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Protection

29 Aug

My apologies.

I have not been keeping up this blog as I promised to. I’m not even going to use the “it’s hard being a first time parent” card – not yet anyways, I’ll save that for later.

I guess it’s time for some updating. Rylee is a little over 2 months old now. Her last weigh in was at 11lbs and 6.5oz. She’s growing quite nicely, a little chunky even J. But there’s nothing wrong with a little junk in the trunk.

The biggest transition during this period is her ever changing schedule. We had one night when she slept for a solid 8 hours. But other than that,  she’s been sleeping 4-5 hours through the night. And just when you think you’ve got her figured out, she’ll throw you for a loop and sleep for 18 hours through the day.

One of the biggest fears we have right now (like many parents) are immunizations. If you do any “research” (I put that in quotations because google doesn’t necessarily count as viable research) on the internet, you will treat yourself to horror stories after horror stories about children and immunizations. There’s a school of thought out there that attributes autism to MMR vaccinations. There’s a whole lot of data, articles, and personal stories out there.

Be careful.

My suggestion to parents out there that are having trouble deciding what to do is be careful. I’m not going to tell you what to decide on one side or the other, I’ll just share our thought process in our decision in this matter.

We have booked Rylee’s vaccinations for next week. How did we get to that point? Well, after talking to our doctor, we realized a few things. First of all, Autism has roots in genetics. We are a little more equipped when it comes to this because Sally is a Special Education Assistant who works with kids with autism – of all spectrums. When it comes to information, she’s “all up in it”. Secondly, even though there are horror stories out there, we have no scientific, measurable, identifiable evidence that would lead us to confidently say, “vaccinations cause autism”.  It is too much of an unknown connection, whereas we definitely know that meningitis causes brain damage, or that polio cause debilitating damage to the muscles, or that mumps can lead to other major diseases. So would you risk the unknown for what you do know will harm your child? Some may ask (including myself), “why do I need to vaccinate against sexually transmitted diseases like Hep. C?” First of all, some of those diseases like Hep C can be transmitted from parent to child, as well as unsanitary environments. Secondly, our cultural landscape and our population is getting more and more diverse. We are encountering peoples from all over the world who have backgrounds that involve war torn, disease savaged countries. The truth is, these viruses and diseases don’t care about borders or what country it is, and we are exposed to these unknowingly.

Now, having said all of that, our decision actually finally came to out this: (caution: religious content) Rylee is a gift to us. No matter how much we love her, there is someone you loves her more. No matter how much we want to protect her, there’s someone who is more capable to do so. No matter how much I want to be the best father she deserves, she has a Heavenly Father who is unfailing. She is not ours.  We have been charged to protect her with all of our resources (we believe that involves immunizations) but ultimately she is protected by someone else.

So good luck parents. I wish you all the best when deciding for your children. Please don’t be absent the decisions being made for the safety of your children. Be present, be equipped, and be educated in all those matters.