Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We're Tickled Pink

I can't believe it. I don't think I'll really believe it until she is born. Yes, SHE!!

Wow! I seriously thought we were getting another boy with how sick I was. The ultrasound was today and they said it's a girl. Still, my friend Lori had three ultrasounds where they said, "Girl" and it ended up being a boy (he was really good at hiding). I'm cautiously optimistic it will be a girl. Princess Ballerina is really hoping she'll get a sister and not be outnumbered.

In other exciting news, I've just had my first visit to the ER for stitches for one of my children. Given the number of boys I have with ADHD, I find it a minor miracle I've been a mother for 13 years and never had to get stitches for anyone until now.

Basically Lawboy (C3) scared Acroboy (C5) and he jumped up into a half wall topped by wood--thereby splitting open the skin above his eye.

It was one of the grossest things I've ever seen.
Acroboy also had to get his first vaccine.

We had been putting off getting Acroboy vaccinated until we knew for certain he was on the autism spectrum. We just didn't know if our family was one of those ones for whom vaccines are the trigger. I know that is a somewhat controversial stance, but it was the one we felt we had to take with our kids. I can't deny the bad feeling I had the day I got Firstborn's MMR. I brushed it off as first-time mom nerves, but what if I hadn't vaccinated? Would we have any different results? We thought it would be safer to wait and see on his brother. Acroboy has had two evaluations now, and I think it is safe to say in our case vaccines are not the trigger. We plan on using a delayed schedule with vaccines spread apart so we know if he has a reaction to any given vaccine.

I've heard too many stories of moms who have seen changes in their kids after vaccines to ignore them. I also have seen the damage polio did to my grandfather. My stance is this: A lot of vaccines can serve a good purpose. I also think we do too much too fast. We give the same dosage of vaccine to a tiny baby as we give to an adult. Anyone else see a problem with that? I also think we ought to follow a slower schedule and spread the vaccines out a little.

That's all I'm going to say on the subject for now.

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