Wednesday, September 19, 2007

pit in stomach..

hoping you didn't miss Yesterdays Oprah.. Jenny Mcarthy and Holly Robinson Peete were on and shared their experiences of having sons with autism. this show had made an impact on me and thankfully i have it on tape... just a few moments of that pit in your stomach that seems to be much more real now that i am a mom. the way Jenny spoke of her son's seizures and his sudden vacancy in his eyes. really powerful. of course vaccines were called out and I was so glad Jenny shared how she felt about the whole thing. Steph over at Adventures in Babywearing has some powerful resources regarding the whole thing. With personal experience I find she writes honestly from the heart and in doing so brings non judgmental information. Thanks Steph!
As a non vaccinating mommy (in a place where this is almost unheard of) you fight that inner struggle daily. Just wanting to do whats best for your kids. Regardless of the vaccine argument we must begin to find our mommy voices and educate and discuss the issues that lay close to your heart. remember you know your kids and you have their best interests at heart. no one can come close to that. go with your gut.

4 comments:

Eva said...

We chose not to vaccinate Jonas either. A hard decision...trying to weigh the pros and cons and thinking "what if?" But through prayer, that's the conclusion we came to, and we believe whatever happens now was meant to be. Just one of many hard decisions that comes your way as a parent.....

Stacey said...

It just bugs me that there is no obvious answer in this situation. I wish someone could really say, with 100% confidence, which direction to go. Right now I think I'm on the fence.

DavenHeather said...

totally tough decision.. i know exactly what you mean stacey. just wish there was a sure answer. i like what you said about prayer eva.

The Pauls' said...

We vaccinated our first 6 kids. Didn't even think there was any other 'choice'. Back then it was just what everybody did, no questions asked. After our 7th had a couple of vaccines,we started questioning the whole thing. At that time I have never read or heard anything from anyone, it was just a gut feeling. And after that every time he was scheduled to have another vaccine he would get a cold, or sick that day. After this happened a few times it seemed more than a 'coincidence' so after much prayer we decided not to vaccinate and we haven't vaccinated since. I guess I feel if there are so many questions about it being safe, why are we doing it? But like you say Heather, a really hard choice. When we made this choice not to vaccinate we felt like we were the only ones on earth doing so. Now we don't even think about it anymore. So we've been on both sides. But as parents you have to follow what you think is right.