Vaccinations. Ewww. What a touchy subject.
(Almost as touchy as Santa Claus- but we'll get to that soon enough).
First born children are, for lack of a better term, sort of the guinea pigs. We try and fail and tweek and readjust parental structures based off of Numero Uno, don't we?
In our case, I was 22 when our first born daughter graced the world with her sweet, tender presence. I questioned no one, and thought reading "up" on parenting was not a necessity. I mean? I was born to have babies- I'd figure it out, right?!
We did all the things our doctors told us to do; them being the experts and all.... obeying their instruction wasn't an option- was it?
I had a friend that was deeply involved in natural health and wellness, and didn't vaccinate her newborn.
I thought she was a nut-case!! I judged her motives and intellect. I remember thinking to myself (as I was holding my 9 month old on my hip) "Wow. She'll find out how wrong she is when it's too late!"
Secretly I'm squeezing my daughter a bit closer to me, proud of our decision to parent her the right way, and choosing to be intelligent parents and giving her all of her vaccinations!
3 months and hours upon hours of research later, and I am finding myself at our pediatricians office explaining to him why it is that we are choosing not to allow them to give our daughter vaccinations from that point on.
I won't get into the "why" we came to our decision. Honestly, it's not important to touch on that. I'm not an educator, and this isn't a soap box I'm willing to chisel out and stand atop just yet.
There are books, and articles, and internet searches at the tips of all of our fingers- and anyone who'd like to look into whether vaccinations are right for their family have this available to them. Aside from that- my brain lost it's sponge soaking ability long, long ago; I read, and then I conclude- but afterward forget what brought me to said conclusion, marking my ability to teach anyone, anything slim to none unless I have carefully taken notes and Google in front of my face.
We simply made a personal decision, after educating ourself fully on the subject.... When I say fully, I mean fully. I read both "sides of the story". I compared the benefits vs. the risk, I read articles of those that were convinced that vaccination was 100% right-to-do, and articles of those that were 100% convinced that vaccinations should NEVER be given. I found a happy middle ground, and settled into it.
(Funny enough- I started out my "research" to prove my friend wrong in her personal decision to decline vaccinations.)
So we do not vaccinate; and that's that..... we sign our "religious" waiver for the school's records, and we're good to go. No issues.
As a very important side note:
One fear that I had when facing the decision as to whether I would be a working mom or a stay at home mom was insurance, (or the lack of). We took a dive into faith when we decided that I would be a stay-at-home mommy to our children, but not with our prayer and a boat load of "what if's". Regarding insurance, I believe we were promised supernatural health when we submitted to my being a stay at home mom.
I heard the Lord say it loud and clear in my spirit, and so it was, and so it is. That's what I like to call
"Crazy Faith". You tell people this sort of thing, and they think you're super-crazy.
Our girls are, indeed, supernaturally healthy. I don't mean to say that none of them never experience a common cold, or a stomach virus, or the like. What I do mean to say is that we can accept the promise to their supernatural health, but understand that with God's promises- our efforts are also required!
We don't assume that if we were to feed our kids McDonald's everyday, and sugar for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, that we'd reap the rewards of health..... I do, however- assume that if we use wisdom and allow God to direct us in our convictions- that we will reap those rewards. And we surely have!!!
Wisdom plays a huge role in following our convictions. If small pox were to become an epidemic- I wouldn't stand firm on our decision without first seeking out wisdom. I'd study the disease, I'd research everything available to be researched, I'd pray, and then we would discern the right choice for our family.
Quacky or Cookey, or Looney or Weirdo are all great words to peg on us, as a family, regarding many of our convictions. We make choices very far away from the world's standards. But we are totally OKay with it. We know what's right for us.
I want to encourage every one and say again:
It really is OK to swim upstream, to go against the flow..... to be OURSELVES....
None of us are the same as each other; nor should we hope to be.
Some of us are heads, some of us are arms, some are legs, or feet, or big toes......
We aren't designed to conform; we weren't created to be the same. We're all made unique!
We're ALL weird!