My baby turned one last week. He also had his one year well child appointment on Tuesday and with that appointment of course came his vaccinations. He got three, including the chickenpox and Hepatitis A shots. We are a fully vaccinating family, so please don’t turn this into a “That’s why we don’t vaccinate!” thing (I mean, you can if you want, but it’s really not going to change my mind).
I have to say that I’ve never experienced a child reacting to shots the way Spencer did last week. I have never seen him so clingy, so tearful at all times of the day. I try to put him in his seat for lunch – tears. I walk away from him to go to the bathroom – tears. He tumbles over while playing – MELTDOWN. It was not a fun time, especially since I was hormonal myself and dealing with a sore throat and cold.
He finally started coming out of it on Saturday and last night (Monday night), after a few nights of working up to this, he slept all night for the first time in a very long while! Up until the last week, we were regularly waking with him four times every night. Now that he has started drinking cow’s milk during the day (And I don’t really want to hear how horrible cow’s milk is for him) he isn’t relying as much on nursing. I’m not willing to say that his sleep issues are cured, but I am happy to report that things are moving in a better direction. I was so glad to walk into his room this morning when he woke up happily at 6:15am. He was just sitting there clapping and giggling as I came in.
I realize that one of these days I will long for the midnight wakings and the quiet cuddling of just us, but for today, I’m enjoying my bright-eyed little guy and congratulating him on a night well done! There’s time for nostalgia later.