Monday, June 27, 2011

3 going on 14

Today I told Flora to clean her room. She grunted, stormed off in a huff and then threw herself on her bed in protest. After a few minutes of moping on her bed she began to clean. She picked up maybe 3 toys before coming out to the living room huffing and puffing to declare that she was "too exhausted to clean." Is my three-year-old supposed to act like a teenager?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I hate vaccines.  Really I do.  Every time Flora gets shots something goes wrong. When she was little they would keep her from sleeping and having a decent poop for weeks.  And she would cry, oh would she cry. As she's getting older they still affect her sleep and bowel movements but a new, even less desirable side effect has surfaced.  She gets really irritable and agressive. What do I mean?  I mean she has melt downs over nothing and hits and kicks for no reason.  Nothing makes her happy and she takes it out in very inappropriate ways.  This is not normal for my sweet little girl who may be strong willed but usually manages to maintain her composure.

I don't mean this behavior exists the day she gets the shots or even just the day after.  I mean she got vaccines on June 6th and today I was still dealing with these behavior issues.  (Yes Flora is still getting vaccines at 3. I got her almost all of her shots but never more than 2 at a time.  I don't believe giving a small child 6 vaccines at a time could possibly be OK.)  Sometimes I wonder why I continue to get her shots.   Plenty of people are forgoing vaccines for lesser reasons.  

The only reason I continue to get her vaccines is craniosacral therapy.  A friend recommend it after a particularly bad round of shots sometime before Flora's first birthday.  I didn't understand how it worked and I was skeptical but decided to give it a try anyway.  I am here to tell you that I still don't understand how it works but it does.  It's like magic.  Flora had a session today, took a nap and woke up her normal, pleasant, self.  

She didn't collapse into tears when I reminded her that we don't stand on the couch. She took a huge poop, her first decent bowel movement since shots over a week ago. She ate dinner, vegetables and all, without screaming, spitting out food or any other inappropriate table antics.  

If you are experiencing any behavior issues with your child, whether related to vaccines or not, I highly recommend you look into craniosacral therapy.  It's my understanding that it helps not only in situations like mine but also with ongoing emotional issues, learning disabilities and sensory issues. 

Have you ever had problems with vaccines? Have you ever tried craniosacral therapy? 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June First

We just returned from a short trip to California.  It was great. Flora ran around in shorts and a t-shirt and I got a sunburn.   Today is June first and when Flora woke from her nap she said: "Brrrrr. It's freezing. Turn the heat on. It's cold in Oregon." That about sums it up.

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