“It hurts me more than in hurts you”

8 Apr
Yesterday, Jade had her first immunizations.  I felt pretty worried right from the beginning; although I believe in immunization, I felt horribly guilty that I would be putting my little girl through the pain, especially since she had to get four separate needles.  Since the vaccines are intra-muscular, they go in quite deep.  I don’t think I’ve felt so awful since I took Nanuq to get neutered.
Marian had told me that when my niece Alexandria got her shots, the nurses recommended that they be done while she was breastfeeding.  So that’s what I did with Jade.  She was sleeping peacefully in her car seat, with her beautiful long lashes fanned out on her cheeks; I lifted her out and put her to my breast.  She latched on, still mostly asleep.  The first needle went into her little thigh and she let out a cry, but latched back on again.  The second needle went in and made her cry again.  It took a few minutes to calm her down and switch her to the other breast so that the other two needles could go into her other thigh.
All in all, she was very brave about her needles.  I took her for a diaper change afterward, since she always loves having a naked bottom.  I must have sounded nuts, singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the bathroom, but she’s used to hearing that song (from a mobile) during diaper changes, so I thought the familiarity might be soothing.  She was calm again after the diaper change and I carried her out to where I’d left the car seat.  A few minutes later, I put her into the car, and went to gave her a kiss to praise her for her bravery; her bottom lip shook dangerously, so I quickly pulled away and got into the driver’s seat.  Is she already learning to cry in order to get cuddles?
Jade was a bit fussier than usual in the evening, but I don’t think the vaccination sites acutally hurt her that much – she didn’t flinch at all when I was doing her legs during her usual bedtime massage.  Thank goodness, she didn’t develop a fever, which is a possible side effect, although I admit I gave her a dose of Tempra around suppertime, which might have helped.  Today she wasn’t fussy at all, although she was much sleepier than usual. I had to wake her up for her bedtime feed and massage.  She went to bed at 10 p.m. tonight, about an hour earlier than her usual bedtime; I just hope she’ll stay asleep until at least 5 a.m., which is when she usually awakes for a feeding.  Just in case she gets up earlier, though, I had better put myself to bed now.  Good night!

3 Responses to ““It hurts me more than in hurts you””

  1. Nemmy April 9, 2006 at 5:12 am #

    Awww… my poor niecy. Big hug from the aunt (and uncle) she hasn\’t met yet… as long as that doesn\’t make her cry, of course. *wink*

  2. Kayleen April 9, 2006 at 11:05 am #

    I know I haven\’t stopped by for a while, but I just wanted to say Congrats! Jade is beautiful and I just couldn\’t be happier for you and Michael.

  3. Marian April 10, 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    Can\’t believe they do four separate needles at the first immunization. Poor little Jade. Glad the nursing helped – and that bottom lip quiver is a killer. What a smart one she is!

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