Monday, October 09, 2006

Immunity my ass

So apparently the universe must think it's pretty darn funny. I stayed home on Friday night to keep the girls from getting sick, but now both of my children have a cold anyways. Wahhh!!!! I am so po'd. You know what really, really makes me mad, as well? The fact that both of my girls have been, and still are, breastfed, and this is the third time Iris has had a cold in just under eight weeks and the second time Eloise has. So much for the immunity boosting properties of breastmilk. I especially hate the mamas who brag how their BF'd children never get sick (oh, she's only had one cold in three years!) because it makes me want to strangle them. I thought Iris was getting much healthier, as she has only had probably three colds in the entire previous year, but you know, there's a baby in the house to infect now, so no time like the present to get sick at every opportunity. Grrrrr.

Other than Iris being a germy-pants, we've had a good weekend. I got to sleep in two days in a row, woo-hoo! I also went shopping on Saturday afternoon and bought these shoes. I really like them because they are super comfy but still look a little dressy. When I lose some weight I can buy new clothes to wear with them!

It's going to be another busy week. Thursday is my birthday! Woo Hoo! I hate to sound selfish, but my birthday is my favorite holiday. Mostly I just love October and I love that birthdays are fun to celebrate, but aren't over-the-top, like Christmas or Easter. I will also have a suprise to unveil to everyone on Friday morning. You'll have to stay tuned to find out what it is!

I am hoping to redeem a terrible Friday night this past week with an amazing one this week-- Matt's work has given him two tickets to sit in a suite at the Bob Dylan concert on Friday night. Unfortunately, I already exhausted 99% of my options for finding a babysitter. Hey, there's got to be a reader of my blog who wants to watch my sick daughters, come on, you know you want to! It's for Bob-freakin-Dylan, for cryin' out loud!


  1. Pack 'em up and send 'em to Turkey! I'll watch them for you!

  2. Oh wish I lived closer- would love to help you out, but it's not like you really know me... but it IS Bob Dylan!!!

    Oh, and about the immunity thing... ARG! I must ask "what IS the deal?" Gray is exclusively breastfed & not-vaccinated but yet is allergic to wheat, egg, soy, peanut, & milk. And yeah he's had colds & stuff, too.

    I do think he does get sick less than other babies, but I don't think bf-ing is going to be a guaranteed immunity unfortunately. And if anything, I'll take the bonding breastfeeding brings over it all!

  3. The immunity in your breast milk will only keep Eloise from catching colds if you've already had the cold. Otherwise, if she catches it first there's nothing you can do about it. But at least you know the girls are getting lots of good nutrients anyway! And they ARE getting immunity to all the colds you've had in the past. It's just that there are billions of colds ...

    If it's any consolation (which I'm sure it's not! :)
    I have another cold already too. Bah.

  4. My oldest was never sick and I was one of those breastfeeding is great, they never get sick.

    Then my 2nd son was born and blew that out of the water. Every time we left the house for a year and a half he got sick it seemed.

    My 3rd is 3 months old and has had a couple runny noses. Nothing to bad, YET! He has 2 older brothers to bring home germs from school.

    Either way you know you are doing what is best for them.

  5. I know how you feel! Xavier has had a little cold/runny nose 3 times in the past 3 months! The first was from flying on a plane so that doesn't count, but still!

    I hope you have some luck finding someone for Bob Dylan!

  6. Think of it this way...they ARE getting an immune boost from you, and just think how bad it might be if they weren't! Breastfeeding rocks, but it doesn't make life perfect...just better that it would be otherwise. ;)

  7. I heard that the typical kid gets 6 or 7 colds a year. That would make for maddeningly frequent illnesses.

    I am one of those moms who can brag that the kids have caught only a cold or two in their lifetimes, but we don't get out much.

    I second the mom who mentioned that you have to get sick first and develop antibodies before you can pass on that benefit. That makes sense. But then my second baby did catch the flu I had when she was born.


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