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    Default Fall/winter babies...

    Anyone else feeling concerned about having a baby at the beginning of cold/flu season? We will all be getting flu shots, but obviously that doesn't protect from every strain of the flu nor from cold viruses like RSV.

    I'm due Nov 15th, but even if baby arrives in Oct we'll be staying home for Thanksgiving. I'm not a total germophobe, lol, but I've had very sick babies before and it's just awful . I told dh he can take all the kids up north to visit family for Christmas and I'll stay home and snuggle baby all day, lol, he didn't think that sounded quite fair .
    Dh (39) Me (37) 8bio 1adopted, 14 angels






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    Not really. This is my second October baby. We flew to Florida for Christmas when he was 8 weeks and plan on doing it again with this little guy. I'll just have to keep DS a little ways away from baby bro since he will be in pre-school.
    Jen (33), DH (36), DS (3), Baby #2 EDD 10/21/14


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    I'm only mildly concerned because DS1 will be starting Kindgergarten in a month. Not super happy about that timing, but what can you do??
    Dorcas (35) DH (36) 3/13



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    Nah I'm not concerned. I am thankful that we are homeschooling and since we selective VAX and not until after 2 years old we generally take preventative measures like keeping babies out of church nurseries, quarantine during outbreaks, me and dh keep up to date on vaccinations. If my older two were in public/private/or daycare I would probably be more concerned with childhood viruses ...with that said we always go through a round of the stomach bug between oct-march...every year. I'm hoping to avoid that if at allllll possible.

    But there is always a risk and I do have to remind myself that I do the best I can and leave the rest to the Lord. Even if that means dealing with sickness or hardship.

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    I just wish people had a little more courtesy and common sense when it comes to illness in themselves and their kids. I totally understand stuff happens, like you go to a bday party and a kid who was fine 10mins ago starts throwing up or you go to the family Christmas gathering and a few days later a family member reports their kid has strep or croup, but it's difficult for me to reconcile when people will medicate themselves and/or their kids when ill then attend social events knowingly exposing babies and elderly people to an illness that could be very severe, or those with cold symptoms who say "it's just allergies" (maybe it is, but I'm not going to take the risk by letting them hold my baby) .

    I take a lot of precautions with my older babies, so having an itty-bitty is making me leery about attending the holiday gatherings. It wouldn't bother me to miss them since the drive is usually pretty bad with MI weather anyway, but I know it means a lot to dh's mom and my mom to have us there.

    Jen, lol, I think I'd have an anxiety attack in an airport with my newborn ! I think it's great you have peace about it though and ha, even I might be willing to brave an airport and family with a newborn if it meant Florida in Dec .

    Dorcas, that is tough, but you're right, there's only so much you can do, really. Hopefully your ds will have a surprisingly healthy school year !
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    Brenda, that's a great perspective !
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    Yes courtesy would be nice. The last time we got the stomach bug was because we were at a party and someone said oh yeah my child threw up twice on the way here. He's feeling warm but we think its just something he ate. Grrrrr thanks...I think every child at that party got sick within the week. I think its plain selfishness on the part of the parents..when in doubt stay home.

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    Im starting to worry about the germ thing too kelly, when my daughter was 3 weeks old we took a trip to spend the holidays with family, all the daycare family members were feeling a bit under the weather, well my son got so sick he could barely open his eyes and my daughter who hadnt gotten her vaccines or anything yet, well she got rs virus and was so sick she needed to be hospitalized, we roomed with a little boy with the same who had to be put on a ventilator...im so paranoid this time and even more so my son is starting a preschool program and im scared to death hes gonna bring home germs to newbie..... Ugh the worry, im gonna have to turn our front hall into a decontamination chambwr hahaha


    Ali (28) dh (28)love since 2006 8 angels who left us too soon

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    I will likely have DS1 come home and change out of his school clothes in the laundry room. Then go directly to the bathroom to wash his hands and face and finally put on 'play clothes' before stopping to see the baby after school.

    We'll see how long that routine lasts ... It sounds like a lot of work.

    At the end of the day I have to remind myself that we can't avoid germs. My DH is a High School English teacher, and while that population isn't quite as well known for spreading germs (like Grade School) he's around a large number of people daily ... Also, when DS1 was born my father lived with us and he worked as a CNA at a Nursing Home, so also large population of people who tend to be sick ...

    I am on the band wagon of people being mad at inconsiderate people, though. Last Christmas my SIL was sick and didn't think it was noteworthy before we showed up for the normal Christmas Eve festivities. Ugh. Luckily no one got sick, but it really ruined the night for me because all I could hear was how sick she was. Blech.
    Dorcas (35) DH (36) 3/13



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