Monday, August 22, 2005

Post Vaccination Snuggle-Fest

Today was Aveline's 4 month check up. If you are a parent, you are probably cringing. Nowadays, the words "check up" are synonymous with "let's see how many shots it takes until the baby screams her head off and tumbles into a two day fuss-fest that will render her mom frazzled, tired and questioning whether parenthood was such a good idea." Now, I'm not one of those anti-immunization zealots who are convinced that the common good is below them. I understand that for vaccinations to fulfill their purpose, they need to be administered to all children, otherwise, the culprit disease could make a comeback. It is for the good of society. I also understand the slight risks that accompany each shot, and have weighed that against the risk of the potential disease. None the less, it is still heart wrenching to watch your child go from a state of unsuspecting bliss to one of sheer pain and fear. At least the nurse was quick about it.

She slept most of the day. We dosed her with acetaminophen every four hours, so she shouldn't feel horrible. She has taken this round of shots much better than the 2 month check up. She was fussy, crying and awake for almost 36 hours. Then she slept 20 hours straight. So far, so good. Let's see what tomorrow brings. I am home with her until Thursday, when Dan takes over for a few days while I work.

Along with sleeping most of the day, she is really particular about where she sleeps. Her favorite place after her shots is in someone's arms. We tried to lay her in her crib today for a nap. She cried. We picked her up and she fell back to sleep with some coaxing. She would stay asleep if you were nearby. She also wanted to be held if she was awake. So today was an official snuggle day. I have a feeling that not much but snuggling will get done tomorrow either.

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