Friday, January 29, 2010

My Beautiful Kids

Jonathan is finally getting his bottom two teeth one on each side of his two center ones hence why his tongue is out! He has that tongue out all the time rubbing that area where the tooth is coming in.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Hope everyone is enjoying the new year! I have wanted to write on this topic for awhile and now that we have Leah I believe now is the best time.

Vaccination, to do, not to do, do it on a alternate schedule you as the parent are hit with many decisions and this is by far one of the greatest. We vaccinated Jonathan because we thought we were doing the right thing, doctors know best right? WRONG! My first clue of stopping Jonathans vaccinations should have been on April 22 2008. Jonathan was 5 months old but he was born 15 weeks premature he had the body and immune system of a 1 month old (his due date was March 3). My mother in law went with me to Jonathans Dr. appointment and I remember this appointment like yesterday. We walked in and the nurse said o.k its time for Jonathans Rotavirus vaccine(RotaTeq) a vaccine I now know is for diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting what the heck what was I thinking (a vaccine to stop the bodies natural way to gets rid of toxins) obviously I wasn't! Jonathan got the vaccine then immediately went blue we had to shake him to get to be responsive he came around and the nurse not worried at all and me a terrified mom that just got her baby out of the NICU on April 17th after 5 months crying holding Jonathan. The Dr. came in and said well he won't be getting that one anymore no crap shirlock! That vaccine has since been on the "watchlist" by the FDA because kids were becoming ill after it and the government warned doctors of potentially life-threatening twisting of the intestines in infants vaccinated against a virus that is the leading cause of early childhood diarrhea. The condition, called intussusception, is the same that led to the withdrawal of the first rotavirus vaccine eight years ago. UGH Obviously Jonathan has not had that drug since and to this day my little boy has constant stomach problems.

Jonathan got his last vaccination on June 25th 2008 which consisted of DTaP,Hep B,IPV and Pneumococcal conjugate. Watch this video: This video was taken in the morning just before his vaccinations that day then that evening after the vaccinations Jonathan developed a fever was a bit out of it a call to the peds office was in order only to hear this is normal after a vaccination he'll be fine tomorrow! I want to cry, I want to scream, I want to knock some sense into the nurse that told me he would be fine! Yea he was fine the next day but as time went on Jonathan stopped eating from a bottle starting getting really tight muscles started crying non stop for 3 months (20 hours a day), I'll take Leahs colic any day!!!))Later to discover my baby has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, my 2 year old can no longer hit his toys with ease, it now takes 2 people to feed him(he now has a g tube)cannot have a bowel movement without pain or castrol oil being administered!!! Why I ask myself did I take a video that morning of all mornings?!

Why do you get your kid vaccinated? Just read some of these facts then answer that question!
Childhood Immunization Schedule. It calls for one vaccine, against hepatitis B, on the day of birth; 7 vaccines at two months; 6 more at four months, as many as 8 vaccines on the six month well-baby visit. Before a child reaches the age of two he or she will have received 32 vaccinations on this schedule. Seven vaccines injected into a 13 lb. two-month old infant are equivalent to 70 doses in a 130 lb. adult.

The schedule states, "Your child can safely receive all vaccines recommended for a particular age during one visit." Public health officials, however, have not proven that it is indeed safe to inject this many vaccines into infants. What's more, they cannot explain why, concurrent with an increasing number of vaccinations, there has been an explosion of neurologic and immune system disorders in our nation’s children.

Fifty years ago, when the immunization schedule contained only four vaccines (for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and smallpox), autism was virtually unknown. Today, one in every 68 American families has an autistic child. Other, less severe developmental disorders, rarely seen before the vaccine era, have also reached epidemic proportions. Four million American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. One in six American children are now classified as having a learning Disability.

Our children are also experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune disorders – Type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and bowel disorders. There has been a 17-fold increase in Type I diabetes, from 1 in 7,100 children in the 1950s to 1 in 400 now. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis afflicts 300,000 American children. Twenty-five years ago this disease was so rare that public health officials did not keep any statistics on it. There has been a 4-fold increase in asthma, and bowel disorders in children are much more common now than they were 50 years ago.

To put to rest concerns that MMR vaccination might cause autism (in a small percentage of children), the New England Journal of Medicine, in 2002, published a population-based study from Denmark, where its authors concluded, "This study provides strong evidence against the hypothesis that MMR vaccination causes autism." The NEJM did not disclose that the "Statens Serum Institut," where three of the authors work, is a for-profit vaccine manufacturer, Denmark’s largest, or that four other authors have financial ties to this company. Only one of the eight authors is not associated with this institute, and the CDC employs him. The study compares the prevalence of autism in 440,000 MMR vaccinated and 97,000 unvaccinated children in Denmark born in the 1990s. A statistical slight-of-hand in age adjustment makes the study show no causal effect; but when unmasked and reformatted, the data actually shows a statistically significant association between MMR vaccine and autism (as Carol Stott and her coauthors make clear in "MMR and Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story," in the Fall 2004 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

Here is a picture of Jonathans vaccinations he received.

This is a website I really like and encourage you to go to and think about that lingering question, should I vaccinate my child?!

Now because we live in a sue happy world I must post this:
Any information obtained here is not to be construed as medical or legal advice. The decision to vaccinate and how you implement that decision is yours and yours alone.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Leah is 2 months old

This post is a little late, Leah turned 2 months old on the 4th. She is doing great. We went to the peds and she said "she's perfect, she is feisty and strong" holding her head way up off the table and looking in both directions, she is holding her thumb in her mouth for a couple seconds then she loses it! Her weight is excellent 10lbs 2 oz and 21 3/4th length. For her corrected age (she was 5 weeks premature) of 1 month she is in the 75th% for weight and height and for her actual age of 2 months she is in the 25th% for weight and height. So when she came home she was eating about 24 to 25 ounces now she is eating about 18 to 20 its hard to tell when your breast feeding but daddy feeds a couple bottles and we weigh her weekly so she was gaining 1.5 ounces a day now she is at .5 oz a day totally normal. She smiles ans giggles most of the giggles are at night, she is no longer having colic she outgrew it about a week ago (thank you dear God). She is sleeping very well from about 9pm to 8 or 9 am with a little shot of b.milk around 1am but she goes right back to sleep so I can't complain. She is officially out of newborn clothes and into 3 months. She LOVES her brother will give multiple smiles to him and Jonathan loves when I ask him "can you watch sissy for me" and I put Leah down next to him and he tries to hold her hand and smiles at her, it makes my day! Leah also has lots of attitude which I love, its funny because my friend Jamies daughter Maddy has lots of spunk and I always said I can't wait for that, well I got it! Leah loves her pacifier an if you take it out you better have earplugs she'll let you know how she feels well for almost everything! The other night for example she was laying on me and I adjusted her ever so slightly and she screamed and hollered till she got back in the exact location she wanted, my mother looks at me and says without hesitation looks like a Laura jr., thanks mom! Well I have no complaints from the Shigley family everything is going great!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

So spoiled and rightfully so!

I don't have to buy any clothes till this summer for my two kiddos and toys forget it I think Jonathan had his own toys r us in the living room! It was a great Christmas I was nervous about taking Leah anywhere because of flu season but we did venture out and got to visit with family and friends and I am happy to report both kids are healthy! Both kids are doing great, Jonathan is eating more he ate a little chicken some bread and he can now finish a mini ice cream sandwich! Leah oh Leah she is another story, she has colic so crying she does! She cries and I am the ONLY one that can console her! Justin will hold her she'll calm down for a minute but then let out a wail that really sounds like someone is torturing her and then I come to the rescue and she usually calms right down! I must admit I loved it but now I would like it if she let her daddy hold her too! Oh well this is "normal" right and I wouldn't trade it for a thing! Jonathan thinks its hilarious when sissy is screaming he is now trying to mimic her its cute. When I put them down together he usually rubs her head and she stares at him and smiles. One of Jonathans presents he got was a leap frog piano thing, its great! It is very loud and it lights up plays music and has a woof woof that he can hit and it makes a doggie woof sound so of course he loves it and so do I for now like I said its loud it has a lower volume switch but that is louder than most toys are! I am going to try an upload a video of him playing with it. I am very proud of this video because Jonathan now understands most everything we ask him to "do" if we want him to hit something, grab something, roll, walk, kick etc we ask him "Jonathan do" and he will either smile or do it (hit or grab something)!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to a happy New Year!