Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I scream for Ice-Cream


I had been dreading today for a while. Today was the day Jack had to go for his MMR vaccine. I had been trying to explain the concept of this for a few months, using the term 'jabby' to make it sound less intimidating. Every time I brought it up Jack would get very teary and upset. I had been trying to soften the blow of this unpleasantness with the promise of ice-cream afterwards, but it never did the trick. I wondered how I was going to manage to hold him tight as he got the jabs, and worried I wouldn't be able to sufficiently console him and possibly carry him out of the doctors crying with my great big bump. So, I talked Daddy into putting down his pencils for an hour or two to come with us. 

As we sat in the waiting room this morning, we watched numerous young un's go in for their injections. My husband and I looked at each other in horror as the howls and cries of these poor kids echoed down the corridor. Luckily Jack seemed oblivious as he played with his toy cars. One lady came out in tears, with her upset little boy, and told me how awful it was. My husband and I thought this was going to be even worse than expected!


Well, as it happens, I have one brave little soldier. He sat up on my knee and whimpered quietly at the idea of what was coming. But when it came time, he squeezed in to me tight and we counted the imaginary sprinkles on the ice-cream he would soon be redeeming. His wee voice cracked as the injection entered his arm. Oh the poor pet. But no crying. Surely this was beginners luck? Now he knows what's coming there was no way he wouldn't kick up a stink for jab number two? Well, this time round we counted imaginary marshmallows. Afterwards he rubbed his arm with tears in his eyes and said "That weally hurwt." But that's all. So the title of this post isn't at all accurate and for effect only! There was no screaming. Boy, I was proud. The nurse said he was the best patient she'd had all day. It was only 11am. But still. 

He was awarded a sticker, and a certificate of bravery. But most importantly of all he finally got the much anticipated and oft spoken of ice-cream. It was yum.

 The bravest little kid on the block.

20 comments:

  1. So brave! That's cool that the kids are given a certificate. The last photo of him holding it up proudly is stunning. Thanks for linking again on Amanda's Books and More!

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  2. He is adorable! Have a terrific day.

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  3. He is so darn cute, I love to visit to see what he is up to. Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your day!!

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  4. What beautiful pictures! I love your idea of calling the shot a "jabby" hopping over from the Sweet Shot Tuesday link-up party :)

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  5. I'm just glad we have shots like that now a days. It's much better than getting some of the awful life threatening things one could get.

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  6. There is always room for ice cream!

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  7. Oh, certificate for bravery - that's super cool! :)

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  8. Brave boy! You've captured his delight wonderfully!

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  9. Aww. Jabs are no fun. but he really was a brave little guy!

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  10. How cute and courageous :)

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  11. Wow Jack, congratulations on bravery!! Love those rosey cheeks!
    I didnt want to miss stopping by to say Hi.
    Hope you can stop by and share your this week.

    Enjoy your weekend, Karren

    Happy Day To Fathers Everywhere!!

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  12. Adorable photos as always. What a brave little guy! I can never get over how perfect his curls are!

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  13. I love that first shot. (Oh-no pun intended!!) I was always a chicken and couldn't stand to take my kids in for shots-daddy always had to do it. It was just too much. You DO have a soldier and mom? You deserve a nice cream with sprinkles too!! Visiting from Kim's cafe

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  14. he's so cute..... and so brave..... so happy all went well... adorable photos.

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  15. Ah well done Jack , you earned that ice cream x

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  16. So brave! Congrats =) #mysundayphoto

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  17. Aw what a brave boy Jack! We need to have ours soon, and I am also dreading it a little. They all go through it and I am not one of these Mums who will cry (I hope at least!) but it's not nice putting them through it, especially at age when they are aware- when they are babies they are not nice but at least they don't really get whats going on. My little girl will probably be the biggest wimp known to man- she takes after her Mummy. ;)

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  18. So very cute, sounds like he earn that ice cream

    Thank you for linking up

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  19. Oh your son is gorgeous, what a brave little man! He really did deserve his ice cream. Your photos are beautiful and I haven't come across your blog before - I'm now following on Bloglovin thanks to A) your photos and b) your star and moon background - Lovely, lovely blog! x

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