I made it through Zach’s 2 month check-up! I’ve been dreading it, not sure what I was doing about vaccinations. I may have even been hyperventilating on my drive to the pediatricians’ office.
I’ve heard that pediatricians are strict about vaccinations, and will kick you out of their practice if you don’t follow their vaccination schedule. But I wanted to try a real pediatrician with Zach, instead of the family practice I haven’t been happy with for my other kids.
I LOVED this doctor’s visit!
I think the nurse could tell I was a little panicked about the whole vaccination deal. She took Zach’s vitals, (told me he weigh’s 14 pounds now! wow!), and asked, “Do you have any concerns today?” I started in on the whole, “Well, he’s scheduled for vaccinations today…and I think I want to wait…I know somebody who does delayed vaccinations here… and he’s so little… and I think I just want to wait a little longer…
And she very warmly told me, “You’re the mom! That’s always your decision.”
Oh my word, I almost hugged her!
The doctor was just as nice. She told me I was doing a good job with Zach, and said they’d just recommend the same vaccinations at his 4 month check-up. Everyone was so sweet, and NON-PUSHY! I hyperventilated for nothing.
(They may still kick us out, if I keep saying, “I’m just going to wait awhile.” But for now, everyone’s happy!)
So what do we do about vaccinations? I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure that out.
With my oldest kids, I followed the schedule. I was a new mom, doing things by the book. A couple of kids down the line, I realized they were getting immunized for chicken pox, and thought, “That’s crazy! Chicken pox won’t kill them.” So I stopped immunizing my kids against chicken pox.
(And none of us have ever had flu shots.)
When Megan had her round of shots at her 4 month check-up, she screamed and screamed all night long. I never took her back!
Now though, I think I’ll be taking her back. There are a few vaccinations that I’d like all of my kids to have. (I’m hesitant to mention which ones — and which ones I won’t be giving my kids, because frankly, I don’t feel like getting any dirty looks. I’m not good at handling that.)
Zach, too, will get those vaccinations some day. Just not right now when he’s only 2 months and 14 pounds.
Whether or not you and your kids are vaccinated, you should be fairly healthy this week! My Cory just prayed for you! During prayer time tonight he asked, “Please help our family, and our whole church, and everyone not to get sick.”