Parenting: Learn As You Go


This post is sponsored by Pediatric Associates as part of a Mama’Bassador campaign through Bloggin’ Mamas. Although I received compensation to share this information, all thoughts are my own. 

Seeing the results on pregnancy test read the words “Pregnant” was a terrifying experience for me. If you’ve read our About section, then you’ll know motherhood came as a surprise to me at a time when I didn’t think I was ready to start a family. 

When our firstborn was six months old, we moved to a different state and had to depend on ourselves to raise our little one. The online mommy community was a huge help. I read several reviews on the doctors in our area.

It wasn’t easy to choose which one would be best for our little guy.

After a couple months at a local doctor who said they accepted our insurance, we learned that we were being billed for out-of-network visits. Although I could’ve called up the doctor’s office to dispute the case, and possibly spend hours on the phone trying to solve the issue with the insurance company, I knew it was going to be easier to go elsewhere.

After all, I never really liked the front desk manager. I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I don’t get a good vibe about a person (or place), there’s a reason why. 

Stick To The Familiar
Becoming a parent means you learn a lot from experience, but there are a number of lessons you can avoid by hearing someone out who has either already been through it or knows the key ways to prevent the worst from happening. I found out about Pediatric Associates before going to our first pediatrician, but at the time, our insurance wasn’t accepted at any of their locations.

However, after switching insurances, I gave Pediatric Associates a call and made an appointment.

Walking into the Hiatus location was quite welcoming. The colors — yellow, orange and blue — were inviting. It even made our son feel more comfortable knowing the place had a friendly staff. As I continued to visit this location, I noticed it reminded me of our old doctor’s office in North Jersey. It, too, was a network of children’s doctors.

More Than Just Care
The more I spent time with the doctors at Pediatric Associates, the more I noticed they understood the issues we faced with raising our children. From caring for your child to preventing future headaches, Pediatric Associates offers parents a hand to guide them through the adventures of being a parent.

There are a number of free classes for parents to try, including:
– New Parent;
– CPR and First Aid;
– Benefits of Infant Massage; and
– Breastfeeding.

Today, we continue to visit Pediatric Associates in Chapel Trail because we love Dr. Kalomiris. She cared for our youngest while we were at the hospital and have been with her since.

Aside from the free classes available at Pediatric Associates, there are other reasons why we chose to entrust our little ones in their care. Pediatric Associates is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days throughout the year. There’s even an answering service for after hours and the staff are knowledgeable and can assist you with any questions or concerns.

If you’d like to book an appointment at one of the 30+ offices across South Florida, Tampa and Jacksonville, then I suggest heading over to Pediatric Associates website. Feel free to register for an upcoming class while you’re there.

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29 Comments

  1. robin masshole mommy

    March 6, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    A good pediatrician is definitely not easy to come by! This sounds like a great place for kids!

    1. Fatima Torres

      March 7, 2017 at 9:32 AM

      I thought the same when we first moved to South Florida. It wasn’t easy, but we’re in good hands now.

  2. momknowsbest15

    March 6, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Sounds like you found a good doctor for you child. I like my doctor too as we have been seeing here for over 18 years.

  3. Sarah Bailey

    March 6, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Good to know that there is something like Pediatric Associates who could help mothers and inform a lot of things about parenting and how to take good care of our babies. Proper breastfeeding and infant massage will be a good help for the new parent, especially the CPR and First aids in case of emergencies.

    1. Fatima Torres

      March 7, 2017 at 8:56 AM

      I thought the same. They offer so many resources to new parents. Their classes definitely come in handy when you don’t have family or friends around who’ve been through it.

  4. Elizabeth O.

    March 6, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    It’s never easy to find your groove when your baby first arrives. There are so many new things to learn and some will surprise you as well. It’s really a learning process even after your child has grown up.

  5. Carol Cassara

    March 6, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    It’s definitely important to find a doctor that will put your mind at ease. It’s nice to have someone that you know you can trust especially when it comes to your child’s well being.

  6. Amber

    March 6, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    How wonderful. This company sounds so helpful. I like how they are always available.

  7. Dawn McAlexander

    March 6, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    It is so difficult to find a good doctor these days. This sounds like a great practice. I am glad you have found someone you are happy with.

  8. Lisa Rios

    March 6, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Parenting is a process. I commend you for learning this lesson early. It truly is a journey.

  9. Shirley

    March 7, 2017 at 1:55 AM

    I am totally agreed with you and i know how important is to find a suitable doctor for your child. I am glad that you fine one for your child.

  10. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    March 7, 2017 at 6:04 AM

    Good to know that they’re available 24/7. Here in the Philippines, most clinics are closed on Sundays.

  11. Donna Ashworth

    March 7, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Finding the right support in all aspects is so important and it sounds like you have a great resource there x

  12. chei

    March 7, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Glad to know you found a good doctor for your kid. This is a very important to us parent. 🙂

  13. Marissa Zurfluh

    March 7, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    I remember we switched Doctors like 3 times before we fell in love with our Pediatrician. Parenting is for sure a learn as you go… I have 4 kids and I am still learning.

  14. RonRon

    March 7, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Sounds like pretty amazing. Great help for new moms too!

  15. Tonia Jones

    March 7, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    It is very important to feel comfortable with the people providing pediatric care for your kids. Bedside manner is very important in forming trust. Sounds like you’ve found a great place for your kids to get their medical care.

  16. annalisanuttall

    March 7, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Parenting is a learning curve everyone need to learn through nature instinct. This sound sound pretty amazing. xx

  17. Michelle Waller

    March 7, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    I switched doctors when my children were little and I don’t regret my decision. He is so much better than their original doctor and cares so much more!

  18. Michelle Waller

    March 7, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    It surely is a learning experience!! There is not one right or wrong way to parent.

  19. sveeteskapes

    March 7, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    This is such a perfect read for me. I am an expecting momma and surely need to remember these things for the future.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  20. Rosey

    March 8, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    We moved out of state and then decided to have one more little one. That left me w/o family/friend support. It was much harder. I missed the network You’re right though, there are other resources, and hurrah for it.

  21. Karlyn Cruz

    March 8, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    I’m really glad that you found your perfect pediatric for your little one, I’ll check it out I know someone who need this too.

    1. Fatima Torres

      March 9, 2017 at 7:57 PM

      I thought the same. It really helped minimize the stress in our lives when we finally switched over to their offices. Perks of getting an insurance that’s accepted pretty much everywhere 🙂

  22. Tina Gleisner

    March 9, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    You’re all so lucky to have the WWW of friends as new mothers. My kids are 36 and 32. I only had one friend with kids when I got pregnant & called her my mom consultant.

  23. Julie Syl Kalungi

    March 11, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Finding the right mediacl care for you and your bundle of joy is essential to your peace of mind. Glad you found it!

  24. Kelly Reci

    March 12, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Good thing we have experts we can depend on. They make us powerful parents.

  25. Maria Han

    March 15, 2017 at 5:09 AM

    Sounds so helpful and looks that you found a good doctor, my son was always sick I will check this out.

    1. Fatima Torres

      March 16, 2017 at 5:44 PM

      It’s not always easy to find the right doctor for your little ones.

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