Today’s “Ask the Doctor + the Dad” question comes from a parent with big concerns about her little kiddo:
At age 3, is it concerning when a child can’t recognize letters? My son’s preschool teacher mentioned that other kids in the class already know them. I have an older child, but I can’t remember when she started recognizing letters. – Jenn
NOTE: This article was originally published when our third child was two weeks old. Now we’re updating it to let you know what it’s really like to have three kids…as we experience it! Keep reading to view the entire post in order, or click below to skip to your favorite section:
So the Doctor and the Dad recently had another baby. Which, if you’re keeping score at home, means we now have three – count ‘em three – kiddos to cuddle, care for, and contend with.
Before Niña Número Tres came along, we’d heard a lot of stories about what it was like going from having two kids to having three kids. Things like:
You’ll need to switch from playing man-to-man to playing a zone defense,
Even though you’re only adding 50% more kid, it feels about 500 times harder,
They’re totally going to gang up on you, and
Two? Three? What’s the difference? You’re gonna’ be just fine.
So now that we’ve actually taken this triple-offspring plunge ourselves, we decided to record some of our own experiences and observations as they happen, so that you too, can discover what having three kids is really like!
Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question has been a long time coming:
Is it okay for parents to cry in front of their kids? And does it make a difference whether it’s a mom or dad doing the crying? I usually manage to keep my emotions in check, but not this week.
– A Dad From Cleveland
Thanks for the heartfelt question, Dad From Cleveland.
If you’ve been reading our updates about what having three kids is really like, you know that adding that third kiddo seems to have resulted in at least one person in our family being sick all the freaking time.
So I guess you could say we’re kind of experts on the subject. (Yippee.)
That’s why it came as no surprise to us when Catherine Phelan over at rebates.com interviewed us for an article she was writing about how parents can deal with sick kids, being sick themselves or both.
Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question hits close to home. Really, really close to our suddenly-getting-really-crowded home:
“Do vasectomies always work? I mean, I’ve heard that they’re pretty reliable, but it’s not 100% guaranteed you’ll never have a kid again just because you got a vasectomy, right?”
– Somebody Wiser Than Us Apparently
Well, Somebody, that’s a complicated question to answer.
Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question is a real pain in the butt:
My baby’s diaper rash won’t go away! I’ve tried over-the-counter creams like Butt Paste, Desitin and Aquaphor. Our pediatrician prescribed us a couple of different medicines and ointments to use, too. But nothing helps! How can I cure this chronic diaper rash?