Today At The Doctor

This post originally appeared on MommyDaddyBlog.com.

Today Boogie had another well visit and he is doing really good. He got a little fussy in the lobby so I had to take him to an exam room to nurse him. Shortly after, the pediatrician was ready for us. Usually he sleeps during his visits, but today he was wide awake and stealing hearts. He was just cooing away for the nurse. I got a video of him doing it a few days ago. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the video off our camera and loaded onto my mac, but I will try because it’s time we post a video. So anyway, the pediatrician is still excited that I’m successfully breastfeeding and continues to encourage me. She and the nurse almost drooled over Boogie, which brings me to this question.

Do you think that it’s in the pediatrician and staff’s job to compliment babies or do they truly mean it? Or is it just something about all babies that make people go nuts over them? Does it come natural?

Here are Boogie’s stats for today.
Weight: 9 lbs 11.5 oz. He’s a little whopper! May 12th he weighed 7 lbs 15.5 oz.
Height: 21 3/4 in. May 12th he measured 20 3/4 in.
Putting him in the 50th percentile.
They measured his head too but we don’t remember the measurement!

I’m going to have to work out to strengthen my back because at the rate that he’s growing, I won’t be able to wear him. Babywearing is something that I really looked forward to doing, so I will be pulling out the Ab Lounge! I can’t let Daddy hog the privileges of carrying Boogie!

I took some pictures with a point and shoot camera while waiting on the pediatrician to come in the room. I wish I had a compact camera that worked much like an SLR. Carrying around the Canon Rebel is such a hassle, so I keep a Kodak Easyshare in my purse.

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In a month Boogie will be due to get his shots. All he’s had was Vitamin K so far. You know I’m in all sorts of panic because of the whole uproar with certain vaccines, MMR in particular. What kind of bothers me is that I haven’t been able to find any information regarding African American babies and the affect vaccines have on them. Does this mean that severe reactions to vaccines haven’t been much of a problem in African American babies? Who knows. I certainly won’t set myself up to think that. At any rate, I ordered The Vaccine Book to help us decide which shots we want to allow, whether they’re on time or postponed. Hopefully I’ll find some answers. There’s always something to keep a mother worried…

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.
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10 Responses to “Today At The Doctor”

  1. Karen says:

    I normally don’t comment on old posts but you brought up vaccination…  In general I totally advocate vaccination.  Some are more important than others in both what would benefit the child most and what time it should be given.  The one off the top of my head that I would recommend staying “on schedule” with is pertussis (aka whopping cough), it is the P in DPT.  A few years ago it was found that adults often get sick with that bacterium, it does not kill normal adults but it has a high mortality rate in infants and children.  An adult with it has an annoying cough, they likely would think they had a cold.  The problem with this one was that the vaccine was only approved for people 7 and under and it wears off after about 10 years, so people 17 and up were susceptible and could pass it to infants who had not yet received the vaccination, scary situation that resulted in an adult approved vaccine (I just got it when I cut my finger and needed a tetanus shot). 

    It is very common for a child to feel ill after getting vaccinated, that is actually not a bad thing (the kid feels puny and you feel bad but it protects them from the dangerous version).  Vaccinations are basically showing the body what a pathogen looks like and the body fights it just as it would the real thing and then has memory of what it was.  The body’s immune system is actually responsible for many of the symptoms of real illnesses and not the organism they are infected with (it being there causes the body to make the symptoms, of course it can directly cause some too).  It is the body’s way of either trying to flush the bad stuff out (vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose), kicking the immune system into higher gear (fever), and forcing the person to rest. 

    I am not telling you what to do, just giving some information that could help you decide what is best for you and that adorable little man.  I think that doctors often just tell you that you need to or else and don’t sit there and discuss the options (of course if you want to send him to public school you will need to get him vaccinated for many things).  I personally think it would be better to try and educate people about the different vaccines and detail what they are protecting against and how much risk is involved if you do or don’t get the vaccine (how likely he is to be exposed to the pathogen, the mortality rate, treatment options if he does get it, etc).  In general in order for a vaccine to be required or highly recommended they have to show that the risk of the disease outweighs the risks associated with the vaccine and pharmaceutical companies mainly focus on vaccines they can get made mandatory (more money that way).

    Hope I don’t sound preachy and violate the no unsolicited advice rule!  This is a much discussed topic among microbiologists so I had to throw my bit in ;).

    Karens last blog post..Sunday Stylin’

  2. Velma says:

    I’m also in the “better vaccinate than not camp,” but I totally think it’s fine not to follow the recommended schedule after talking to your doctor. I actually have a son with may of the food allergy/autistic spectrum disorder issues that so many people worry about vaccines causing, but I feel pretty strongly that not vaccinating at all will lead to larger social problems down the line.

    Velmas last blog post..Friday’s NaBloPoMo Post

  3. Andrea says:

    have you tried importing your videos through iPhoto? thats how I do it. maybe even try when you plug up your camcorder/camera, find it on your desktop as a removeable device and click and drag it to your desktop but i recommend using iPhoto.

    btw, congrats on your baby, he is a doll!

    my thought on vaccines are as i firmly believe in them. all my kids (ages 11, 8, and 15 months) have had them. if something were to ever happen to them because I DIDNT get them vaccinated, i would fully go bonkers. they have never had a bad reaction to them, they just sorta whimpered and moved on. done. never given it a second thought. but that is a type of decision you as parents will have to make. dont let other influence your decision, as you know what is best for your baby. :)

  4. Sky says:

    He’s growing so fast! How time flies!

    I’m with you on the vaccine concern. My daughter has had 3 sets of shots and the last 2 sets was very ill afterwards. I told my concerns to my doctor and she was so cool with it! I was shocked, most (or so I thought) doctors want you to go with the schedule. We aren’t going to vaccinate Pea anymore until she’s 2 or 3. Whew!

    Good luck!

    Sky’s last blog post..Week of Miss Nebraska

  5. Keisha says:

    Y’all make such beautiful babies :)
    He’s growing so much so fast, he’ll be walking before you know it.
    I don’t think the Pedi staff compliment babies out of obligation, I think it’s sincere. It would have to be with Jay because he is so adorable.

  6. Lisa C says:

    The dilemma to vaccinate our children still gets to me. All I can say is the it’s a personal decision made by mommy and daddy. Our little ones are so precious to us, the thought of anything happening to them because of a vaccine shot is scary. You think to yourself, isn’t this what I should be doing but then on the other hand you do (as a parent) have a choice not too.

    We chose not to get all and it was definitely not recommend by our Dr. but stood firm, you have too. We also split the shots up so that they wouldn’t get so many at one time.

    You and Greg seem like the type of parents who will do your research first, which I commend. Just be prepared to change your pediatrician if you have too. We did on many occasions.

    Lisa C’s last blog post..*~For Women Only*~

  7. 1stopmom says:

    He is looking really good. You know when I was working at a doctor’s office my compliments were always honest. If I saw an adorable baby I would say so. I tried to find something nice to say to parents when they came in. I agree with Gina. All babies are not cute but I would never tell a parent that. Of course Boogie is super cute and I am not saying that just because Boogie is my son’s middle name.

    1stopmom’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  8. yay for healthy babies growing strong on mama’s milk!! :) glad to hear breastfeeding is going well.
    jayden is a doll. :)
    i’ve heard great things about The Vaccine Book. hope you find it to be a helpful reference and can make the decisions that are right for your family.
    we delayed and selectively vaxed ava (starting at 12 mos) and julian (at 18 mos) hasn’t had any vaxes yet. the jury is still out on what we’ll do.
    keep up the good work, mama. :)
    p.s. have you worn your “i make milk – superpower” shirt yet? ;)

    crunchy domestic goddess’s last blog post..China’s heroic mother and the importance of breastfeeding in natural disasters

  9. Manda says:

    Good luck with your decision to vaccinate. :) It’s a hard one to make. I don’t vaccinate my children at all. :D Sascha is 6 and never had a single one, not even at birth. It’s not something I feel safe about at all.
    If you want any websites with good information I have some links on my site, and there is a livejournal community as well that usually has good information. http://community.livejournal.com/moms/profile

    He’s getting so big!

    Manda’s last blog post..My Mind Went Blank

  10. Gina says:

    Aww look at him, he’s growing so well, GOOD JOB!!!

    I don’t think dr’s/nurses are required to tell you a baby is cute, I don’t even believe all babies are…YES there ARE some ugly babies… Boogie isn’t one of them tho.

    We decided to delay vaccines with Aria, she hasn’t gotten any since before her 1yr appointment. I love her doctor but we disagreed on this point and little Aria thank goodness is healthy, hasn’t been to the dr. in almost a year (she’s 2 now). I don’t think Vaccines are good for growing and developing babies, we all have our views if they are good or not, do your research and decide on your own, don’t let anyone else tell you what you should be doing. I’ll be taking Aria back after the summer to the dr to have a well checkup and to start her vaccines again since she’s been delayed enough. We will start them back slowly but any vaccines that contain primerisol will not be going into her system.

    Good luck with your research and decision!

    Gina’s last blog post..Fit those little heads with Little Fit

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