I have always wanted to be a mum and by the time I was in my late 20s I was starting to think it was never going to happen, but, yay, 7 years later and I am a happy but tired mum of 3 beautiful children.
Motherhood has been everything I dreamed of and a lot more. It has also been a billion times more difficult that I’d ever imagined.
The baby days are hard and I don’t think you really appreciate them until they are over. One piece of advice I’d give to a new mum is make the most of every moment because they race by so quickly. Focus on the present rather than looking ahead to the next milestone!
My post is now going to take a serious turn: immunisations.
I feel very strongly that all children should be immunised unless a medical condition prevents it. There is a little boy at my daughter’s school who has cancer. He is at serious risk if he comes into contact with diseases that can be immunised against.
I understand that parents want choice but the parents of this child had no choice. Cancer is indiscriminate.
The whole point of immunisation is for the greater good. I would never forgive myself if my unimmunised child led to the illness or even death of another. I don’t have the right to make that choice, to put my child above another.
As a parent it is awful to see you child suffer especially as the result of your decision to get them immunised but the usually mild and temporary symptoms following the jabs are nothing compared to the fear and heartbreak of having a seriously ill child. Yes, in a perfect world I would prefer my babies to have been older when they had their injections but they have no memory of it and have all been fine. There have been no proven links between immunisations and health conditions.
I know this subject elicits strong emotion but for the protection of ALL children please get your child’s immunisations up to date. All our babies depend on it…