Saturday, May 3, 2008

Landon loves the ladies!

I took the boys for their 12-mos vaccines yesterday. I've been researching and reading and studying up on vaccines for the last 2 months. It's amazing how uneducated I was when it came to vaccinating Cole and Bella. I remember at the time asking my pedi if all vaccines were safe and he said "yes" and I asked him if all 4 of his kids received vaccines and he said "yes, absolutely...if there were anything in those vaccines that weren't safe, I wouldn't have had my kids vaccinated". I trusted and adored him so I never questioned anything more. Now when I look at their vaccination records and see how many vaccines they had received in one appt, it makes me feel sick to my stomach. I never even questioned the MMR, which they both received at 13 months (and considering they were both 2 months premature, they were more like 11 months when they were given this vaccine). But then again, even 3 years ago, I don't know that vaccines were being debated about to the degree that they are now...or perhaps they were and I jus wasn't aware. I was too overwhelmed at the time just trying to survive life with 2 babies!

With the boys, I decided to go with an alternate vaccination that doesn't allow too many shots at once. And I also decided to hold off on a few of the shots until they're a little bit older, like the MMR. My pedi was cool about it, even though he said there was no problem with them getting 6 vaccines at once ...he even said "they've had all these shots before at the same time at 2, 4 and 6 months and they did fine". My answer was "yes, that's true; however, I wasn't as educated then as I am now and I've decided to do things differently at this point". He was very respectful about it, thankfully. And the boys had also been sick non-stop over the winter months, on antibiotics for what seemed like weeks at a time, which I wasn't thrilled about but just doing nothing didn't seem to be helping the double ear infections. I wanted to wait at least 4-6 weeks before giving them their vaccines to make sure their immune systems were 100% before going in for the shots. My pedi had said "oh I think 2 weeks is more than enough time"....but everything I had read said at least 4-6 weeks (and in addition to that we've been adding probiotic powder to their milk).

So yesterday was the day for shots....I went in to the injection clinic and the nurse came armed with tons of paperwork and started going over them all with me...DTap, chicken pox, MMR, HIB....I told her that I only wanted to do the DTap and that was it. I had been hemming and hawwing about the chicken pox but then decided to just do that one too (Tim had caught a case of chicken pox as an adult and he said it was excruciatingly painful).

Then it came down to actually giving the boys their shots...I had Landon go first, figuring he'd be the easier of the two. He didn't even cry with the first shot but with the 2nd one, he got very upset and then Garrett, who was sitting in the stroller watching us, started freaking out. That's when the nurse revealed to me that she has 8-yr old twins who were the same way...if one freaked out, the other freaked out without even knowing why the 1st one was freaking out. It was like some kind of warning system between them. Landon was very easy to calm down but upon hearing a baby crying, 2 nurses came out of nowhere and offered to hold him while Garrett had his shots. One of the nurses fell in love instantly with him and I think Landon flirting with her had a lot to do with it. He just kept smiling at her and then looking away and then looking back at her to see if she was looking at him. Then he did the same thing with the other nurse and she said "he sure knows how to work the ladies". While Garrett had his shots, the nurses told me they were gonna take Landon around the corner so he didn't get upset hearing Garrett getting his shots. After Garrett had his shots, I went looking for Landon and couldn't find him...I kept reminding myself "okay, he's fine...he's with the nurses...they wouldn't walk off with him" but I couldn't find him and I couldn't hear him, which concerned me. I walked back into the injection room and asked the nurse who had given the boys their shots "um, do you know where the nurse went with Landon?" and she asked "she's not in the next room??"...then I started panicking. Now I feel stupid for even suspecting she might have taken off with him but at the time that's all I could think about and I was so mad at myself for trusting a complete stranger with my baby, even if she was a nurse at our dr's office! Right then she came back and said "I had to go into the next office and show him off to the other nurses"...and then 3 other nurses came over and started cooing over Garrett, who was unimpressed and just plain pissed off.

Upon leaving, I put Landon in the stroller with Garrett and wheeled them out and he kept waving goodbye to all his fans...I mean, the nurses....they made quite an impression on him. I don't think I've ever seen a baby leave the injection clinic as happy as he was!

On a side note, I've been reading books a lot with the babies and they have one book called "My First Picture Book" and they love the food page and so I always point to each picture and say what it is. Yesterday I asked Garrett "where's the cookies?" and he pointed to them!!!! It's so much fun to see them learning!!! I'm loving this stage they're at!!!


Michele S said...

Austin still hasn't had his MMR and he's almost THREE! I swear I was going to do it finally last week and they have all had some sort of crud going on in their noses and lungs. So he might be four before he's been free from illnesses for 6 weeks. You know how it is once they are in activities!

Joy said...

Having a child with autism, I know all too well the concerns about vax's. I don't know if they caused Adrian's autism or not but I honestly don't think the doctors know either. I'm terrified of getting my new baby vaccinated, I'm actually keeping my eyes open for a delayed schedule. I also read not too long ago that premmies are at a significantly increased risk of having autism so you are being very smart. Kudos to you for standing your ground...I think most doctors just don't get it and that get defensive.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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