Sam went to the pediatrician again this morning for his two-week weight check. He’s, uh, not hurting in the weight department. The pediatrician said, “18 oz. in ten days. Whoa.” So he is now 9 lbs. 4 oz. What a chunk.
Also, belated congratulations to Britta for correctly guessing his birth weight! I’ll buy you a prize this summer at the cabin — perhaps a treat from The Face?
Sam will be getting his first round of vaccines at the end of June. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’ll be getting four shots. I hope they bring in two people so they can do two at the same time. That’s how we do chemo shots at work — two pokes at a time is better than one poke at a time. I’m fighting the urge to get some Emla cream (numbing cream) for his little thighs. I think I’ll just bring an ice pack or something to numb his legs a little.
Speaking of vaccines, my mom got me a book called The Vaccine Book for Christmas this year, that gives tons of great information about the vaccines that kids get during childhood. I read it last night and have decided to do an alternative vaccine schedule that spreads them out over time. He will still get all of the vaccines, but instead of getting many shots at a time, this new schedule gives him two per month. What’s the rationale, you may be wondering? (I was wondering until I read the book!) Well, vaccines have aluminum in them, which helps the vaccines work better in the body. As of now, there have been no studies done on how much aluminum from a vaccine a baby can handle before it reaches toxic levels in the body, causing neurological damage. The only studies done were on premature babies getting IV nutrition. No studies have shown the safety (or “unsafety”) of the aluminum in vaccines. By decreasing the number of shots at a time, the theory is that the kidneys have a better chance of processing the aluminum, thereby decreasing the risk of aluminum toxicity. So, long story short (too late), Sam will get all of the vaccines he needs (because, hey, we’re good public health-minded citizens!), just on a slightly modified schedule. And really, this whole aluminum thing may not be a big deal, but it makes me feel better to change up the schedule a little bit.
If you’re interested in the book, there is a website with more information under “Relevant Things” to the right ——-> 🙂