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How are kids doing with removing tonsils/adenoids these days? I have a four year old with sleep apnea, and we’ve got a consult with the ENT this afternoon. Based on what we’ve heard from other doctors, I won’t be surprised if it’s next week. I had mine done when I was 10 and I don’t remember much about recovery, but that’s also been 30 years ago. Stock up on smoothies and ice cream?
Adenoids are much less invasive than tonsils. My 2YO son recently had ear tubs + adenoidectomy and it was 0 down time/pain/recovery. I also know tonsil removal in kids is much less painful/shorter recovery time than in adults (I had mine out as an adult and it was 2+ weeks recovery and very painful).
my son had them both out at the same time at age 3. Our biggest issue was having him take the necessary antibiotics to avoid infection as he is VERY averse to medicine. It was a total battle twice a day for whatever the recovery was. His voice sounded so sad the day after the procedure but he recovered quickly. I would say within a day or two. Yes to ice cream. but he was mostly plain pasta. We do a lot of home made smoothies regularly but we didn’t do them after the surgery because I was nervous about the how the juice from fruit would be on his injured area. He slept MUCH better (and quieter) after the surgery and his speech improved immediately. He was hard to understand prior to the surgery. His tonsils were so big he never fully swallowed anything including his spit.
Yay for daycare informing us today that class valentine’s have to be sent in tomorrow, not February 14. Fortunately we had them done already but gahhh. Working parents really need more than one day notice about this stuff.
Aack! I don’t think our kid’s school does them, at least they haven’t said anything, but they just cancelled the open morning with 18 hours notice, so who knows what is going on there.
My youngest’s daycare sent a note home last week that they do not have a Valentine’s day celebration and I was so ecstatic and relieved. Of course I still have two older kids to procure valentines for, but I think we are going to make things easy and just buy candy and slap a sticker on it and call it done.
The class “Friendship Party” is tomorrow, so it’s not *completely* random, but still. It did not occur to me that the paper valentines were part of that. I thought they still got sent in on the 14th, which is what we did last year in the same room.
Woke up grumpy after a very annoying night (housemate was being noisy all night) to messages from my husband and son this AM saying “we love you, we miss you, also scientists are growing hairy mammoths…” The news you need! Better than POLITICO playbook, I guess.
I just found out I’m pregnant and have two questions. First, how do I find a OB? What factors should I consider? I recently moved to DC, so don’t have any friends who have recently given birth to ask. Second, how soon do I need to get on daycare lists? It seems crazy to get on lists when I’m only 5 weeks, but I always hear that getting in to daycare is to hard. Thanks!
Get on daycare lists ASAP.
Do you have a gyn? I know some people keep them separate, but I just used my gyn as my OB because I knew her and liked her. She didn’t deliver my baby though, which is pretty common.
Congrats! One factor to consider is which hospitals the OB group delivers at, another factor is where the office is, since you’ll be going to a ton of appointments throughout the pregnancy. I used Capital Women’s Care in DC — they deliver at Sibley, and I had a great experience there. I have a friend who used the midwives program at GW, so look into that if that interests you.
On daycares, I’m not sure what it’s like now, but I’d start making a list of places you’re interested in and calling around fairly soon. Pro tip, if you or your partner is a Fed, some places will provide discounts.
I also delivered at Sibley in the past year and had a great experience – my OB was Reiter Hill and Johnson, which was fine for my textbook pregnancy, but a bit impersonal. I knew I wanted to delivery at Sibley, even though it was definitely not the hospital closest to me – but it was the one I felt most comfortable with, and doesn’t have a religious affiliation which was important to me. I looked at the list of practices that deliver there, called my insurance to confirm which ones were in network, and then reached out to the ones with locations closest to my house – important if you’re going to be going every week at the end! I ended up going with the practice that had the soonest appointment available.
For daycare in the DC area, we reached out at 10 weeks, got on waiting lists around 12 weeks, and felt lucky that there was an opening for our preferred center when our son started at five months. A couple of the places we contacted this time last year (Feb) didn’t have availability until this June – about 18 months! These were all centers, though, and I agree that in home daycares are likely to have less future visibility.
I’d start backwards: where do you want to give birth? then you can figure out which practices are affiliated with that hospital. i moved to a new city while pregnant, and that simplified things for me a lot, because it’s the type of city where everyone will tell you to give birth at this one hospital.
a good practice will have you rotate through all the MDs who might be working when you deliver. you’re really picking a practice, not a single MD. all the same, you want your dedicated MD to be someone where you feel comfortable asking seemingly stupid questions. you do NOT want someone who will dismiss your concerns, when you have them.
also you’d be surprised–someone in your network will know someone who’s given brith recently. just text around. i got a lot of telephone-style recs, but they were still super helpful.
don’t freak out about the daycare stuff yet. just start to do some tours once you’re in your second trimester.
Don’t wait on daycare says
This daycare advice would not work on my area! I waited until 13 weeks with my first and nearly everything had a waiting list of over a year for an infant spot. Unless you have a ton of maternity leave (like 6 months +), you do need to start finding out how this is in your area soon so you can get on waitlists if needed. (And yes, that is completely insane)
Yeah I waited until I was 14 weeks to get on the waitlists at my university employer because I felt like I couldn’t do it until I announced my pregnancy at work (kind of silly in hindsight because the university has 10,000 employees and my boss doesn’t know the people that manage the daycare lists, but I was paranoid) and we didn’t get off the waitlist until my child was 16 months old! I know not everywhere is that crazy but yeah…I’d do it ASAP. Just put your name down some places. You can do tours and narrow down the lists when you’re much further along.
Depending on where you live, second tri may be too late. I would start calling around as soon as 8 weeks.
Unfortunately, everyone I know is from work and I’m not ready to disclose yet. So I really don’t think I have anyone to ask
Can you ask in a neighborhood facebook/Nextdoor group? Or just Google? Or ask for recs here or the DC moms page? I’d just put your name on a bunch of lists, you can narrow it down later with personal recommendations.
In that case, starting looking around and just call a few places to find out what their waitlist is like. (I was in the same boat and it’s so hard figuring this stuff out when you don’t have a network outside of work!)
I missed that you are in DC, so hopefully some here can provide more location-specific advice!
You could join a DC moms group on Facebook now and ask for a doctor recommendation there. I see lots of those questions in the NYC area moms group I am in.
A few OB considerations — does the practice have a nurse call line? This saved me several times from having to make a new appointment or stress over what google says about a random symptom. Some practices have rotating on-call groups with other practices, so you may deliver with a dr not even at your practice — and if you end up staying more than one day after delivery, you could see multiple doctors during your stay. I was ok with that, others may not be. Does the practice have multiple Drs? FWIW, there was one doctor in my practice I saw once and decided not see again, so I liked the flexibility of a medium-sized practice. If it is important to you, what’s their stance on doulas attending the birth? Does the practice have NPs, PAs, and/or midwives? You may find you prefer one of those options for most appointments. Depending on your work schedule, you may want a place that can usually get you in at 8am before you have to be at work. Good luck!
I would encourage you to listen to the Birth Hour podcast – you’ll hear about women who chose a lot of different models of care. I’ve chosen OB care personally, but hearing about midwives, home births, the vast differences in hospital birth experiences, etc., can be really eye-opening and might give you some additional criteria to consider in making your choice.
If you post exactly where you’re looking in DC (what neighborhood? Arlington? Downtown? Southwest DC?) for daycare, people could probably suggest a few. I personally would vote for finding a daycare near home, not work. We didn’t have any near home so ended up with one near my work, which meant I was the default parent for drop off and pickup, which was not ideal. And yes, get on lists ASAP.
I’m in waterfront, near the wharf. I think all the daycares in the immediate area are fed daycares, and from what I see online it looks like I will likely not get in because I don’t work at those agencies (although I am a federal employee). I would love to find an OB in capital hill or chinatown areas, close to my work, but they seem to mostly be over by GW
Don’t count it out at the federal places. Many of the federal agencies also give preference to other federal employees, and with how work-from-home shifted employment locations in the past few years, I know lots of federal daycares that have been taking a lot more kids that aren’t associated with the agency these days.
That’s where I live! And it was a daycare desert but is not anymore. I have several friends that use Goddard (two locations near the Wharf). There is also a daycare called Phase that is just down M street our neighbors use. Do try to get into the federal daycares, they are great. For an OB, yea there is nothing super convenient, I just used GW at Foggy Bottom which is also where I gave birth. Public transportation options aren’t ideal (no direct bus, and a metro transfer), but it’s a super quick commute by car. It’s such a fun place to have a kid, there is so much to do around here.
i am not familiar with any obgyn on Capitol Hill. reiter hill Johnson has an office on k street close to Farragut that might work for you. one of my friends goes there and liked them through 3 pregnancies. they deliver at Sibley. Your DC hospital options are Sibley, GW and Medstar. They are all perfectly fine.
Congrats! Daycare first (seriously) then OB. Pay the small fee to get on their waitlists, then stay in touch with them. Get on multiple waitlists.
Agree with advice about where you want to deliver then see who delivers there. Figure out if you’re comfortable with a practice where you see ~5-8 docs and one will deliver you vs. a small practice where you know who will be delivering. Most in my area are the former and you rotate through seeing each doc at least once.
Join a local moms FB group and lurk, you’ll see people ask this Q and can find a place to start with your search.
In a small practice you may end up with an on-call doctor you’ve never seen before delivering your baby.
Definitely true. I used a small practice and loved the two doctors, but for on call, they switched out with two more doctors from another small practice. In the end, I really liked the doctor who delivered, but I had never met them before. But at that point, I didn’t really care. For me, the nurses mattered far more and I got lucky with a great nurse for all but the first hour of my labor. She explained things in the level of detail I wanted, and advocated for me with the doctors. In particular, she pushed for me to get the epidural before my water was broken, instead of after like the on-call doctor wanted to do.
DC Urban Moms (search for it online), while they can be annoying and judgy about a lot of things, will have info about specific daycares and OB practices near you.
Congratulations! I had my first kid in the DC Area.
Capital Woman’s Care – I loved Dr. Bajaj if she’s still there OR Kaiser. The latter you can’t really go wrong.
And we got on waitlists in our 2nd trimester in NoVA and got a spot for DS #1 at 3-4 months.
While you can certainly start investigating and getting on waitlists for larger daycare centers, the smaller in-home daycares (which was what we used for my kids when they were infants) don’t usually have space this far in advance, nor do most of them keep a waitlist. I’ve found with the in-home daycares, they often have immediate openings or openings 4-8 weeks out. Of course each provider is different so by all means call around and ask their policy.
Also- most OBs where I am also provide gyn care, so if you are comfortable with asking friends/colleagues, saying you’re due for your well woman check up, you won’t have to specifically disclose that you’re pregnant.
I chose my (DC suburb) OB/GYN based on 1) insurance, and 2) proximity to my house, 3) my neighbor went there. Luckily I’ve been pretty happy with them.
I found out I was pregnant with my first a week after we moved to a new city and I literally knew no one in the area to ask for recommendations. I ended up finding my OB on Yelp, of all places. I picked the one with the best reviews who also took my insurance and she was amazing. One of my all-time favorite doctors. I had two great hospitals near me and did not feel strongly about which I delivered at, so that simplified things as well.
I’m in DC. Check to see if your employer or partner’s employer has preference with a daycare. My husband’s employer basically guaranteed a spot at the Bright Horizons near his office if you got on the list in your first trimester, so that’s what we did. It was pre-pandemic so ymmv. But I would start getting on lists now.
On the OB, everyone is right figure out where you want to deliver. Since you are in DC proper the closest options are Washington Hospital Center, GW, Georgetown (a Medstar hospital), and Sibley (affiliated with Johns Hopkins). WHC and GW have/had midwifery practices (not sure if GW is still taking new patients). I delivered at Georgetown and Sibley and both were good. Most of the private practices deliver at Sibley. Sibley does not have the highest level NICU so if you end up needing to be delivered before 32 weeks you might need to transfer care to one of the other options.
The big private practices are Reiter Hill, CWC, Bloom, and Foxhall. They are all a bit impersonal but perfectly fine. People complain about their front desk staff but I think its a lot better than dealing with Georgetown or GW (which by all my friends accounts has had serious growing pains with new admin and systems over the last 18 months, though the care is top notch) All the offices are in the downtown K street corridor or out toward the NW suburbs. Sadly there is nothing on the Hill or in Chinatown as far as I know.
Most big practices will see you for a blood test to confirm pregnancy now and then for an ultrasound somewhere in the 8-12 week range to date the pregnancy and depending on your medical history.