A few months ago, I wrote about my support for vaccinations especially in regard to the pertussis outbreak in our state. Washington and Oregon have two of the highest rates of unvaccinated children perhaps due to the large numbers who follow "alternative" lifestyles. These are people who believe vaccinations cause more problems than they prevent. Of course there are also simply the lazy people who just can't be bothered to protect their children. Both groups have always driven me up the wall since they are relying on the immunity of the rest of us. Now this issue is brought into stark relief for me by a recent experience.
A regular part of our weekly schedule is a visit to a certain shopping area which includes a grocery store and a Starbucks. We often grab bread or eggs before meeting a friend for coffee. Imagine my dismay when I read in our local paper that there had been a case of measles reported in our town. When I went to look at the dates and locations of exposure, I found that our one regular stop was the main focus of concern. Even the times of day lined up. The rest of us are fine, but since my baby is too young to be vaccinated, she is at real risk for this illness. We had three whole weeks to wait before we were in the clear. I am happy to report that she is fine, but that is a matter of luck and nothing more.
A baby or child who catches measles is in for several weeks of recuperation and a host of unpleasant symptoms. Most children, however, do recover without permanent harm. Pregnant women are a whole other issue. If they are expose to measles their babies risk blindness, deafness, and even occasionally death. This is not about some vague desire to be "natural" or "have less chemicals" or "avoid autism." Science, the best information we have available, does not support these concerns. It is about protecting the lives and health of my baby and yours.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
It's now been ten years since M and I first met, and I still think he's the proverbial cat's pajamas. Therefore, here is a list of ten reasons to love him (in no particular order):
10. Cool under pressure
9. Smart, smart, smart (alec?)
8. Reads (novels even!)
6. Produces beautiful babies
5. Takes care of beautiful babies
4. Endlessly patient with beautiful babies
3. Fabulous cook
2. Perfect travelling companion
1. Puts up with me!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Well we are home today sick, so I actually have the chance to make a blog post! An amazing rarity these days. When either of us is sick, I allow Delphinium to watch television, and I don't even feel guilty (too much) about it. It turns the day into a really calm experience. Every few hours, when things are just starting to get whiny or sad, we have fifteen minutes of Kipper or Thomas, and everything is better again. Another way we maintain sanity is by doing art projects. Yesterday she painted half an egg carton with tempera paints, and then today we applied the eyes and face to make a caterpillar. I remember making these so often with my brothers! Let's just hope she's over things by Thursday, so she can go give her paper airplane valentines (how cool is that? you can fold the card into an airplane!) to her classmates.
Friday, February 01, 2013
In celebration of turning four months old, I took Little Bird in to see her pediatrician for a well-child visit. The biggest news is that she's doubled her birth weight! For someone who started out so slow (with the tongue-tie) that's pretty impressive. I do have to say that she has some delightful rolls and dimples, and absolutely the cutest chubby knees I've ever seen (don't tell Delphinium I said that). She's also grown four inches in four months. No wonder she cries sometimes!
The doctor declared all to be well with our girl, and said that she is developing and progressing nicely. She can hold up her chest and head when on her tummy, follow a toy held in front of her, and even reach for the toy (not always successfully) and put it in her mouth. The days of not worry about what's in arms reach of the baby are certainly over. Next month she even gets to start out on solid foods!