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2 Month Update/Vaccines Part 1

Baby is holding her head up, sitting assisted and even rolled over (from tummy to back). She smiles often and laughs occasionally. She enjoys her Daddy’s company as well as mine. She also loves the attention she gets from her older sisters.

It’s back to the CDC website to look up what vaccines are recommended for two month old babies. There are a total of six shots recommended https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html

First up is the second dose of Hep B. Since my baby is not at risk for contracting Hep B we decided not to vaccinate at birth.

The second vaccine is against Rotavirus. There are two different ones administered. The Rotarix which is a two dose series and the RotaTeq which is a three dose series. This is actually administered orally not through a shot.

So what is Rotavirus? According to the CDC website the symptoms are “severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Vomiting and watery diarrhea can last from 3 to 8 days. Additional symptoms may include loss of appetite and dehydration (loss of body fluids), which can be especially dangerous for infants and young children.” Mostly babies and small children contract this disease and may contract it multiple times. Both natural infection and vaccines fail to protect fully against all future infections. The main risk is dehydration which can land babies and small children in the hospital as they tend to get dehydrated much quicker. https://www.cdc.gov/rotavirus/about/symptoms.html

Rotavirus is spread through the stool of those infected. It is mostly spread by families, hospitals or daycares. Washing hands does not always prevent the spread of rotavirus. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/child/rotavirus.html

What are the side effects of the vaccine? “Side effects are rare, usually mild, and may include fussiness, fever, and diarrhea. Some studies have shown a small rise in cases of intussusception within a week after the first or second dose of rotavirus vaccine. Intussusception is a type of bowel blockage that is treated in a hospital. Some babies might need surgery. Studies estimate a risk ranging from about 1 intussusception case in every 20,000 infants to 1 intussusception case in every 100,000 infants after vaccination.” https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/child/rotavirus.html

What is in the vaccines? RotaTeq ingredients: sucrose, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, sodium hydroxide, polysorbate 80, cell culture media, fetal bovine serum, vero cells [DNA from porcine circoviruses (PCV) 1 and 2 has been detected in RotaTeq. PCV-1 and PCV-2 are not known to cause disease in humans.] Rotarix ingredients: amino acids, dextran, Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium (sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, ferric (III) nitrate, sodium phosphate, sodium pyruvate, D- glucose, concentrated vitamin solution, L-cystine, L-tyrosine, amino acids solution, L-250 glutamine, calcium chloride, sodium hydrogenocarbonate, and phenol red), sorbitol, sucrose, calcium carbonate, sterile water, xanthan [Porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV-1) is present in Rotarix. PCV-1 is not known to cause disease in humans.] https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf

Now that we have these facts I have to ask myself if the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. Diarrhea and vomiting does not sound pleasant. But is my baby at risk? Since my baby does not go to daycare, has never been in the hospital and has healthy siblings I don’t think she will contract Rotavirus. There is a slim possibility that I could come across the virus in a public restroom or elsewhere and spread it to my children. What about the side effects of the vaccine (the ones we know about)? My baby could have diarrhea from the vaccine or might be the 1 in 20,000-100,000 to suffer from bowel blockage. That would be awful. Now let me look at some of the ingredients in RotaTeq. Sucrose is sugar and I don’t normally give my babies sugar. Sodium hydroxide is used in unclogging drains and removing paint. Hopefully the amount in the vaccine doesn’t do much harm. Fetal bovine serum is taken from cow fetuses. Where are all the vegans speaking out against this vaccine? I’m not vegan but my husband can’t even bring himself to eat veal. I don’t think he would like the idea of killing baby cows before they are even born. Vero cells come from the kidney of an African Green Monkey. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2657228/ I am fine with consuming some animals but opposed to the idea of consuming cells derived from monkeys. Okay, let me look at the Rotarix to see if I like those ingredients better. Phenol red is a dye. Why is dye in a vaccine? I try to limit the dyes and food coloring in my children’s diet. I don’t let any dye enter my baby. Sugar again. I don’t think sugar in small amounts is that bad if it is from a natural source. Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener and I try to avoid those. Xanthan is controversial. It is used in many foods but some say it is bad for your gut. To be safe I avoid giving processed foods to my babies. Personally, I would rather chance the virus and dehydration that can be treated easily with IV fluids than to give my baby a vaccine filled with junk, that has dangerous side effects, and that may not even work.


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Baby #3 is here!

There is a topic that I wanted to talk about and that is vaccines. I’ve decided to talk about the ones that my baby would be getting at each age if we were following the recommended CDC schedule. Today I want to talk about the Hep B Vaccine which is normally recommended at birth.

Here’s what you need to know about Hepatitis B. I recommend that you pay attention to the part about how Hep B is transmitted and who is at risk.


My biggest question with this vaccine is why do newborns need it? If the mother does not have Hep B then why vaccinate the baby? I don’t know about your baby but mine is not doing drugs or having sex. So I would think that this vaccine could wait until later.

Side effects: Soreness at injection site and fever of 99.9 F or higher that can last 1-2 days.


Personally, I don’t want my precious newborn to deal with fevers in her first few days. I don’t want to end up in the hospital with a feverish newborn. High fevers can cause dehydration for one thing which can be detrimental to a baby’s health.

Now let’s look at what is in the vaccine.

There are two Hep B vaccines for infants to adolescents.

Hep B (Engerix-B): aluminum hydroxide, yeast protein, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate dihydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate

Hep B (Recombivax): soy peptone, dextrose, amino acids, mineral salts, phosphate buffer, formaldehyde, potassium aluminum sulfate, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, yeast protein



I don’t want to inject aluminum or formaldehyde in my baby. I don’t even know what some of the other stuff is.

Bottom line: My baby doesn’t need this vaccine. When she is older she can research all the ingredients and decide whether the risks outweigh the benefits of this vaccine.

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I’m Coming Back

I’ve decided to come back to my blog after being gone for a year. A lot has changed. We’ve moved and we have added another baby to our family who will be born any day now. I have a subject to talk about that is controversial but I will also be making homeschooling updates as well.

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The Biggest Lie About Food

Cooking is so hard. It takes so much time and effort. It’s so expensive to cook from scratch.

These are all lies. Yes, cooking is work but it can be fun as well. Some things will surprise you at how easy they are. For example, I made pickles last week. First I cut up small cucumbers so they would fit in a couple old mason jars. Then I added dill and pickling spices. Next I dissolved a tablespoon of salt into water and poured it into the jars covering the cucumbers. I used cabbage leaves to hold the cucumbers under the brine. I put these jars into a cupboard and thought, “That was easy“. Three days later I had yummy pickles to eat. Why did I think fermenting was so hard? It was super easy.

I’ve been baking our own bread for over a month now. It is easy to take care of sourdough starter and use it to bake bread. Flour, salt, water. That is all it takes to bake bread. Again, way easier than I thought it would be.

There is so much satisfaction in making your own food. I am able to make things from scratch and feel proud of my culinary creations. Cooking is so worth it. I am learning that cooking is a joyful and rewarding process. I’m cooking foods that I love and sharing them with my family.

If you subscribe to Netflix then check out the documentary “Cooked.” It’s pretty awesome.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 20 and Year 1, Week 6

Our Bible story for School Girl was Mary and Martha. School Girl got a coloring page to paint. Busy Girl’s Bible story was Creation. She got to paint the E-Earth worksheet green with a square sponge. That is how you work in the color and shape of the week. Our Bible verses were Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.: and I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

We sang our songs for the week. If You’re Happy and You Know It, Do You Know Who Made the World, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and The Twelve Months of the Year.

Busy Girl used dot markers to decorate the bird (animal of the week) coloring page and we colored the green train car with a crayon.

School Girl did a complete the shapes worksheet and a tracking exercise.

Both girls played with play dough and we went to the park a few times too.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Weeks 18 & 19 and Year 1, Week 5

First I’m going to say that we are skipping the review weeks in the 1 year curriculum. I’m hoping to move along a little faster so we can get on the same weeks eventually.

School Girl’s Bible story was Jesus’ Birth. Her verse was John 3:16a – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. She colored Mary with Baby Jesus. Busy Girl’s Bible Story was David and Goliath. Her verse was Philippians 2:3 (NIV) – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

School Girl completed the 4 seasons trees. She really enjoyed gluing snowflakes, leaves, flowers and fruit on the different trees for each season. She also did a maze printable from the website.

For the review week we worked on Bible verses. I’ve been trying to motivate School Girl by giving her a prize for each verse that she says.

For Busy Girl we had red as the color of the week as well as a dog for the animal. We read Clifford The Big Red Dog. Busy Girl colored the dog printable red as well as the big down arrow for “Goliath fell down”. Together we colored the red train car. Both girls “painted” red triangles with water and played with bubbles.

I’ve been lazy with the books of the week. I’ve not gotten them from the library but I have been reading a lot to both girls.

I’m trying to plan out next year even though I know that we still have a ways to go. I’m thinking of continuing with the 2 year curriculum for Busy Girl. But for School Girl I’m thinking of only doing the Bible portion of the 5 year curriculum and putting the rest of her school work together on my own.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 17 and Year 1, Week 3

I know that it has been a while since I posted about our homeschool. So now it’s time to catch up on the blog posts!

For week 17 School Girl was learning The Hole in the Roof. This story is about the men who brought their bedridden friend to Jesus. They had to make a hole in the roof and lower him down. Those men showed kindness to their friend and also a lot of determination! The Bible verse was Matthew 7:12 – Do to others what you would have them do to you. Busy Girl was learning about The Children and Jesus. Her verse just so happened to be the same as her sister’s. Busy Girl colored the child printable and we glued it to a yellow paper.

We sang Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

We read Little Bear’s Visit.

We read a book about elephants and Busy Girl colored the elephant printable yellow.

We colored the yellow train car and both girls enjoyed painting yellow diamonds with water.

Busy Girl must have read the gross motor activity because she automatically started pushing things around on her own. She likes to empty her toy basket and push it around.