My little monkey got her 2 month vaccines yesterday…
It was an interesting experience. While she handled the shots pretty well initially, I’d say that madame has been a little out of sorts since.
Since talking to some other Moms, it seems to go in the territory of ‘every baby is different’. My doctor was lovely, but I have to laugh at the info she gave me: ‘Your baby should sleep the rest of the day’… LOL. Except for the car- ride- home- induced- nap, my lil monkey did not sleep again until 9:30pm!!!
Haha to that. But we got some good snuggles in.
On a more serious note, vaccinations have become such a controversial & talked about subject, that it’s hard for parents to sift through all the info and opinions and really, truly make an informed decision they are comfortable with. I will admit if I lived in a part of the country where people travelled less, and thus weren’t exposing the population to disease new & old, I would be tempted to forego vaccines.
I made my decision based on this, and the hope that prevention is the best medicine. I am not against those who choose to forego vaccines. Again, I know we’re getting into sticky territory here.
That being said, it is important to inform ourselves about what these vaccines are, and why they are deemed necessary. A good reference is your local health authority. Here in BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control has some good info and provides immunization schedules. Babies receive vaccines at 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, & 18 months; then again at 4 years (approx. age that children start kindergarten). After that they don’t receive any more until grades 6 & 9.
At 2 months, children receive 4 vaccines: DTaP- HB- IPV- Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b), Pneumococcal conjugate ‡, Meningococcal conjugate C, and Rotavirus. Your family doctor may administer the vaccines. If not, you can visit your local health authority. For those in the Fraser Valley, Fraser Health operates clinics in which the vaccines can be administered. Our local health clinic has a wonderful staff of ladies who are always happy to help & answer questions. Don’t neglect to use this great resource! As a BC resident, you can also call 811 to speak to a health services rep. Again, another great resource.
Reactions to vaccines range from soreness, swelling at the injection site, fever, and (less commonly & more seriously) seizures. Check out this site for more info. If you think your baby or child is having an adverse reaction to the vaccines, call 911.
In BC, you will want to bring your child’s Health Passport so that the necessary info can be added for future reference. You should be provided with one at your child’s birth, or you can request one from your local health authority.
I hope this info helps. I’ll add more when the young lady receives her 4 month shots (I’ve been warned the reaction may be more extreme).
I’d love to hear your thoughts on vaccines and what influenced your choices, pro or against.
The exhilaration of stepping out in public with the babe and enjoying a lil shopping- even if you don’t buy anything!
I had a blast at Homesense this week checking out ideas for kids rooms and I can’t wait until our lil munchkin will add her own twist on her room.
There was some ADORABLE bedding & accessories that I wish I had an excuse to buy. If you or someone you know is looking for some cute items for a girl’s room, Homesense had a really nice selection. See below for some of my faves. 🙂
The bedding & pillows are Cynthia Rowley- LOVE the colours!!!
It’s crazy some of the baby and kids rooms you see now! People seem to be spending more money on their children’s rooms than their own! I know that’s been the case with our family- the little one has the nicest bedroom of the lot! Some of the rooms you see look like they’ve come right out of a magazine, and i think alot of the credit has to go to how you accessorize the space.
Even if the room (and/ or budget) is small, you can have a beautiful space- it’s all in how you work with what you’ve got.
That being said, it doesn’t take alot of money to buy the supplies to make your own cute nursery artwork, or to find some inexpensive pieces online. (Check the artwork I make below) 🙂
I’ve recently been working on some fun projects for the little one’s room. If anyone is interested in having their own custom nursery artwork, let me know 🙂
…First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage…?
Once that babe arrives, alot of people realize a tough truth: all of a sudden, that rhyme reverses: When you’ve had a baby, love and your marriage aren’t first anymore. At the very least, more conscious effort is needed to maintain that bond between you and your mate.
My hubby and I definitely had to adjust. We’re a family of early risers- and that means (read: meant for me) early to bed. I’m talking 9:30/ 10pm the hubs and I were tucked in for the night. Now throw in our new precious bundle. SMACK! All of a sudden I could no longer go to bed when my body was so desperate for sleep and let me tell ya, the first few weeks took alot of adjusting to this new sleep pattern (sleep- what sleep?!) I had to accept that I would no longer be snuggling up to my husband every night- either because one of us had to sleep on the couch, or simply because I no longer had the same bed time as him- and I was overwhelmed with how sad that thought made me.
After the first few weeks of up- side down bedtimes, I’m finding that I’ve adjusted to this revised routine and that I actually get a little ‘me’ time to unwind before the last feed of the night. Whether this involves finishing up tasks left over from the day, hobby time, or just relaxing in front of my laptop and tuning out for a little while, I’m enjoying this little pocket of time while I have it.
We have also since learned the importance of setting a date night. We have yet to go on one, but are looking forward to some much needed alone time and maybe a full 8 hours of sleep :). It’s definitely true what they say about having to work harder to keep the flame alive- especially when you’re both sleep deprived and the new boss wants to hang out with Mommy and Daddy all the time! We’re learning as we go, but I think we’ll be able to go for dinner and a movie soon- I’ll let you know how that goes.
Before I even got pregnant, my sister- in- law gave me some sage advice: Always remember who you are outside of being a wife and mother. I’ve since learned just how valuable this is to do.
I hope you find some special time that’s all yours too- even if it’s only a few minutes right now 😉
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