I think it was about two weeks ago that we noticed little spots around The Bean's mouth. He is, of course, a toddler and as such, he doesn't always appreciate being wiped down after meals, so we figured it was just a little bit of irritation from something that got left on his face. Maybe an allergic reaction to the strawberries which he decided he liked again. (For a day.) But the next day it was worse. Our lovely daycare provider said something about it and when we really checked him out we noticed they were not only on his face, but had also spread to his bottom, arms, legs, etc. We called the public health nurse and took him to the doctor. Some sort of viral rash was the "official" diagnosis. Something in the vein of Hand, Foot and Mouth, but as I said, also bottom, and arms and legs. Pretty nasty looking, but apart from the scabby ones on his face, The Bean didn't seem to bothered by it. We kept him home for a couple of days, which was exhausting, but we didn't want him to share it with his friends. Fortunately Sprout seemed immune.
And fortunately it (mostly) cleared up before his ring bearer duties at my brother's wedding. I am not going to get into all the details, but I am so glad that it is over. My brother is married and seems happy. That is what is important, and I can try to forget about the less-pleasant parts. (Number one for me being that our two-month-old had to be babysat in an upstairs room because there were "no children allowed." The upstairs room arrangement only being being offered after many tears. But I said I wasn't going to get into the details, so I'll leave it at that.)
And The Bean LOVED the "violins". He still talks about them.
Later that week The Bean spiked a pretty good fever and had to be kept home for a few days again. Poor kiddo. This time he was feeling it.
I thought we had earned a break, but Sprout is now suffering with her second head cold. (The first having run it's course sometime towards the beginning of all this crazy, but I truly cannot remember exactly when at this point.) It is so sad to hear her snarfling and not be able to help. Those nose aspirators are worthless. I took ours apart and figured out a way to make it work better, but it's still only a temporary relief. We've got her co-sleeper set up on an incline but that doesn't seem to be helping much either. Last night, after being awake forever trying to get her settled, Jen took her out of the room so I could sleep. Poor Jen, I know she is exhausted too, but those few hours of quiet saved me. A nap is definitely on the agenda for today. Though I know she's miserable, Sprout is still such a sweet pea, giving me big smiles when she's awake.
Maybe she knows all this is hard on me too and is trying to make me feel better? In any case, I love her and look forward to her (and her brother) both being well again soon.