In which Maggie gets high on baby Tylenol and then parties late into the night
Maggie has traditionally reacted poorly to vaccinations-- fever, irritability, sleeplessness, digestive issues, and an intense lack of desire to be put down for even one second and who cares if you have to go pee you betrayed me and let evil people stick needles in me so don't even think about it Mama. Assuming that the six-month shots would be equally bad if not worse (since Maggie now crawls and sits, and might therefore be further frustrated by not being able to put weight on her tender legs), I readied the entire household for the day of the doctor visit as if we were preparing for a long, epic siege. We had breakfast, lunch, and dinner set to go, and easy to serve and eat one-handed. We had videos and games for Max. We had diapers timed and laid out for quick and efficient changes. I was ready to tenderly carry Maggie's tragic, be-vaccinated figure all day, to the ends of the earth and back. And then ... she was fine. No fever. No sleeplessness. No irritability. I wrote an entire blog post congratulating us all on the surprising ease of the whole experience, and then I was promptly punished for my hubris when Maggie finally developed a fever around 5:30 in the evening. I gave her some Tylenol, which seemed to help, because she crawled around cackling and crowing like a mad woman until 11 pm. Sometimes, if you are unaware of this, baby Tylenol causes excitability. It says so in small print on the bottle, and I am here to testify to the truth of it.
Now, for the highlights of our visit:
Weight:19 lbs (91st %)
Height: 28 3/4" (98th %)
Head Circumference: 44 cm (80th %)
Shots Administered: 3
Overall Mood After Shots: Surprisingly Upbeat, if somewhat hysterical
Best Quote From Doctor (after hearing that Maggie can sit up, crawl, and pull to stand already): Tell her she needs to save something for the 9 month appointment!
Overall Health And Happiness: Perfect, if not better