Friday, January 23, 2009

No MRR today

E had his fifteen-month well check this morning. (He turns sixteen months a week from today.) I thought he'd get the MMR shot this visit since he hadn't gotten it last time, and I was freaked out, despite having decided to go through with it after consulting The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears (the most balanced, informative book on the subject I've found). It was the last sentence of the MMR chapter that decided it for me, but no need to go into that here. TJ was fine with the shot, so it was really up to me, and what can I say, J.enny McCarthy made quite an impression on me when she went on Oprah last year. The good news is that E didn't have to have the shot today. Dr. D said that he's started delaying it to eighteen months or two years to set parents' minds at ease. Nice, huh.

He did get two shots today (both ones he's had before), and that was hard for him (quick recovery, though), as was being examined by Dr. D. He screamed hysterically, even when the doc was just listening to him breathe. Dr. D said that all fifteen-month-olds hate him; it's just part of the deal at this age. Who knew? He also talked about how important safety is right now (how fast they are, etc.), and how many people forgo eating out at this stage (I nearly died laughing, he was so on the money); and he suggested choosing five rules and sticking to them and letting the rest go. You could easily set a hundred boundaries, he said, but you only have the energy to enforce five right now, so you might as well choose consistency. I like this concept.

This was the best well check we've had, and for the first time, I had no questions. Last time my questions were about food and pickiness, but I've gotten over that (at least in terms of talking to a doctor about it). The fact that E eats zero vegetables and zero fruit (except in the smoothie we make him every morning) disturbed me at one time, but there's really nothing you can do other than marvel at a baby who doesn't like fruit.

As for the stats:

26.6 pounds (75% percentile)

31.5 inches (65% percentile)

head circumference 75% percentile


mama bee said...

So, I'm really curious what 5 rules you will be enforcing. Or, if you don't want to share that, an example of 5 good rules.

I have a 12 month old who is on the cusp of walking and I was just curious about what I have to look forward to in 3 months.

Heather said...

We're kinda wondering the same thing, actually. I guess we're not really into "rules." At least not yet. But one of ours is no going in the street. E loves playing outside more than life itself, and he especially loves the culdesac at the end of our street. There're never any cars down there, and it's tempting to give in to his *constant* attempts to head for the street (and subsequent meltdowns when he's prevented). But we've realized it would send mixed messages to sometimes let him go in the street. So that's one of our rules. (Maybe I should mention here that he refuses to hold our hands when he walks. Ever. Even when he was learning to walk.)

We also have a rule about not touching the oven when it's hot, but I'm not sure what to do about this one, because I don't care if he touches it when it's not on (which he does when he's mad at me), and it's too much work to keep him from it at all times.

That's pretty much it. I mean, he knows he's not supposed to play in the toilet or throw his cup on the floor (the latter happens roughly three hundred times a day), but these aren't really rules, and it's not like there are consequences if he does this stuff. I really hope the cup thing ends soon.

Now that I think about it, he often throws his toys all over the living room, and we let him (or redirect him). I wonder if other people would have a rule about this?!