Thursday, July 30, 2009


So, this is a few days late, but as of July 24th, Bennet and Jude have a cousin!! Tim's sister, Sharon, and her husband, Nate, had a beautiful baby girl! We are so thrilled to be related to such a gorgeous little girl!

Stella Elizabeth
6 lb. 5 oz.
19 3/4 inches

Jude had his 2 month check up yesterday and he is weighing in at a whopping 13 lb. 8.8 oz. and 23 1/2 inches! When he was born he was in the 5th percentile for weight and 25 percentile for length. He's now in the 95th and 75th respectively!!! He's actually starting to grow out of his 6 month clothes!!! The doctor gave him a clean bill of health and he got his first vaccine (DTaP) yesterday. We've chosen to do a selective delayed schedule of vaccinations for him. We are declining the rotavirus and varicella vaccinations completely (although if he still hasn't gotten the chickenpox when he's a teen, we'll consider it then). Otherwise, he will be receiving all the other recommended vaccinations, but spread out and several will be started later (such as Hep B, MMR, and Polio). Tim and I spent a LOT of time researching and deciding what to do about vaccinations and we truly feel that we are making the best decision for our family's situation. I was really nervous about him being pumped full of chemicals when he's so small, but I really think we've made the best possible decision for ourselves! AND, just to be on the safe side, I took extra fish oil, vitamin C, and probiotics in addition to giving Jude a 1/2 dose of baby vitamins to boost his immune system. So far, he's been a tiny bit fussy, but no fever or other side effects. We go back in a month for two more vaccines (HIB and Pc) and then monthly for boosters until he's 7 months. If anyone is interested, we came across a GREAT resource for vaccinations that is about as unbiased as you can get for such a heated topic! The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears. It's absolutely wonderful and is pro vaccine, but offers a great schedule for vaccinating that includes ALL the recommended vaccines, just spreads them out, so your baby isn't getting more than one aluminum containing vaccine at a time or 6 in one day! We actually used the schedule as a starting point and made a few changes to suit our family. SO, if you have children, are currently pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or just may have kids one day in the future, you NEED to read this book! Whether you choose, to fully vax, delay, or not vax at all, you will be able to rest comfortably knowing that you have made the best decision for your child(ren)!

Bennet's potty training is going well! He peed in the potty last night before bed and then stayed dry all night (the FIRST time ever) and even peed in the potty this morning!!! Which means, Bennet got a cookie with breakfast. It's acutally really cute! He sings a whole song whenever he pees in the potty. Tim and I started it, but B has added his own verse to it!

Pee-Pee in the Pott-Y!
Pee-Pee in the Pott-Y!
Now I get a cook-IE!

I'll let you guess which line was added by Bennet!! :)


Michelle said...

I love Dr. Bob and the Vaccine Book. I got to talk to him at an LLL conference about my family's vax decision. He is really out there to give information and help parents make the oh so difficult vax decision! I recommend his book to everyone, too. And his website is also great.

Crystal said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful little niece! And I agree about Dr. Sears' book. We absolutely love it and are so thankful to have it to use as a guide to help form our decisions on.