Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Eloise is two months old today!

Asleep at one day old

Asleep at eight weeks old

Whew! Where is the time going? It seems like she was just a tiny little thing a second ago. There isn't a whole lot of news to report still. She is getting pretty good at holding her head up, but still does the bobblehead thing most of the time. We are starting to be able to elicit some coos and gurgles from her, which is neat. She definitely "talks" more in response to being right in her face and talking to her. A few smiles here and there, no laughs, though. She is a pretty serious baby, I think. Serious and laid back at the same time, if that's possible! Still not crying much, except for when we're in the car. Man, I had hoped that being cursed with one baby who screamed in the car would mean I would be blessed with future children who loved it. Nope. Bloody freakin' murder. The girl acts like we're killing her. Just like her big sister. I am grateful she still sleeps well at night. Not as much during the day as she used to be, but at night, every single night since a week old, she goes to sleep and only wakes up to nurse. Not to scream or have her diaper changed or be rocked. It is soooo wonderful compared to Iris, who had to be bounced in the middle of the night pretty much every night. It was exhausting. Ironically, I still lose the most sleep because of Iris! Eloise will wake up crying if her sister wakes her up, but other than that, it's quite good.

I am taking her for her two months appointment on Thursday. I look forward to seeing how much weight she has gained! The hardest thing for me to figure out now is what to do about vaccinations. With Iris I did selective/delayed vaccinations, and actually started some I thought I wanted her to get but then didn't continue to give them to her (I think the PCV is one, if I remember correctly). Anyhow, I recently read a post on Adventures in Babywearing that linked to a previous post she had written about vaccines. It got the wheels turning again for me, as I had just been avoiding thinking about it at all costs. I still don't know what to do for this first visit, so I won't do anything I am not 100% sure of, and make the decision to research it more by the time her next appointment comes around. I mean, they go just about every other week at this age, don't they? Sheesh.

I got some information on attending a public meeting that the CDC is setting up to discuss how a flu pandemic would affect our community. It got me thinking about how I would feel about a certain vaccine if there was an actual pandemic. I have never had the flu vaccine, I will never get it for my children, but I would have to think long and hard about declining one if there ever were a pandemic.

If you're interested in learning more about vaccines, I would suggest starting with Adventures in Babywearing. She's a mama of three (all boys, no less!) who has personal experience with vaccines harming her children and as she's researched more she's made different vaccination choices for each of her sons. For me, I learn alot from other people's personal experiences and how they came to the decisions that they have. She also advocates doing your research and being knowledgeable and coming to your own conclusions (whatever they may be) about vaccinations and not blindly following your doctor's suggestions, which I think is very, very wise. No one but us, as parents, has our individual child's best interests at heart and being knowledgeable is the first step towards protecting them the best we can.


  1. She's gorgeous. Two months. Wow!

  2. You've said it very well here. Thanks for the links, and I do only hope to encourage more Mamas to do the research. I don't judge if you do or you don't vaccinate- I know how hairy an issue it is!! I only WISH that all parents took *as much thought* in what they are injecting into their baby's body as they do when shopping for a car seat or safety gate for the house.

    An informed decision is a good decision!

  3. Stephanie, you're totally right that all parents need to give at least as much thought to vaccines as they do to everything else. I am absolutely guilty of this. That's why I want to wait until I've had more time to decide what I want to do.

  4. kjb, what happened to your blog?!?! I haven't been able to access it in a while :(


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