The 3 Little Kids’ Doctor Appointment

Wednesday the three little kids had pediatrician appointments. Payson and Ember had well child checkups while Sierra was just getting the last dose of shots she needs this year. (I didn’t want her getting 10 vaccinations at once so we broke them up into three visits)

Payson and Ember both got their two months old vaccinations. Which sounds hilarious but the whole time we were there that’s what they called them. I delayed vaccinations with Payson due to his variety of issues. I just couldn’t imagine putting more toxins into his body when his very existence was traumatic physically!
And Ember… I was just going to delay until her cold was over when she was a newborn but then she got sick again and then we went to Washington and then… well, then it was summer and I didn’t want her dealing with fevers when it was over 100. So now, finally, at one year, she got her first dose of vaccinations! I’ll take her in every two months this winter to get them done. Payson will be on a similar schedule so the two of them will be going to get them done at the same time.

I didn’t take a single picture at the doctor’s office because it was so bad. Three little kids all getting shots. Ember cried during the whole appointment, before shots, because she was feeling shy or something. Usually she’s social and smiley but that day she was really upset and hated everyone and everything they did. lol

It broke my heart when Payson got shots. You know how they make you hold them down? So sad… it’s worse getting your three year old shots when you have to hold them down, than it is your newborn πŸ™ Newborns at least don’t know what’s going to happen and don’t look knowingly into your face like, “Why are you letting them, and helping them, hurt me??”

And Ember, she cried her whole appointment and so naturally cried straight through the shots. I gave all the kids lollipops right after and they were immediately happy. I sat down and told Payson all about bad and good germs and how those ouchy shots let the good guys go in and fight and kill all those bad germies. He cheered right up and listened with wide eyes. We talked about bad and good germs a few times that day.

Because getting my kids shots makes me feel like I abused them I bought them movies and treats when we went to buy some children’s ibuprofen.
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The first day all three didn’t show any signs of discomfort. I was hopeful and happy about that!
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But in typical fashion the next day was terrible and the third day was the worst!
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Ember’s already poor sleeping habits turned into basically not sleeping at all.
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I’ve been so exhausted and holding her so much and feeling like I’m just totally at the end of my rope!
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Also my bad back, that’s been getting worse every month from sleeping poorly and holding her so much, completely gave out yesterday.
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Yesterday morning at like, 6am or so when Ember wouldn’t let me sleep anymore at all I finally left my room and brought a heating pad out. I laid flat on my back on it hoping for the tiniest bit of relief from the excruciating pain. I could barely move it was so bad. Ember crawled all over me crying because she hates me to do anything except stand and hold her :S
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She’d also keep trying to push the off button on the heating pad. She screamed like crazy when I put the switch under my arm where she couldn’t get it.
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Payson has actually not been cranky at all. I mean, he’s VERY cranky and whiny, but his usual. Brooklyn and Sierra and I were talking about vaccinations a lot one day and they were asking about when they were babies, how they reacted. I told them that Brooklyn would cry and be cranky for about two weeks after vaccinations (no lie!) and Sierra wouldn’t be cranky at all and then Brooklyn asked about Payson. I told her Payson never got immunizations but that if he would have I can’t imagine there was any way possible for him to cry more than he did every day of his infant life! lol. The kid cried 18 hours a day or way more for three solid months and then cried and whined and screamed 12 hours for the next 9 months. And has whined and fussed for his entire three years on earth πŸ˜‰
There was one blissful month (three weeks) last year where he was a normal child. I don’t know what was up with that month but I wish it would come back!
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So that’s all about my little two kids’ first immunizations.
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Ember has not let me put her down all week. She cries so much this week. Her top teeth are juuuust under the surface so I’m not sure if it’s that or the vaccinations (or both!) but she’s a cranky butt this week. It’s exhausting. And then like I said before, I’m sleeping like 5 hours TOTAL and not uninterrupted! She wakes me up a thousand times every night. This week I’ve gotten less sleep than when she was a newborn! It’s painful πŸ™
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