For many parents taking their kids for immunizations is an ordinary part of their early years. I am aware that some parents choose not to and understand some of their reasoning for not wanting to, but we choose to and as little E is quickly growing up he had reached the age (last yr) for his pre-school booster. This was one that I actually was concerned about giving to him, I was very aware of the stuff previously in the news questioning its link to autism and other issues, but when we weighed it up with the extreme alternative of possible death from the illnesses it is preventing against we favoured to give him it and so here we are this week with me FINALLY calling and booking him in. Over the last few months we have had 5…yes that’s 5 letters saying Megs is still due her 3rd set from being 1? Whilst I was adamant that she was up to date I booked her in too just to be sure. Yes I may be mad taking them both together to get them but it seemed wiser to get it all done in one afternoon.
When I picked them up from pre-school on Monday I let them know that the next day they would be having some immunizations at the DRs which might sting a bit with a needle but if they were really brave we would have a treat afterwards. “OOOOO how great, yes thank you mummy” was the response…”erm you won’t be thanking me tomorrow” I thought! Tuesday came and I’ve never seen 2 kids so eager, every 5 mins they were asking when they could go. When the red books came out, well that was just fuel for their excitement and both practically ran their with their little books under their arms all the way there.
I couldn’t stop laughing as I knew they had no idea what was in store…
I was right, Megan didn’t need hers but got some stickers all the same. Ethan enthusiastically jumped on me knee for his, but soon jumped out of his skin when he had it done, I laughed (and cried a little) at his little face, but he didn’t even shed a tear. What a big brave boy he was, he strutted out of there with his plasters on his arms, his stickers on his coat and he couldn’t wait to call his Grandma’s and tell daddy after work how brave he had been. He loved walking to town to choose a treat and enjoyed every mouthful on the way home. Everything we do is made so much more exciting and fun with these 2. They turn very ordinary moments into adventures and laughs.