Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Proud of America

When I fed the kids in the middle of the night on Tuesday night and pumped afterward I couldn't resist turning on CNN to check the election results.  While my politics are rather fiscally conservative (taxes are my biggest issue) I have to say that I am proud that American citizens showed they will vote for a qualified candidate without regard to his race or name origin.  I also thought it was interesting that when Condoleezza Rice congratulated President-Elect Obama she called him and herself "African-American".  While it is true for him (since his dad was Kenyan) most of my black friends prefer to be called "black" - some because they are from the Caribbean, others because they are not "African-American" - just "American". 

The media has christened this the new "Camelot".  I hope if not much gets done in the first 100 days people aren't too disillusioned as they were when Kennedy was elected.  As the parliamentary system can attest - just because you have the majority and leadership position doesn't mean that your policies will be enacted.  Filibustering and other checks and balances are there for our protection.  Husband and I were discussing how the biggest impact Obama will make is to appoint a number of vacancies on appeals courts and likely one or two Supreme Court justices will retire.  That is influence that will carry on far beyond his presidency.  

In case you were wondering how our two month doctor's visit went: 

Ned is now the older and bigger brother. He weighed in at 10 lbs, 6 oz, is 22.5 inches long and his head is 15 inches circumference. Penny was 9 lbs, 5 oz, 22 inches and 14.5 inches respectively.

Because Penny has proven her courage with ear test and tongue clipping I had Ned get his shots first knowing full well that it probable meant Penny would take it worse. Which is what happened but both kids did pretty well and weren't crying by the time we got into the car. Special thanks to Helen who helped out since Husband couldn't leave his new job.

They are going to give them a combo shot and the rotavirus oral vaccine. I've heard mixed things on it and my pediatrician does not require it if I don't want to.  Thoughts? 


Liz Jimenez said...

Wow, Ned, packing it on! How funny that he's doing a little come-from-behind on the size front. :-) You never know the ways in which they're going to switch things up on you!

As for the vaccinations, we got those same ones last year. Didn't have any issues. Admittedly, I haven't really researched the whole vaccine debate and decided to just go with my pediatrician's recommendations. We haven't had any adverse reactions. Aside from the screaming for the shots, of course.

Oh, and what I learned at the two-month visit... don't dress them in your favorite shirts. Because sometimes the shots make them bleed a bit, and then you stain the shirt. Hooray for OxiClean. Poor Daniel.

Nancy said...

Go for the vaccines. Mike does all the research in our house (I know, put your surprised face on...). His take on the whole thing is why would you NOT vaccinate your kids if it's available. We did it all with all of 'em and haven't had any troubles (yet).

Logan just got 3 shots on Tuesday. What a trooper.

Oh and I left a little something for you on my blog :)

Donna said...

Get the rotavirus oral vaccine, it is so worth it. We had a bout of it the first year my first son was born. You will think you are dying, if you get it. They fixed the problem with the first generation of the rotavirus oral vaccine and it no longer causes the side effects anymore.

10 lbs of awesome in a 5 lb bag said...

Your husband has a new job? Does that mean that he's done with the old boss, who didn't want him to take any paternity leave?