We survived getting our first round of shots today at Tommy’s 2 month appointment. I can now bring him out in public with a little less stress. He didn’t cry really at all and was smiling shortly after! Victory.
The big boy weighed in just over 15 lbs and 24 inches long. He’s proudly in the 90+ percentile for size as an exclusively breastfed baby.
I never thought twice about giving them to him. I’m not going to write a blog post on why you should vaccinate your children but I’m happy to share why I did.
- I truly believe it’s for the health of my son. Why wouldn’t I want to protect him from whooping-cough?
- I don’t want diseases coming back that took so long to get rid of.
- I don’t want to put newborns at risk for diseases like whopping cough because they are too young to get shots.
- I do not believe shots cause autism.
- I don’t want to harm children who can’t get vaccinated because of diseases or allergies.
This article on Scary Mommy titled, “To My Friend Who Choose Not To Vaccinate,” sums up my feelings towards those of you that are against them. I think we can still be friends and respectfully disagree just like James Carville and Mary Matalin.
I have friends who were scared to bring their kids out in public the first few months staying holed up inside their homes. I totally get this and am surprised I wasn’t one of them. I’ve never been a germaphobe and rarely get sick myself. I think this has helped me build up a good immune system, that and of course a healthy diet.
Nick and I had people visit baby Tommy right away. In fact, Nick decided to through a party for the Patriots game when he was less than a week old! I was a little stressed out by this and wanted everyone to leave once I realized just how many people were in my home, but the baby was OK. People who had colds stayed home and mom survived.
Not long after we went out to dinner at the University Club where we are members. When Tommy got fussy, I brought him to the locker room and breastfed him and then rejoined Nick just time for when our food came out.
We also brought him to dinner at Coda and Pico, brunch at The Friendly Toast and lunch at Parish Cafe. It was nice to be able to get out of the house but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t very nervous about doing this. It kept me sane and hopefully Tommy has built up a pretty good immune system for his age.
We usually leave him in his car seat. If he gets a little fussy, we take him out and hold him. The key is to go to restaurants that are just loud enough that people can’t hear him squeal but quiet enough it’s not harmful to his precious ears. Obviously, you go to casual places that are family friendly and not super tight. The Friendly Toast and Pico were perfect for this for my fellow Boston moms.