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23.5.11

Save The Children-Pass It On


This meme was originally started by Maggy at Red Ted Art and Josie at Sleep Is For The Week.

**Not been tagged??? Take part ANYWAY… do the below and you are away***
**Don’t want to craft, but do want to help? Go straight to point 3 & sign the petition**
The challenge is simple:
1) Get your child to either draw or craft a self-portrait of themselves now or in the future. Check out Maggy’s self-portrait post for some tips to get the littlies interested!
2) Sign the Save the Children petition and then pass it onto your friends
3) Write a blog post about it as soon as possible, including info about Save the Children and the petition. We want as many people linked up AND signed up the petition by Sunday 29th May 2011
4) Tag 8 fellow blogger friends
5) Link up your posts on the blog-hop below or to RedTedArt or Sleep is for the Weak
6) If you have time, visit each other posts and say hello!
I know we are not always fans of “Meme”s and Tags… but don’t forget – memes are a wonderful way to discover new and wonderful blogs. They are a wonderful way to help you build some links and to network with other bloggers… so go on, don’t knock them and take part!

Looking on Facebook I notice other mummies status updates regarding their young children. One that seems to get the most comments is...."XXXXX is taking her baby to get his/her jabs today :-(" Recieved normally with replies of "awwww poor baby. Hope he/she is ok and it doesn't hurt too much."
Being pregnant at the moment and with Charles quickly approaching his second birthday I have been reminising and thinking back to where these last two years have gone, and what we have done, achieved and experienced in that time.
I remember taking Charles for all of his jabs. Most of the time I would end up in tears at my baby being hurt by a needle. We’d come home and prepare for a possible day or two, or in the case of the MMR, 2 weeks, of reactions to the jabs…never something I complained about as being a stay at home mummy I was here 24/7 to comfort him if indeed he did react at all.
The only injections he reacted to was the MMR, it was simply just a temperature with the rash 2 weeks later. Nothing cuddles couldn’t solve.
We received a letter early this year telling us that we were behind with Charles’ vaccinations. I panicked. This was something I’d always kept on top of and had done when we were told to.
I phoned the surgery and was told he hadn’t had a certain vaccination, I was adamant that he had but apparently the system was saying he hadn’t so we were booked in for him to have the vaccinations the next day.
I checked his red book, read it all thoroughly and phoned the surgery, telling them that they must have it wrong, he’d definitely had these vaccinations and he’d had them on time.  The receptionist was quite argumentative so I read out EVERYTHING that was written in the red book. Gave her every reference number I had and told her the initials signed next to each reference number.
She eventually believed what I had said after a long phonecall, and realized that the system simply hadn’t been updated. I felt quite upset as her tone wasn’t the most welcome and she seemed to be judging me and thinking I was putting off having my sons vaccinations. When infact it was the opposite, I didn’t want him having unnecessary ones which had already been carried out!!

During my first pregnancy and now having a child I realize just how privileged we are regarding the NHS.: free medical care, free vaccinations, well trained [in most cases] staff and top quality equipment.

Thinking to baby two, will I panic so much and get as upset when it comes to the vaccinations? No [ok I may still get upset at someone making my baby cry] but I’ll most certainly be looking long term. A day or two, or maybe two weeks of poorliness in exchange for a healthy child protected against these illnesses is so worth it. And not something I would ever consider not getting done.
The 2 seconds of pain from the needle being placed into their skin is worth it. Really worth it. 

This week 3 bloggers/ vloggers are going to Mozambique to follow the journey of a vaccine from the coldstore in the city right down to a rural community. They will write, make films and tweet about their experiences, the children and families they meet and the challenges of “cold” vaccinations in hot countries.

The bloggers going are diverse, Lindsay Atkin (@Liliesarelike) is a hugely popular YouTuber, Chris Mosler (@christinemosler) is an influential parenting blogger and TraceyCheetham (@tchee) is a popular political blogger and recently elected councilor.
Follow all the action in Mozambique on Twitter using the hashtag #PassItOn

I asked Charles what he wants to be when he's older, I expected him to reply with "Pat" thinking great, we can draw a postman. No, he want's to be a train. Not to drive a train. To be a train.
At 23 months, I'm not going to argue with him. I'll let him think he can be whatever he'd like.
This is his drawing of a train. Again, he's 23 months, please do not judge.
Probably already tagged I would imagine but these are my 8 bloggers:
1: The Mummy Life
4: Mumra
5: Him Me and Three
6: Metal Mummy

Today one in five children worldwide receives no vaccines at all – they are the poorest, most marginalised children most at risk of killer illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles.
In this day and age no child should die from a disease that could be prevented by immunisation.
Vaccines save lives. This is the opportunity. Please take it.