Yesterday was Kale’s four month immunizations and this time I was feeling strong enough to at least stay in the room while Ross held Kale and the deed was done. This time, we decided to have them done at Kale’s GP’s office, rather than go to her for a growth check and also go to the health unit for shots. Two appointments=bad, one appointment=good.
Kale got two shots in his right thigh and one in his left. I also elected to refuse a flu shot for Kale – the only time I have ever gotten a flu shot I had the worst flu of my entire life and every other year I (KNOCK WOOD) have not gotten the flu. It’s called handwashing, people. Sheesh. It entertained me that my doctor, who is all into the technology and uses a laptop in the office to show you stuff like growth charts (with your child plotted – Kale is apparently in the 50th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference) and voice recognition software and dictated into our file that “PARENTS REFUSED INFLUENZA VACCINE”. Because apparently we are going to hell in a handbasket and the reservations are in my name.
Anyway, Kale took his shots like a champ, and although there was some screeching, he was flirting with the doctor within a few minutes, albeit through teary eyes. There was a brief moment of panic for me when the end of the needle broke off of the syringe and STAYED IN HIS LEG, but our doctor is swift and removed it in a flash.
His right thigh is bruised this time – at his two months shots there was nary a mark, but whether that’s a difference in the way my doctor does the injections compared to the health unit or strictly luck of the draw is anyone’s guess. Both thighs are a teeny bit warm and swollen – nothing major. Also, and I am sure someone will smite me for saying this, but Kale slept freakin’ AWESOME last night, which is great since this past week has been the 3 and a half hour sleeping stints from hell. He slept for 6 hours and then woke, fed with gusto, and slept for another 5.
Today he is his normal cheery self, and is currently rolling around on our bed with his beloved Moose, telling the world about something only he understands. He’s also wearing a sleeper for a hat, further evidence I am a Bad Bad Bad Parent.
|From Kale 3 to 6 months|
I realize that not everyone agrees with immunizations and I realize that its a highly personal and emotionally charged decision. I did the research and made the decision based on what is best for us. I hope all parents do the same as its a hard decision and is the first in a long line of things I have to consider now that I am a Mom.
Today Kale and I are baking bread, and making some apple turnovers, and generally having an “in” day. I have a lot of crafty related things to do this weekend and my list includes the following:
- Buy nuts. Lots of nuts.
- Buy silk. About 1 metre.
These two items are unrelated and i will mysteriously say NO MORE because it’s Christmas – yo.
One last thing I want to mention: If you live in New Westminster, are a parent, and Facebook (and yes, I totally verbed that noun there, ha ha ha, Melanie), I started a group for New Westminster Parents where we can swap, buy, sell, give away, chit chat, and compare notes. Feel free to join, just search “New Westminster At-Home Parents”.