Saturday, March 8, 2014


We have a tradition in our family that whenever someone gets a shot (or shots), we let them choose between getting donuts or ice cream.  It was Johnathon's turn to get 3 immunization shots, and let me tell you:  he was impressive!

No one likes getting shots, right?  He was a little freaked out when they first mentioned shots.  It's been a few years since he's had to have any, but then we talked about how we have choices about how we'll respond and how we respond can often affect our experiences.  We talked about how if we get really tense when we get shots, it actually can make it more painful, but taking deep breaths can make it a bit better.  BUT, I reminded him that it was entirely HIS choice how he wanted to respond.  Then I sat down and continued the discussion with our wonderful pediatrician.  Meanwhile, Johnathon CHOSE to watch a BrainPop video on Immunizations. 

When the nurse came in to give Johnathon his shots, Johnathon was totally calm, smiling and really did SUPER!  I was amazed and incredibly proud of him!  Johnathon, being the super intelligent kid he is, recognized by beaming face, and immediately negotiated an extra half hour of computer time AND ice cream.  :)  But, since it was early in the morning, and the HOT sign was on at Krispy Kreme, we stopped by to get a donut and returned to school with the promise of ice cream after school.

After school, Dad suggested picking up all of Johnathon's favorite mix-in's to make homemade shakes at home.  So, that's what we did.  He choose Twix, Butterfingers, hot fudge, caramel syrup, and oreos.  Then he topped his shake with heavy whipped cream and cherries and sprinkles.