Our pediatrician quizzes my wife on our baby’s development…and you thought the SATs were pressure packed
Our baby just went for his two month check up (he is a little over 7 weeks). Our pediatrician asked my wife some developmental questions. I was not there but here is a very rough take on how it went:
Pediatrician: When your baby is laying on his stomach, does he lift his head on his own up to a 45 degree angle?
Wife: I am not really sure how far that would be…
Pediatrician: Just answer the question.
Wife: (nervous) He can definitely lift his head up.
Pediatrician: Well we will see about that. (She places our baby on his stomach and he just lays there crying).
Wife: I swear he lifts his head at home! (baby continues to lay motionless while screaming).
Pediatrician: He doesn’t seem to be lifting his head.
Wife: He really does…
Pediatrician: Does he smile?
Wife: Yes, but I am not sure if it is on purpose.
Pediatrician: Does he laugh?
Wife: No..is he supposed to be able to?
Pediatrician: not for a few weeks at least
Wife: Then why did you ask?
Pediatrician: Does he seem to recognize you?
Wife: I don’t think he has a clue who I am.
Pediatrician: Hmmm. Does he grab things?
Wife: Only by accident
Pediatrician: Does he make baby sounds like Coo?
Wife: I think he once did but no one has heard him do it since.
Pediatrician: Does he look around a lot?
Wife: His eyes are open so I assume so.
Pediatrician: How are his bowel movements?
Wife: Our boy can definitely poop. I think he may be an advanced for his age pooper.
UPDATE: My wife wanted me to add that this is a completely fictionalized version of what actually happened at the pediatrician. Our boy actually did well except that he would not raise his head and was crying loudly.