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Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Thursday
May192011

Twofer

A couple things I wrote this week that I'd love to hear your thoughts about. Vaccinations. Who knew there was such drama? Not I, said the ignorant mother who vaccinates.
Call me ignorant, I guess. It just never seemed like an issue in my family. My mom was vaccinated, I was vaccinated, both my children are being vaccinated. Simply put, I thought Measles, Chicken Pox, Rubella and Hepatitis B were all bad things and vaccinations were good things that helped us eradicate horrible diseases like the aforementioned and others like Polio and Small Pox that have killed or disfigured hundreds of thousands of children.
It's one thing I'm babbling about today. I'm also still yammering about my boobs. As in, I think I'm done nursing. But how do you know when it's really time to wean?
I was all set to write a post explaining why I decided I’m done and this whole list of justifications for those reasons, but I’m not going to do that. It’s silly that I feel the need to explain myself, but that’s what this whole culture surrounding breastfeeding has done to women – made them feel like they owe an explanation if they don’t want to (or, like me, choose to stop) breastfeeding.
It's another thing I'm babbling about today.