Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's coming...

Every day it gets a little closer. It's been on the calendar for weeks now, and it's getting harder not to think about it. I don't even know how to prepare for it, and I definitely don't know what I'm going to do when it comes. I think I'm going to put everything off until the last minute, because if I don't, I might just break down.

Unfortunately I'm not talking about Christmas. I'm actually ready for Christmas. It's what happens a few days before Christmas, and also what's going to happen a few days after that's on my mind. Let's talk about one at a time though, and since a few days before Christmas is only a few days from now (yikes), that comes first.

This coming Monday, Kaylani has her 8 week checkup, which is actually 2 weeks early. For all of you who have kids, you know what happens at 8 weeks. For those who don't, you're about to find out. At 8 weeks, Kaylani will get her first series of...shots. Shots, in my book, are no good, no matter what age you are (or what type of "shot" we're talking about). The worst part about these shots are that they're not being done on me. I can take a shot (again, no matter what type we're talking about), but I'm not exactly sure I can take watching Kaylani get a shot.

It's seriously been on my mind since we scheduled it 1 month ago. I remember taking my dog to get shots and having to hold him down when the doctor stuck him with the needle. He would whimper sadly and I'd be sad. Those were feelings I had for my dog 12 years ago, which expalins why I'm completely afraid of what's going to happen when the doctor pulls out the needle and Kaylani doesn't whimper, but cries. She'll put on her sad frown, cry hysterically, and there won't be much I can do about it...except be sad with her.

Apparently they also get sick for a day or two immediately after any shot they get (which apparnetly happen pretty frequently for the next year)! That's also kinda sad since it's only 3 days before Christmas. Is my baby girl going to be sick for her first Christmas? Is she going to be dazed and out of it? I know she won't remember any of it anyways, but still, I really hope that she won't look back at pictures 5 years from now and see herself crying. She'll ask why she was so sad on Christmas and I'll have to tell her she got shots right before it. Then she'll associate Christmas with getting shots, and hate Christmas forever.

Oh man, maybe we should skip the 8 week checkup...

7 comments:

Jay Ramirez said...

You both need to suck it up and take it like a man

Mr. Sherman said...

No Tam was ever hung over for three days! She'll be fine by supper time the next day.

Mr. Sherman said...

Make sure you feed her steak just before the shots.

JonnyTam13 said...

First of all, my daughter is not a man, and if by "take it like a man", you mean "get a bruise on my leg", then no.

But the steak is a great point. Maybe I'll overload Mommy with steak so that more comes through the milk.

Ashley said...

Give her a little Tylenol before she gets the shots..call the pedi before you go to find out how much she can have. It'll be all good. She'll sleep it off in 24 hours and be fine for Christmas.

I don't know about this take it like a man stuff... take it like an overprotective father and ease her pain with a little baby tylenol.

Doug Swist said...

I would also recommend that you hold her while she gets the shots. She will remember what happeded the next time that you go to the doctors. I found it best if they didn't see it coming. It's a lot worse for the parents than it is for the kids. And the shots affect kids differently. My kids did not have much of a reaction other than running a slight fever for a few days.

JonnyTam13 said...

Thanks guys! The Infants' Tylenol is packed in the bag and ready to go! I'm sure things will be fine, but we'll see!