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The Other Side Of Grumpy

“Oh, hello happy child!  I’ve missed you!”

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.

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. We fully vaccinate here as well, so no judgement from me 🙂 I guess better safe than sorry…
    I have a question though since Addie is going to be one tomorrow. Do they HAVE to have milk at one or will they be ok with just breastmilk for a while? I am not ready to wean her and she is not showing signs of being ready either and I didn’t know if there was a reason they needed the milk in addition to the breastmilk.

  2. No, they don’t have to be on whole milk at one. It’s just my personal preference. We are still nursing about 4x a day but I am ready to be able to be gone from him for longer periods of time. We’re going out of town for 2 days (without the kids!!!!) at the end of the month and I want him to be okay with “other” milk 🙂

  3. Kristine says:

    We put Kaden on milk at 10 months (yes, start the gasps of horrible mothering) but I couldn’t breastfeed and Kaden had horrible acid reflux and would spit up at least half a bottle (don’t know how that boy ever got nourishment!)I can’t guarantee anything but Kaden stopped spitting up that day and never has since. He drinks wonderfully and is very healthy! Don’t let anyone look down on your for your decisions…your boys are so cute and look pretty healthy too 🙂

  4. Thanks Kristine! I know some doctors advise moms to start their kids on whole milk earlier than 12 months!

    Our pediatrician had me start Miles on it I think 1-2 weeks before he turned one because I had worries about my already-struggling milk supply holding up in the early weeks of my pregnancy with Spencer. He took to it pretty easily and I think it did help him start gaining weight better. It’s been a week now and Spencer is only now starting to drink a full sippy cup of milk a day, but he’ll get there! 🙂 We don’t have any concerns about his weight, so I’m not stressing.