Sitting in John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital waiting for a diagnosis for my youngest son, I am struck by how scary parenthood can be. It is terrifying when a little one is sick and even worse when you don’t know how or if you can prevent the illness.
As Valentine’s Day comes around, I want to send a love letter to my pediatrician, both here in Bradenton and our former home Baltimore (shout out to Dr. Betty), because they have been a doctor for my husband and me almost as much as they have for our boys. This letter also goes out to the staff at the pediatrician’s office, the nurses, and the nurse practitioners. You keep us all healthy and just a little bit saner.
After a stint in the hospital, Dr. Lopez made our Valentine’s Day with a clean bill of health.
Trading Cupid’s Bows for tongue depressors, I lovingly send this Valentine to you, pediatricians of the world.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love you for encouraging me to breastfeed but not shaming me if it didn’t work.
I love your for giving me tips for clipping those impossibly small and scary baby nails. If not for you, my sons both might still be wearing socks for gloves.
I love you for comforting me when I showed up in a puddle of sleep deprivation and giving me tips for us all to become more rested.
I love you for finding specialists when we needed them.
I love you for squeezing us in when I call on a Friday, making our weekend a little more bearable.
I love you for being gentle when you look in my son’s ears.
I love you for knowing what the milestones are and reassuring me when he is hitting them and giving tools when he isn’t.
I love you for knowing when a rash is just a rash and when it is something serious.
I love you for telling me not to dillydally on the way to the hospital and I love you for calling ahead so our emergency room wait was a little shorter.
I love you for making my son want to be a doctor.
Most of all, I love you for being on this parenthood journey with me for the ups and the downs.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and Happy Valentine’s Day!