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Shots!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Sam and Cate had their four-month pediatric visit on Tuesday and Dr. W said they’re doing great. She seems unconcerned by their reflux and is confident they’ll grow out of it. The girls also got their four-month vaccinations: two shots and something oral.

The downside of shots is that your babies wail for two minutes after they get shot, until they figure out it’s over and they’re okay. Or, they wail a little longer if, like Sam, they figure out what’s coming at the alcohol swab stage and start wailing sooner.

The main upside of shots is that our babies are gaining immunity to a host of infectious childhood diseases, like polio and rotavirus, without experiencing illness. That’s cool.

A further upside is that babies who just had shots like to sleep it off. When we got home from the doctor’s office, we gave them each some Tylenol to minimize soreness at the injection sites and possible fever, then nursed them, and put them to bed. They each slept almost 3 hours, woke up to nurse/eat again, and promptly went back to bed for another 4 hours. Needless to say, I took the opportunity to do some sleeping, too. It’s no solution to sleep deprivation, but I appreciated it.