We took Kayleigh for her 4 month appointment on Friday. Bel & I were both very concerned because we knew she was going to get shots again, and last time was pretty horrible! She was definitely upset for the rest of the day and into the next day last time. That was two months ago, and now Kayleigh has a lot more personality than she did at 2 months. Needless to say, we were not interested in a repeat of last time.
I had done a little research trying to find out if there was anything we could do to reduce the pain of the shots, and we came up with two very simple steps: first, we gave her Tylenol before we went to the appointment instead of waiting until afterwards. Second, I took a pacifier and dipped it in sugar water, then gave it to her a few minutes before the shots were given. I don’t know that it helped, but whatever. I read in a magazine that this silly trick had tested incredibly well in very young children, and seemed to distract them enough with the pleasant taste that the impact of the shot is not felt as drastically as it would have been without it.
Well, who knows what worked and what didn’t, but all I can say is my little girl was fine! You might actually think they put a little “happy” in those shots, because she basically stopped crying before we even got her to the car, and was smiley and talkative all afternoon! We had smiles, squeals, giggles, and all! So it looks like Kayleigh has gotten better with coping with her shots.
Here’s the skinny on Kayleigh’s growth to date! She is 14 lbs, 5 oz right now! She’s in the 75th percentile with weight. What is probably more shocking is that she is 25 ¼ inches tall, putting her in the 90th percentile! So she’s pretty tall and a good weight. That’ll be my luck, she’ll be taller than me by the time she’s 5 or 6! I guess we’ll see what happens.
So, our little girl was a perfect angel and did very well! I’m very happy that things turned out the way they did. Yay Kayleigh!
(I didn't know this video was being taken - I was on the phone with my mom giving her the updates as you'll be able to tell from the background conversation)