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Whew! We made it!

Around 2:45pm EST today you may have heard my heart beating rapidly.  Miles and I were at the pediatrician’s office, awaiting the return of the nurses.  He’d already had his checkup, charmed the socks off of his doctor, and got all of his stats updated (75% percentile for height, 80% for weight!).  Now all we had to do was wait.

And get nervous about the shots to come.

If you read my post about dreading this appointment, you know I was struggling with what to tell him, if anything, about his scheduled vaccinations at this appointment.  I decided to play it cool, tell him casually about what was going to happen, and play up the ICE CREAM!!! that we would be going to get after we finished.

So that’s what I did.

“Miles?”

*looks up from his LeapPad game* “Yes, Mommy?”

“Um…When the girls come back in, you’re going to get on the table and they’re going to pinch your legs.  And it’s going to hurt.  But then??  We’re going to go get ICE CREAM!!!”

“…Okay.”

While we waited, I Tweeted:

 


And then they arrived.  Five nurses (he had to get a whopping five shots today) down at his legs while I stood up at his head, hugging his arms.  He looked around and said “Hey, what are you guys doing??” so sweetly and innocently right before they counted down and stuck him.

He screamed, of course, and cried.  But soon he calmed down enough to tell me that he was crying because he wanted the Band-aids off his legs.  So I snapped a photo of his Band-aids with the vaccine names on them (to keep an eye out for reactions) and took them off.

*sniff* “…Mommy?  Now is it time for ice cream??”

Yes, yes it was.

I keep telling him how proud I am of him and that he was a big boy.  Sadly, he keeps telling me he isn’t a big boy because he cried about the Band-aids, but I’m assuring him that everyone cries and it’s perfectly fine.

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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.

Comments

  1. Wow! That sounds like it went about as well as you can expect! Also–what a brilliant idea to have the vaccine names on the band-aids. NR had a reaction one time and we just had to guess which one it was. We were describing which leg it was on and how it looked to the nurse on the phone!

  2. Yes! They’ve always done that at this office and since he hates Band-Aids, I thought I would take a photo with my phone so I would know which one was causing problems.

  3. He’s a rock star! 🙂

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