Posts Tagged ‘vaccinations’

Vaccinating…

Monday, July 4th, 2011 by by

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question. I’m not really a big supporter of not vaccinating, BUT I’m extremely bothered by how many vaccines are given at one time.

Now, let me tell you, I was blind going in to this kid thing, especially being overwhelmed with triplets. So when the docs told me they needed their vaccines, I blindly decided to go along with what they were suggesting. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wish I had gone in to it a bit more informed. That is the honest truth.

Now, I didn’t do any research. I followed my mommy gut. Again, this is a truth.

After Ian got so sick & lost almost all his skills, we (Todd & I) couldn’t imagine giving him a shlew of vaccines. We decided the little tike needed a break. And from that point, it was only 1 combo shot or 2 single vaccine shots. The trio was 10 months old at this point. Before Ian’s illness, we vaccinated on schedule.

It wasn’t just for Ian either. We chose to do the same with the girls. The result? Much less fussy babies after shots. Their bodies didn’t overreact to all the stuff. No fevers, no fussing, good sleep, etc. The other choice we made was to not give the kids the MMR until they were 3. Even then, I have to admit, I had cold feet going in. Todd really was the one to take the stand & say that they needed it, since we were going out so much more. Inside, I knew he was right, so I grinned & bared it as the kids got their MMR.

I will say this much, they got the MMR & only 1 more shot. We are “behind” because of the spread out schedule. I don’t go between visits. Can you imagine taking them in for just shots every other month?

Not I. No way, no how. ICK…sicky germs! (more…)

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Two Month Well Visit

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by by

Little bird had her two month well visit today, and she was not a happy camper. First, she was sleeping when we got there, so she wasn’t happy when I had to strip her from her comfy clothes to get weighed and measured.

Head circumference= 16 inches (89th percentile)
Weight= 11.14 lbs. (63rd percentile)
Length= N/A (couldn’t get an accurate measurement since she is in her pavlik harness)

The doctor spent a lot of time talking to me about how things were going and the vaccination schedule (which I was trying to express my concern and my decision to delay), however my undressed daughter started getting fussy and began to cry and cry. Nothing seemed to soothe her, and now she needed to get her vaccines. Oh boy, was she upset even more.

The “Well” visit didn’t go as I would have liked it. I only wanted little bird to receive two shots, but she ended up getting three. The doctor wanted to give her five, so I guess we compromised, but at the end of the day I felt defeated because it’s my child and my choice and the doctor should respect or at least follow the schedule I feel comfortable with. Am I wrong for thinking this way?

Little bird is sleeping right now, but she is miserable when she is awake. I think the area where she got her shots is sore, poor little bird :(

P.S. Little bird has a big head like her father!

Monsters Under Mommy’s Bed

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 by by

I never really had a problem as a kid with being scared of the dark or monsters in my closet. I did have an awful episode once after watching Nature on snakes and then screaming myself to sleep because I could feel them crawling all over me.

My parents were kind enough to put me in their bed for that one. It was horrific.

But regular old monsters were regulated to reading Calvin and Hobbes with my dad and laughing…nothing I ever considered within my safe little reality.

It’s funny though…how the idea of a “monster under the bed” for a child really kind of stays with you as an adult. When you’re lying in bed, waiting to fall asleep, it’s easy for those “monsters” to creep out and attack you, despite all logical, rational thinking and (more…)