A few weeks ago, when he was getting her some milk, he took a drink of it and from the other room I heard him exclaim, "Oh my God!" I asked what was wrong and he said, "This milk is DELICIOUS! It tastes like milk used to taste." ha! It was Lily's organic milk.
This taste test has prompted him to read more about organic milk. That's how he operates and I love him for it...especially the teacher in me. :) Lifelong learners.
What people choose to do with their milk is their own decision. I was surprised by his reaction and glad he tastes the difference.
He sent me an article comparing the two. That article prompted some other health discussions about Lily and her reaction to her amoxicillin.
We have been very lucky to have a baby who is rarely sick. She has had a couple colds and one previous ear infection in her life--really not getting sick until she was 8 months old. Prior to the last few weeks, she had had only one antibiotic and it was for also for an ear infection.
I am not one to give medicine to my kids everytime they cough, sneeze or fart. I believe that immune systems need to be built as well as what they're given genetically. I'm not a sickly person. Headaches, yes. I get 'em. Since I've moved to Pittsburgh, I've gotten sick a couple times a year, but I am not afflicted with every cold, cough, or sneeze that comes through my door.
What do I attribute that to? Well, a lot of things, but my brothers are both like this as well. So, since the three of us grew up in the same house where our parents didn't run us to the doctor for the common cold, we didn't take medicine everytime we sneezed, our bodies learned to fight off those things. Given we're all teachers too, I'd say being exposed to all of those coughs, sneezes and handshakes each year helped as well.
I don't give my children medicine at every turn either. It worked for my parents. And it's working for us.
My husband grew up differently. He tends to get sick pretty easily.
Andrew stays pretty healthy. His is like clockwork. Seasonal allergies which can lead to asthmatic issue, but doesn't always. He has had allergies since he was 2 years old and when he was little, it brought on serious breathing issues before we knew what was going on.
We stay preventative and proactive with his health. He typically misses about
2-3 days of school a year. Funny enough, it tends to be the end of January or beginning of February. Each year we think we'll make it for perfect attendance and wham, no such luck.
I'm lucky to have healthy children. I choose to vaccinate them.
I choose, based on Andrew's personal health history, to get him a flu shot each year. I have carefully chosen his pediatricians in Tennessee, Arizona and Pennsylvania based on his personal needs with regard to his breathing. He and Lily actually see different pediatricians in the same office. He likes his and at nearly 12, when he needs to see a doctor, that's important to me. I see no reason to change him just because Lily sees one that I love for her.
I have friends that do not vaccinate. I think this is a very personal choice and it's not mine to make for anyone other than my own children.
Well, now you know there's always an element of disagreement when dealing with our blended family. 'Cause for heaven's sake, we couldn't possibly do anything right.
We prescribe to the same method of not giving medicine for colds especially. Having a runny or stuffy nose isn't cause for running to the doctor or always medicating in our home and that's ok with us. It's just how we do things.
I mentioned that Reagan had a cold last week that had been hanging on. No fever. Just runny then stuffy nose. She played outside, normal temperament, wasn't anymore tired than normal, etc. You know, just the typical cold. She tends to get sick every year at the beginning of the school year and it hangs on for awhile. I don't know how much she washes her hands at school, but she's good about it at home.
This cold hasn't rendered her unfunctional. She's not gone to the nurse at school, complained at home, hasn't run a fever, so we deal with her having a cold and we function. That's it. No biggie.
I'll continue to raise children in my home the way my husband and I agree about it regardless of whether someone disagrees. My home. Organic or not. Vaccinations or not. Medication or not.
Now, excuse me while I go drink some delicious organic milk with my pumpkin roll.