You know how sometimes you're at Target or the grocery store or wherever and there's a small child having a complete meltdown? I'm proud and relieved to say that in 4 1/2 years that has never happened to us (a little fussyness once in awhile and the obnoxiousness that I've written about, but never a total scene-causing, embarassing meltdown). Until yesterday.
Every fall since the girls were born, I've taken them to their pediatrician for their annual flu shot. Last year and the year before, when they were 3 and 2 respectively, they didn't even cry. This year I decided that all 3 of us could just get one at Target instead of making a special trip to the pedi, since I'd be getting mine there anyway. So yesterday I was going to Target anyway, and they really wanted to come with me (I was of course hoping to go alone). So I let them come, and I mentioned that we should all get our flu shot since we'll be there anyway. But once we were there I decided I really didn't want to deal with it then (it was getting kind of late and I needed to get home to make dinner) but Kayley really wanted to. Yes, that's right. My 4-year-old was asking to please get a flu shot. We had been making a big deal about how brave they were and didn't cry the last two times, etc. Olivia on the other hand really DID NOT want to get one.
So I went ahead and went up to the pharmacy and requested flu shots for all 3 of us. I figured once I went first, then Kayley, and Olivia saw how easy it was for us she'd be fine. Oh boy, was I wrong. When it came to be her turn, she started SHRIEKING at the top of her lungs. I was mortified. I kept trying to calm her down and reason with her, even bribe her with a treat, but nothing worked. We ended up leaving without the shot and were supposed to go back today but I just know the same thing will happen. Besides, we were going to go on the way home from church but I ended up not going to church because my eye is all red and irritated and looks yucky.
Now I'm not sure what we're going to do about her shot. I'm thinking that our insurance will already have a claim for the one at target and not cover another one if we were to take her to the pedi. I guess I'll have to take her back to Target, try again (maybe with Paul so we can both hold her down and/or just tell them to hurry and do it, instead of waiting for her to calm down like they were doing yesterday) and if that doesn't work hopefully they can not run it through our insurance or somehow take it back if they already have. Sigh. From now on, I will continue to just take her to the pedi for flu shots.