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  1. My seven year old son LOVES reading- he is a voracious reader and will read anything he can get his hands on. His favorites have been Harry Potter (he is just finishing book two, and we will stop him after that for now as the books get darker in nature), The Chronicles of Narnia, and he also loves more twaddley books like Dog Man and Captain Underpants. He is learning cursive (so far, he hates it), is on 3a of Singapore Math. He does NOT love Math, but he is very good at it. He loves science, nature and the outdoors. As for cartoons, his favorites are Teen Titans and Gumball. He also loves Minecraft (though were severely limit his access to any electronics) and LEGO. He spends a lot of time riding his bike and hanging out with his dog. He also loves his PE class where he can hang out with all of his friends for a couple of hours.
  2. This isn't new at all. I've been searching Facebook users using phone numbers for years 😂 it used to be standard that you could search anyone who had used their phone number to register, but now they can block it as a user from allowing others to see it.
  3. We are an East Coast family and travelled for everything- but by car. A 13 hour trip several times a year was seen as no biggie, but we *NEVER* flew. Ever. My first flight was with my now-husband when we were teenagers and his family took me on a month-long trip to California with them! That was culture shock. We did vacations growing up, but we stayed with family typically and rarely had reason to stay in a hotel. That's probably why my husband is more okay with me going than I am! 😁
  4. Her family- parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents that I was always close to growing up and still see occasionally. They are all a blast.
  5. If we could drive to include my whole family, I would- but it's almost 3k miles away from home. I know I would have a blast with my mom, and my friend's family, who has always been a second family to me. But the cost makes me struggle. My husband will tell me to do it no matter the cost, but I am the numbers person in our house and the cost just makes me gasp.
  6. oh YES! That is a huge part of it, too- getting to spend time with my mom. We moved away from our home town a couple years ago, and rarely get to spend time together now. I would love to tack on more days, but as it is, my husband will be taking 2 days off of work to be home for our children and can't afford to miss more because he will be getting ready to start a big trial. I wish we could add on more!
  7. As of right now, the price just for my portion of the hotel and my airfare is 1200. Food, wedding gift, etc. will bring that up, which is why I'm struggling. Once I get over 1k, my brain starts spinning over the decision.
  8. My husband's parents are typically that way- it makes it very easy to accept travel invitations! But my parents are poor, and it will be a stretch for my mom to be able to go, too. But their expenses are far lower than ours, they have no kids at home and both of them work, so she will make it work as long as I'm going.
  9. I am having a dilemma and would like to see what other people would do in my situation. My childhood best friend, who was also the MOH in my wedding is getting married. We aren't very close anymore (because, life), but I love her to death, have known her since birth and our families are still very close friends. It's going to be a pretty amazing wedding in an amazing venue and my mom and I were planning on going and splitting hotel cost, etc. After pricing flights (the cheapest flights,with several layovers and overnight flying- ugh!), I am wondering if I'm crazy to spend this much for two nights away. (Of course, I'd love to say that money is no object, and that I'd go no matter what. But realistically, we are a single income family in a HCOL area and we don't have money flowing freely). If you were in a similar situation, how much would you be okay with paying for a flight and two nights in a hotel to go to your childhood BFF's wedding?
  10. No, that's not how ANY of this works. The second vaccine boosts the number of people who are immune. It works this way for *any* multi-shot series. Chickenpox, MMR, etc. There is a reason why there is more than one vaccine in those series (and it isn't because physicians delivered improperly stored vaccines, that's not how the vaccine schedule works) There is a lot of literature explaining the reasoning, but this is an easy and interesting abstract. "Despite high vaccine coverage, single-dose measles immunization programs have been unsuccessful in eliminating measles. Primary vaccine failures caused by the interference of maternal antibody have been a primary cause of continued circulation of the virus [1]. Levels of maternal antibody in the child decline with age, with a corresponding decline in the probability of primary vaccine failure. In contrast to most Canadian jurisdictions, where measles vaccine has been given routinely at 12 months of age, some other countries have long recommended measles vaccination at 15 months of age (e.g., USA) or later (e.g., Sweden) in an attempt to minimize this type of vaccine failure. However, even delay of the initial vaccination has not been sufficient to eliminate measles. Based on the results of serologic studies that showed that most children who do not respond to the first dose of measles vaccine will develop a good antibody response to a second dose [1], many countries (e.g., Canada, UK, and USA) have decided to switch to two-dose immunization schedules. The improved protection afforded by two doses of measles vaccine is well documented in countries where two-dose schedules have been implemented for many years and where measles has been virtually eliminated [2]."
  11. Monovalent MMR components are actually unavailable anywhere in the world from what I most recently read. They aren't made at all, anywhere at this point in time (it's been in the last 5 years that this is the case).
  12. Honestly, I totally agree with you that the discussions need to happen outside of the scope of the child's well visit. The state of health care today is that medical providers (in all offices I have worked and taken my children to) typically have a sick and a well check even 15 minutes. This leaves them 7.5 to a max of 15 minutes per patient (if the sick visit wasn't utilized by a sick patient). They do not have enough time to discuss vaccines at-length. At the previous pediatric office I worked at (that I miss so much for my own children! Our new pediatric practice doesn't compare), they scheduled appointments with parents called "conferences" to discuss concerns that would take longer than a normal visit. It's been my experience that doctors are happy to answer any/all questions I have, but I certainly would switch doctors or even practices if that weren't something that they would do- they are in the wrong field if they are going to get angry at patients for normal questions. On the other hand, I have seen very up close and personal, lines of questioning and threats (I have literally been assaulted by a parent who didn't want his child vaccinated whose mother chose to vaccinate anyway) that would be far better served by the parent going to the therapist and dealing with anxiety/aggression issues over an hour long appointment there as well. Truly though, if a physician is unwilling to answer basic questions, there is a serious problem with that physician.
  13. Yes, that's why I clearly included "vaccine HESITANT" in my post. I didn't forget to include people who fall into your category. Reading my entire (short) post may have saved you a few minutes in replying to something I already covered.
  14. This would be a non-issue in our neighborhood (and seriously, if this was bad to you, you'd be horrified of my own childhood :-D), but if I was super concerned, I'd have walked with the girls instead of driving ahead and showing up at their house to chat with their mom. That, to me, doesn't show worry for their well-being and safety on their walk home.
  15. Since this was discussed early in the conversation coming from vaccine-hesitants or anti-vaxxers, relaying that the autism/vaccine relation not even being a "thing" for anti-vaxxers anymore. Here it is loud and clear- it is obviously still a "thing" amongst those who do not vaccinate.
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