 4 word sentences. There was an area at the back to highlight any concerns and I wrote about him being a fussy eater and shorter then his peers.
The HV said everything was fine, here's what I took away:
- Start giving him a toddler vitamin called Abidec, this is a lemon flavoured syrup. I was worried about him not eating meat and she said to give this to help peace of mind, if he is getting enough vitamins, the additional ones will pass straight through and if he's not then this will make sure he is. I got some at the supermarket and the first spoon he swallowed, then burst into tears. The next day I hid it in his milk and all was fine.
- Get him weighed and measured more. I pointed out I work full time and she said to try and just pop into one in the Christmas hol or the Grandparents could take him if they see him in the week - they don't but the hol idea is a good one.
- Potty training when he's ready. Not to use pull up nappies, just cotton pants so he can tell when he's wet. Can call to get more advice if needed.
So that was it, I'm glad I took him as it did give peace of mind but I wish they had a weekend option as I'm sure there's some mamas who can't get the time off.