Faith had her first round of immunizations today. I tried everything to make sure she was as comfortable as possible before going to the doctor. She had a nap, a full tummy of milk, and a dry diaper just before we got into the car. She was smiling and talking. Everything was fine :) She was fine when they were taking her weight (11 pounds 4 ounces – in the 50-75th percentile) and her length (23 1/2 inches long – in the 90th percentile) and her head measurements (38 cm – in the 25th percentile)
When it was time for her shots, I laid her on the table, and the nurse held her legs. I held Faith’s hand, kissed her fingers, and bent down close to her face to talk to her. 3 quick shots in her thighs. She belt out a scream that made her face turn purple. In the wink of an eye, the nurse said, “All done.” I quickly snatched her up and held her close. Finally, she filled her little lungs with another breath of air and just cried and cried. I tried hard not to cry with her.
These are the vaccinations Faith had:
DTaP/Hep B/IPV – Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine. Inactivated poliovirus vaccine.
Hib-PRP-OMP – Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine.
Pneumococcal (PCV13) – Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
Rotavirus, monovalent RV1 – Rotavirus vaccine.
Once Faith started settling down (which took a long while) I gave her some baby Tylenol while we were still in the office. When it seemed like she had stopped crying, she would start up again. Her face looked so sad. Her eyes were so red and wet with tears. I just kept her in my arms until she started to drift in and out of sleep. Then I put her in her car seat and we went home.