Thursday, March 3, 2011
Staley will be 2 months old next week (YIKES!), and today was her 2 month check-up with her pediatrician. As everyone with children knows, the 2 month check-up marks the beginning of the vaccinations. Since we couldn't prepare Staley for what was going to occur, Zach and I took on the responsibility of fretting and worrying and dreading the shots for her. Staley was wonderful throughout the whole appointment, smiling and kicking and tolerating her exam without so much as a whimper. (For the record, she is now almost tipping the scale at double digits, weighing in at 9 lbs, 15 oz.) After her exam, the nurse returned with one oral immunization and 3 scary shots. Staley sucked down her oral immunization happily. Towards the end, she spit a little of it back out while giving the nurse a great big smile. Ornery! Then came the shots. Luckily the nurse was quick and efficient as she was almost on to the second shot by the time Staley realized what was happening. She gave her best scrunched-up, red-faced scream for the next 30 seconds, but calmed down quickly once it was over and we were holding her. It went as well as could be expected. I know that Staley experienced the pain of the injections, but I experienced the pain of knowing my daughter was hurting. Staley has seemed to recover from her vaccinations, but I'm still working on it.