Tuesday, June 16, 2009

18 months

Turning into a big guy, but I still think of him as my baby...

Or maybe a puppy.

4 and a half and 18 months, wow the time is flying.
M2 was 24 lbs, 7 ounces at his check up and 33.25 inches long. He's between the 50th and 75th percentile for weight, 75th to 90th for height. He's in great health and had his DTaP and Chicken Pox shots. We're holding on on Hep A for now.


Nissa Nicole said...

Every time I hear about a kid getting a chicken pox vaccine, I am amazed. I mean, it is probably good that kids don't go through it anymore, but darn! For us pre-vaccine (or pre-open availability vaccine) kids, it's fun to think about when and where you got the pox and how bad it was.

Also, it makes me worry - Taylor's husband had the chicken pox when he was a kid, and it didn't work - which he didn't find out until he was an adult and was exposed to shingles.

I actually got the mumps from a measles/mumps vaccination!

I wonder - would it be easier to just do it the natural way, with that illness, anyway? What made you guys choose to vaccinate? Maybe I'm just scared from those stories, because I'm heartily pro-vaccination. This one just puzzles me. Do tell, if you're willing! :D

Monkeymama said...

The chicken pox vaccine was one that we went back and forth on. Our pediatrician for Rebecca thought it was important and that did sway us because we felt she had good reasons.

Right now the kids get this vax at 1 and then they get a booster a few years later because it was found that the protection wasn't lasting. I do worry about the shingles aspect, but I think they'll be checking and giving boosters as this generation gets older.

The hope is that enough people get the vaccine so that it is eventually removed from the general population.

Originally we were going to wait until the kids were school aged and then catch them up on that vaccine if they weren't naturally exposed. (Because proof of the vax or that the child had the illness is required for schools.)

However, finding natural cases is getting harder to do and I'm not interested in actively trying to seek out an illness for my kids.

Finally, it is an illness that can have scary side effects and when it came down to it, I didn't like the idea of my child suffering with something that we could avoid or lessen.

We have passed on a few vaccines along the way, but in this case, decided to go with it.

Nissa Nicole said...

Ahh - I didn't realize it was necessary for kids to have either had it or been vaccinated - that definitely makes more sense.

And yes, of course it isn't good to actively seek out an illness for your kids :D Maybe it was just more prevalent when we were young? IDK - I just remember getting it and everyone around me getting it. I imagine that is what it is, considering your Dr. talking about basically hoping to eradicate the illness.

Thanks for filling me in -the idea of boosters is something I wasn't aware of before, and it definitely seems less scary knowing that they are continuously getting updated.


Monkeymama said...

It has become a much less common illness for kids to find. It was kind of a rite of passage when we were younger, but I don't think any of our friends' kids have had it.

kristine said...

He totally looks like a little boy. Awww..