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Lil Tip: Mommy Gets a Shot, Too!

If there's one thing my daughter is afraid of it's shots! She knows the second we walk into the doctor's office that she may be pricked at the end of the visit. Anticipating flu season, we both went to get our vaccines and I stumbled upon a trick to ease the torture.

She squirmed in her seat knowing that the small tube of liquid was about to bring on the pain. In an effort to put her at ease, I volunteered to get mine first so I could show her how easy and painless the process really is. The nurse quickly pricked my arm and I said, "Owie! Oops. All gone! It doesn't hurt anymore!" When it was her turn, she took it like a champ. At her two-year doctor's visit, I played pretend and I asked the nurse to "give" me a shot first while my wee one looked on. Like magic, my sweetheart barely squealed when it was her turn. I have a feeling that shrieking shots are a thing of the past — at least until I get my epidural.
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