Many of you know that we stopped vaccinating our kids. We get a lot of people who either disagree or ask questions about it and then their doctor makes them feel bad or guilty and end up giving in and vaccinating their children. I'm writing this post to give you our personal reasons for not vaccinating our children. We respect whatever you decide to do and we know that it is a very tough decision.
We stopped vaccinating our children at first because Luke was diagnosed with PDD at age 2. PDD is on the Autism spectrum and it's symptoms are: difficulty using and understanding language, difficulty relating to people, objects, and events; for example, lack of eye contact or pointing behavior, unusual play with toys and other objects, difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings, & repetitive body movements or behavior patterns. Our precious baby boy had all of these symptoms plus more. We were told by a professional that this all could have been caused from vaccinations. From that point on we stopped vaccinating, took him to speech therapy, occupational therapy, feeding group, and also had him on a very strict Chiropractic schedule. That next year I think I cried every single day.... it was awful! After all the intensive treatment he was undiagnosed at age 3. The psychologist was amazed by his improvement and could not believe how far he had come. We were, and are, so proud of him also.
As I researched vaccinations, I found out more and more reasons why they are not safe and actually cause more harm than good. Here are some books I would recommend to read:
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations
by: Stephanie Cave
A Shot in the Dark
by: H. Coulter
Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy
I want you to know that whatever you decide is up to you and we respect your decision. We know that it is a very hard decision and that the medical community looks down upon non-vaccinating parents. We pray that God will lead you in wisdom, to decide what is best for your child. At this time we are confident in our decision. YES, it is very hard to take our kids to their annual pediatrician appointment and YES our medical doctor makes me feel awful as she uses scare tactics every time! YES, she does make me 2nd guess myself, but we have decided for now that not vaccinating is the safest thing for our kids. If the medical community can prove that they are safe and effective then we will reconsider. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
So this morning after visiting the preschools Open House my friend Megan and I headed to McDonald's with the kids. Of course it was 10:00 so they were only serving breakfast. At 1st no one wanted breakfast so I stood in line for a coffee for myself, then Karsten decided he didn't want to wait until 10:30 for lunch and settled for cinnamon melts so back in line I went. Then when 10:30 came around I was in line for the 3rd time.... that's right 3rd time in line in 30 minutes! There I was in line holding Ainsley and she was saying over and over "baby, baby, baby" I turned around and an older lady was standing there with a small child. The lady said "Isn't funny how they think every one's a baby?" I said yep... then I said how old is she.... the lady said, "she will be 2 in September."...... so the conversation was somewhat "normal" for small talk in the McDonald's line.... but then the lady said.... "she is my grad daughter and she lost her mother at 15 months to cancer, she said I have her Mon, Wed, and Fri and her other grandmother has her Tues and Thur and her dad has her on the weekends.... I just stood there and knew at that point God had put me in line for the 3rd time for a reason.... then I said I'm so sorry... the lady went on to tell me that the little girl's name was Elizabeth and they call her Libby. Then she started to cry... so there we are in the line.... all I could think is... Do I cry with this lady I don't even know??? Do I pray for her??? I just stood there and listened as she told me all the details..... I felt like at that time God wanted me to just listen.
So would you please lift this family up in prayer..... it was a total shock to everyone in the family.... she was only 36 years old and totally healthy one day and diagnosed and died 2 weeks later. I didn't get the lady's name but the precious baby's name is Libby.... God know why I was standing in line at that very moment and I'm certain that there was a "reason" for all of this to take place..... when have I ever stood in line 3 times in 30 minutes at McDonald's???
Our almost 7 year old lost her top tooth while we were at Disneyland. She was eating a Big Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich when it came out. We found it stuck in the ice cream.
Now she thinks she can only drink through a straw and only eat super soft food. Hopefully she gets over that soon because it is a real pain. She is getting so big, I can't believe she will be seven next month.
So the boys needed a hair cut.... and of course Karsten wanted a Mohawk....so while I was at a Birthday Party with Addisyn they got their hair cut. Daddy did a great job! The looks that we get and the comments people say is too funny.... especially spending the last 3 days at Disneyland!