Why We Vaccinate + And a Vaccines Save, Bro T-Shirt Giveaway

By August 11, 2015 Giveaways , Discounts and Reviews, Le Guppy, Motherhood

When my daughter was born in July of 2010, San Diego was smack dab in the middle of a whooping cough, or if you want to get technical Pertussis , outbreak and a handful of newborn babies had died. I can remember Harper’s pediatrician bent over her little clear plastic bassinet, carefully unswaddling her to listen to her heart, tucking her back into her standard issue blue and pink striped blanket and turning to me, asking if I had received a booster shot to bolster my immunity. Apparently, adult caregivers are often unknowing carriers. I could tell she was ready to defend her position and when I told her the nurse practitioner had already come in and showed her the bandaid on my upper arm, she seems surprised.

Vaccines have been a hot topic for at least the last 5 years but recently, the topic has become national news.   IFLScience.com recently reported  some schools in LA have a vaccination rate that is on par with  war torn countries in Africa such as the Sudan where medical attention is scarce.   There is a good bet that statistics like that, along with ongoing pertussis outbreak and the Disneyland measles epidemic were catalysts for the new California vaccine law that’s been working it’s way through the state’s legislature for the past few months. Fueled by a now debunked study from the 1990’s linking the MMR vaccine to autism and a generation of people who don’t remember a world overrun by polio, the anti-vaccination movement has obviously picked up steam.

Since birth, Harper has been on a pretty standard vaccine schedule and is up to date and ready to start kindergarten in two days without any attempt at an exemption. We vaccinate for myriad of reasons.

My child is part of a greater whole. She is an ever increasing and active part of society. Soon she will be going to a public school with 600 other children . She frequents stores where she makes a goal of touching every single shiny, sparkly and/or colorful thing in a 50 foot radius.  She goes to swim class and dance class every week. We take her on planes, trains, and in automobiles to places all over the world. She is a patron of the city and county library systems. We even take her to Disneyland.  As parents, my husband and I feel it is necessary to act in the best interest of the world we live in and the people lucky enough to come into contact with all of us. Not spreading dangerous communicable diseases is part of that mantra. Participating in herd or community immunity allows us to decrease the likelihood of an epidemic in our community.

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For most healthy people, vaccines are relatively safe; Extreme adverse reactions from vaccinations are very rare. But some people can’t be vaccinated for actual medical reasons.  My brother is a prime example. He had leukemia three times as a kid and because of his suppressed immune system he could not receive any vaccinations from the time he was seven until he started college. For a child with a disease like cancer, common colds and losing teeth and scraped knees become complicated and at times potentially fatal situations.  Diseases that are vaccinated against are even more dangerous.

Perhaps this one goes without saying but I don’t want her to end up maimed or killed by an easily preventable disease.  My mom guilt is already heavy enough without having to watch Harper suffer through life in the iron lung. I trust Harp’s pediatrician, the one who has kindly answered every frenzied email and voicemail I’ve ever left. I trust science in it’s monotonous repeatability and I trust history enough to know that we should embrace medical innovation over small pox.

For those with like minded approaches to childhood vaccinations, Wire & Honey has graciously offered to host a giveaway featuring one of their super cute Vaccines Save, Bro! t-shirts. The winner will receive one of these shirts in the color and size of their choice. Size and color choices are subject to availablity.

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10 Breakfast Ideas for Rushed Weekday Mornings

By August 10, 2015 Food and Recipes

My whole life I’ve heard how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for the most part I’ve skipped it (Sorry Harp, do as I say, not as I do). It jump starts our metabolism and turns on our brains. Add that to the fact that my kid wakes up hangry on the daily and the pressure to make sure she eats before that 7:45 tardy bell has me a little worried. My plan is to have my breakfast game strategized well before that 6 o’clock alarm pulls my resistant body from a peaceful slumber.  Our go to make ahead freezeable breakfast is pancakes. It’s rare to open up our freezer and not see a big bag of these just waiting to be eaten. They are easy to make in large batches, freeze really well and are ready to go with just a 45 second nuke in the microwave.

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Our favorite are these blackberry sour cream pancakes. Check out the link for what you need to make them. Freezing them is easy. Simply lay them out on a baking sheet in a single layer and let them freeze, then wrap then throw them into a ziploc bag. I wrap stacks of 5 or 6 in wax paper to keep the freezer burn at bay.

Some Other Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas:

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Zucchini Carrot Pecan Bread via Prevention RD

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Smoothie Packs via The Earthy Mama

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Mason Jar Oatmeal via Creme de la Crumb

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Muffin Tin Frittatas
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Strawberry-Banana-Baked-Oatmeal-Singles-3aTo Go Friendly Oatmeal via Organize Yourself Skinny

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Greek Yogurt and Fruit Popsicles via Dessert for Two

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Breakfast Quesadilla via Oh My Veggies

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Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches via Damn Delicious

What are you secret school morning make ahead recipes? What about something quick enough to make the morning of?

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The Back to School Nitty Gritty + A TrulySanctuary Hoodie Giveaway

By August 9, 2015 Giveaways , Discounts and Reviews, Le Guppy, Motherhood

A while back I made the decision to focus Deleting the Adjectives  on no BS narratives about parenting and making the world a better place for our kids to grow up in . Part of that story is the everyday stuff, the buck up, grit your teeth and do it stuff. Making the monotony easier to suffer through by becoming more efficient leaves room for more conversations, more memories, and more sleep.

I’ve been told that Back to School time is a stressful one for a lot of parents. After a summer of fluid schedules and bedtimes, buckling back in to an everyday can be rough. I wouldn’t know because this is my first back to school, but I can honestly say that as it quickly approaches, I can feel my anxiety ramping up to Xanax inducing levels. For the next week I will be making and sharing my school year game plan so I spend less time locked in the bathroom, rocking back and forth, and more time doing in important stuff when my kid is home.

So, this is the beginning of back to school week here at DTA. We will be talking school gear, school lunches, school hair, and quick after school dinners amongst other things.  I’d love to have seasoned parents chime in with there tips and tricks for an efficient, stress free school year. What mistakes have you made? What genius life hacks do you have to share?

For now, here’s a summer reading assignment for you. Actually, these are just some interesting articles about school, schooling, and the way humans learn.

Two Thirds of US Fourth Graders Can’t Actually Read:  Well that’s disconcerting. A study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that many children don’t have proficient reading skills by the time formal reading instruction ends in most schools. The article outlines all the details including which kids are most at risk.

Free Play is A Okay :  We are down with the free play school of thought in our house but what do you think? Are kids too scheduled these days? Have parents forgotten that kids learn by doing?

This is What Happens When Test Scores Trump Education : This was a hot topic last year. A school is Atlanta fudged their test scores to meet standardization requirements for funding. It takes a look at the role standardized testing plays in modern public education.

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To kick off Back to School week here at DTA, we are giving a way a TrulySanctuary kid’s hoodie in Navy or Pink. Sizes and colors of subject to availability.  . Big thanks to TrulySanctuary for sponsoring this giveaway for Deleting the Adjectives readers. All the details are below. The giveaway ends on August 23rd at 9:00 PM Pacific Time.
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Dads Don’t Babysit, They Parent

By August 7, 2015 Family and Friends, Guy <3, Motherhood, Women's Rights

I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard a dad tell someone he was babysitting his own kid . “On Saturday I was babysitting Sally and Dick so my wife had time to actually take a shower this week.” Or heard someone else refer to a father caring for his own child as the babysitter.

No. Just no. If you are the father and/or legal guardian of said child you are not babysitting.  According to the current edition of the Merriam Webster dictionary babysit is a verb that means “to take care of a child while the child’s parents are away.” Therefore, it is impossible to babysit your own child. The time  fathers spends with their kid(s),  filling plates or wiping butts, playing legos and lava boat, or making them sit in the corner to think about why they should not lick strangers is actually, is in fact called parenting.

It’s all semantics though right? Well semantics are important. The minutia of language directs how our brains translate and store information. When a dad says he is babysitting his child he removes the permanency of that status and of his  long term responsibility. When you create a person or bring a child into your home via adoption you are responsible for that person at least until they turn 18 years old and are legally an adult.   Babysitting has a finite amount of time associated with it. An hour, for the night, a weekend. Parenting, on the other hand, is a state of being that begins on the very first day your child is with you and ends when you die. Seriously, it’s like a spit shake and spit shakes are for life.

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Insinuating that dads are simply second-rate fill ins to the proper and natural parent, the mom, is sexist to both men and women. The message I get as a woman and mom is women should be at home with their kids and when I can’t or won’t my partner is a simply a temporary stand-in replacement; one who is not qualified to keep a five year old busy and well-maintained. As if leaving a child with their father is actually a somewhat reckless act that will result in a crater where my house used to stand or a starved, maimed child upon my return. Left her with Dad? Might of well just left her with matches and a full tank of gasoline. It also implies all the difficult parts of child-rearing, like cleaning up vomit and late nights and painfully early mornings are deeply intrenched in the act of motherhood but not a regular part of fatherhood.

The message my husband get’s is that despite his ability to be competent in nearly every other aspect of his life, he is not actually capable of doing any parenting by himself; that the time he spends alone with the kid(s) is a dangerous tight rope act. One that will surely end in a terrible act of incompetence for which he will be punished upon my arrival back to a home that looks as though the Beastie Boys fought for their right to party in the living room…and the bathroom…and the kitchen…and the hall closet.  Or that it’s okay for everything to go to hell while I’m away because domestic stuff isn’t his natural born wheelhouse anyway.

Everyone ends up getting sold short. Men are not too stupid or clueless to parent. Women have lives outside of their role as a mom.

Kids are not check boxes to be marked complete. Calling it babysitting gives parenting a negative connotation, usually in front of the children being cared for. “Stuck babysitting the kids tonight huh? And you’re not ever getting paid. Well at least they are cute.” That is an actual quote that a dude said to another dude in the checkout line at our local grocery store. In the dad’s defense, he looked pretty stunned.

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My husband is actually a really good dad who can handle Harp and  a load of dishes all at the same time. And I think most dads, if given the chance and the expectation of active participation would show up and do all the gross stuff with much less pushing and pulling. What do you think?  Should we stop calling it babysitting?

I also wanted the guys perspectives on this so I decided to interview my husband and ask him how he feels. If it goes well, a few friends have graciously volunteered to let me pick their brains about dadding and their Adventures in Babysitting (Just Kidding!). If you are interested in being interviewed in regards to why and how dad’s are so much more than babysitters email me at [email protected]

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