Friday, April 24, 2009

Stealing Thoughts

I try to not reference other people's blogs too frequently without adding any thoughts of my own. But, I read this post on my beloved Mubba's blog, and I think its just brilliant. And there is not much that I could add to it with out detracting from it. I just think there is so much judgement in the world for the decisions that people make which differ from our own. We don't have enough respect for each other's life experiences. And I'm just as guilty of this as the next guy.

I'll try to be better, Mubba. 'Cause I hate that phrase too.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Vaccination Battle

I call it a battle, because that is what I armed and prepared myself for. Luckily, John's pediatrician is fantastic, so no really fighting has been necessary.

Before I go any further, I want to clarify up front that I am not anti-vaccination, although I know I often come across that way when it comes up in conversation. I think that parents that chose to not vaccination their children are relying on everyone else to vaccinate, which is irresponsible.

I just don't trust vaccinations. There is so much that we don't really know about vaccinations and the side effects that they have. For example - and you know this is the hot topic issue - the CDC continues to defend their stance that there is no link between vaccinations and autism. But a close look at the studies they've done discloses that they have yet to include any autistic children in their studies. They haven't even included developmentally slow children. So... they've basically looked at the history of a whole bunch of healthy kids and said, "See, everything's fine!" This really doesn't help me to feel secure in injecting a hole bunch of chemicals into my baby's body on their say so.

So, when approaching the idea of vaccinating my child, I really freaked out. Luckily, I found THIS BOOK, which has been a Godsend. Dr. Bob Sears covers every vaccine, the disease its for, how serious that disease is, the ingredients of the vaccine, and the possible side effects. He also recommends an alternate, slower vaccine schedule.

I love this schedule because it only allows for two vaccine doses at once, and it puts off vaccines that they don't need until later. It starts at 2 months, but I didn't start John until 4 months because of all of the weight gain issues we had early on. He also still had a lot of his newborn ticks at 2 months, which made me nervous. He'll still be caught up by the first year though. A lot doctors give you a hard time about adjusting the vaccination schedule, but John's pediatrician is fantastic. We had a good conversation about the differences between the recommended schedule and this schedule, about why I wanted to do this schedule, and what it would entail. I think he just wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about and that I'd done my research. And then he simply agreed to do what I want to do with my baby. And he graciously answered all of my nit picky questions, like, "what brand of said vaccine do you use?" I love him.

ANYWAYS, the first round was on Wednesday, when John received DTaP and Rotavirus. And I have to say that he did really well. I was hate needles and was really dreading the shot - and he did scream. But only for a minute or two. He was easily soothed. And he seems to have handled the vaccinations fairly well. He napped more than usual yesterday, and he had trouble with eating and spitting up today - but he wasn't grouchy about it at all. He's been in a very good mood.

However, the fact that he did having trouble eating and spitting up validates my decision to only give him two at a time. The side effects he's experiencing I'm sure are from Rotavirus, but it could be a combination thereof. And if I'd allowed them to give him even more who knows what would have happened? I feel a lot more comfortable with the way I've chosen to go about this.

UPDATE: My sister just shared THIS ARTICLE with me. Love it. Love Jim Carrey.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Some pictures...

...because I know you're dying for it.

He had just been smiling at himself seconds before I took this picture. Then I presented the camera. The mysterious camera ruins a lot of the shots that I try to take.

I love this next one. For the obvious reasons.

His Easter outfit.

Enjoying his Bumbo chair on Easter.

And just being plain cute.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dear Smoker II

Dear Smoker,

Hello. Its me again. And I'm here to admit that since having a baby I feel a bit differently about you than I used to.

You have been raised from threat level you-are-annoying to threat level you-are-trying-to-kill-my-baby.

And when I encounter you at a theme park, let's say Universal's Adventure Island, and you decide, instead of walking 10 yards to the designated smoking area that we can both see from where we stand, to stand right in front of where I'm holding my sleeping baby, blowing your toxic 2nd hand smoke in our direction... then I begin to imagine shoving burning cigarettes into all of your body's orifices.

You have a nice day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Homemade Parade

The first THREE people to comment on this post will get something made by me! My choice.

For you. (Though if you live significant distance away, we will have to discuss how/when/if you receive this gift.) This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!

  2. What I create will be just for you.

  3. It'll be done this year (hopefully sooner than later.)

  4. You will have no clue what it is going to be.

  5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh the catch is that you must re-post this on your blog. The first 3 people to do so and leave a comment telling me you did will win a marvelous homemade gift by me! Lucky you!

I realize that I recently did something similiar with my pay it forward blog, but I had so much fun with that I'm excited about doing it again. And besides, this time it has to be homemade, and that is cool.


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