Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Quick Takes, Vol. 19: Life is Funny Sometimes...Oh, and we got shots!

Thanks to Jen for hosting!

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It's been kind of a funny week around here. We started off Monday with 4-month shots, which were the same (in theory) as the ones they got at 6 weeks. The effects here were much stronger and long lasting. Both girls cried and fussed for two days. Luckily, they still napped a little and slept reasonably well at night, but during the day they wanted to be cuddled and held. My poor babies... I can sympathize with them. Mommy got her flu shot last Friday (Emily and Erin are still too little) and my arm hurt for two full days. I felt pretty lousy for a few hours too. Better than the flu, though!

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On the subject of shots, I have to keep reminding myself that good health is priceless, and definitely worth a few days of crankiness. Having parents who remember the fear of childhood diseases, I am very much in favor of vaccination for my kiddos. My dad has told us stories of polio scares - movie theaters and swimming pools shut down, kids being kept home - all because they had no idea how it was spread and how to stay healthy. The polio vaccine was life-changing. Right now, where we are, it's whooping cough that is an epidemic - even though we know how it's spread, we still have to hide from it. I don't want to go back to a world like my dad was describing. Innocent kids shouldn't have to suffer from something preventable.

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Whew. That was a little serious. Let's get more lighthearted. As part of a paper for Media Ethics in college, I watched this Disney short on vaccines. It was produced during World War II, in 1943. I thought I'd share it with you all for fun (just click through the ad, it goes away):

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I accomplished something major last night. I went to Target and got everything on my list! How was this done, you ask? Simple. I was talking to my brother on the phone and he reminded me what I'd said I was there for. Thanks, little bro! (And you didn't think you could help me out from 1,200 miles away!)

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I'm excited for Halloween. Are you excited for Halloween? We will have trick or treaters for the first time ever! That includes all the time I was growing up - no kids in our neighborhood. So the girls and I will dress up and hand out candy. Pictures to come next week! How are you celebrating Halloween?

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Yesterday marked 2 months until Christmas, speaking of countdowns!!! (Can you tell I'm a bit overexcited about this one?!) I really need to get on that gift list. What are you giving for Christmas gifts this year?

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Last but not least, I posted about a fresh take on modesty this week, in case you missed it. Please read it and let me know what you think!

That's all I've got for this week. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. I could not have written #2 better myself... TOTALLY agree.

    Yes, I'm totally pumped for Halloween and Christmas. It's so fun when you add your own kids into the mix!

  2. #2: My mom has co-workers in India (tech jobs outsourced there) and one of them was out for a few days. When she emailed him to ask how he was, he explained he was having some problems with his leg and asked if he had told her that he had polio as a child. Did I mention that said co-worker is in his 20's? Yeah... it was a reminder of how essential those vaccines are.