Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vaccinations are scary for everyone

You would never guess, this little girl had 4, count them, One, TWo, THRee, FOUR, vaccinations today. I'll admit, they scare me to death, not just the immediate pain but also all the risk. I hate seeing my sweet baby scream. It breaks my heart, I still have a lump in my throat from holding her and watching her go through all 4 shots.
I never get used to these moments, with each child, at each well visit, I pray and pray. We have considered not vaccinating our children, but have decided that it isn't the right decision for our family. If everyone chose to not vaccinate, we'd be unable to make such choices anymore. I am just so relieved each time we can put another round of vaccinations behind us.
Jenna is still itty bitty, she was 19 lbs. and 28 inches long. Putting her in the 25% for both height and weight. She is healthy and happy. Her 4 top teeth are just about to pop through, boy will that be a happy day. I love taking care of such a sweet girl.


mummyof5monsters said...

love these pictures!

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

It can be very scary. . . the vaccinations make me worried too and we have dragged our feet on some. Prayer is the best thing to do.

Love the photos too.

Michelle said...

these pictures are adorable!

the only one i worried about with the older girls was the chicken pox vaccination because it had just came out.(you really didn't hear much about vaccinations then or at least i didn't) I put if off for years, actually they got it at the first of the year, they are 8 & 10

Sarah is 3 and I thought about it all the time her first year and like you, i was relieved after each visit.

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

That whole vaccination thing does worry me a bit too. But then I think that I had them when I was a kid, and I'm not too abnormal. Although they've probably changed since then. What do I know anyway?

Jenny said...

So cute! Vaccinations scare me too. Especially, since finding out about my daughter's tree nut allergy. Apparently, many vaccines have tree nut oils in them.

Different Dog said...

None of my daughters have been vaccinated...neither have I or my husband. We decided to continue the trend. Although it can be difficult to convince schools etc. that it is possible to go through life without a shot.
Last year when my oldest was starting college we did decide to immunize against meningitis and measles, as there have been big outbreaks on college campuses. She didn't have any reactions. She did get chicken pox at age 12 and survived!
I had all the childhood diseases growing up, which wasn't fun, but I know it made my immune system stronger...and I can pass that on to my girls.
It's a great idea to wait on vaccines as long as possible, especially if you're a SAHM and don't put them in daycare. You can also choose which vaccines you want to avoid. Just find the right pediatrician. Also, every homeopath, naturopath, alternative doctor we've ever been to said that we did the right thing. The risks can sometimes outweigh the benefits.
Good luck to all us worried and prayerful mommies who just want to do the right thing for their kids. Keep up the good work!