Xander had his 5 year well child visit the other day and got 3 vaccinations while we were there- Dtap and polio in the left arm and MMR in the right. While giving my child vaccines is no picnic in general, he pretty much flipped his lid during the shots. It is absolutely no fun to hold your child down while they are screaming and crying and begging you not to hurt them anymore. I was feeling pretty traumatized afterwards but Xander was quite easily pacified with hugs and stickers. Friday morning he had a fever, easily treated with Motrin, but Friday evening his poor left arm looked like this. I though it seemed a tad excessive so we took him to the Dr again this morning and apparently this is within the scope of a "normal" reaction. I'd hate to see what an abnormal reaction would look like! Now the trick is to keep him from itching it and getting it infected. I really struggle sometimes with the vaccine debate but I guess a nasty, sore arm is better dying from tetanus or whooping cough, both of which are pretty readily found around here. Still this is one part of parenting I could do without...
Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's hard to believe my little man is going to be 5 years old in a few short weeks. My sweet baby boy is turning in to a real little person these days. He's still my little man of course weighing in at only 36.5 lbs and measuring 40.1 in tall. Height it appears is not going to be his strong suit. Heck I only just pulled out all the size 4 pants! He is a busy, busy guy though. Always on the move... He can be a little moody at times but then again who isn't! He's meeting all his developmental milestones and his speech and hearing seem to be within normal range even with tubes out so that is a huge relief. He does not appear to be color blind unlike every other male in my family! His vision tested out at 20/30 in both eyes but at some point here soon I should probably take him to the eye doctor to have his eyes thoroughly checked- he is my son after all! So that is this year's health update.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Maggie is 33 weeks old today! She is sitting up beautifully by herself and has even started to pull herself into a sitting position, provided she has a little tilt to start with. She still has only 2 teeth but I think she is working on some more given how fiercely she has been chewing on everything in site. She finally figured out the food thing and, while she still tends to get her hands in the way, will now open her mouth for bites of food rather then sticking her tongue out to lick it. She could use a little help in the sleep department seeing as when I am home she seems to want to nurse all night long. Someday I would like to reclaim my bed for my own!