Monday, July 30, 2007

Lots and Lots of Shots

This morning, Ann was subjected to that other birthday rite of passage, the annual physical. I was warned by the receptionists when I made this appointment that the four-year-old visit would be rough in terms of shots and blood drawn.

I tried to play up the exciting parts of a well-visit to Ann early this morning: "Dr. L. has known you since you were born! I remember when he held you on your belly suspended over the palm of his hand to see you holding yourself up! Now that you're bigger, you can talk to him yourself and answer his questions about how nicely you're growing up!"

Ann knew there were shots coming, and sure enough, after the hearing test, vision test, blood pressure, weighing (still a skinny beanpole! 32 lbs. at 4 years, Ezzie!), etc., it was time for drawing blood from her fingertip (will the squeezing never stop?!), a forearm PPD (heading back to check it on Wednesday), a tetanus shot (aaack!), booster shots (I think it was 3 boosters and they combined 2 of them into one shot). Yikes! For her part, Ann was a real trooper, stoic at times and quietly whimpering a few times. I don't think I'd be able to take it as well myself.

I'm glad I was able to be there for her, and I'm glad it's over with!!

On an unrelated note, Happy 100th Post to me!


Scraps said...

Happy 100th post! That's quite a milestone, too. :)

It's great that Anne is such a trouper. I was always a total baby when it came to shots.

Ezzie said...

I just love the pic. :)

Elianna's catching up... 23-12 last week!

Juggling Frogs said...

Happy birthday to her, and happy 100 posts to you!

LittleBirdies said...

Don't you feel like a mean parent making your kids go through the pain of shots, etc, even though you know it's really for their own good? I know it hurts me to watch them be in pain and I feel bad to put them through it.

I don't think ZB is much ahead in weight and he was 4 in March. He was 29-10 at his 4 year old check up.

Jewish Deaf Motorcycling Dad said...

Oy, that reminds me I need to schedule a check up for my oldest daughter... 4 years old next week... guess she'll get the same type of shots. :-(

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Happy 100th post!

And it's good to see you aren't one of those crazies who refuse to vaccinate their kids!

(That's a post I'd expect to see on Orthonomics...)

triLcat said...

Kinneret just had her 2nd vaccination on Sunday (Hep B shot #2)

I almost cried when she did.

But I'd cry a heck of a lot more if she got hep B because I didn't do it.

Ariella said...

mazel tov on the 100. The schedule of shots for kids keeps changing. I think that at 5 they used to get a lot, and now some of the shots are given at 4.

Stacey said...

It's soooo hard to watch them get shots. Cute picture. My 3 yr. old is 33 pounds and 37". Happy 100th!

~ Sarah ~ said...

happy 100th :)

look forward to many more tales of the raggedy kind.