Monday, February 12, 2007

A Pox on Your House!

Okay, two housekeeping items to get out of the way.

1) I will totally post pics of Aiden's third birthday. I don't have many... and none from Bullwinkles where we went for dinner. (I forgot the camera). But really, they just ooooooed and ahhhhhhhhed at the dancing fountains while the grownups choked down bad food. I just haven't had a chance to download the pics of Athena and me making the cake, and that's the bulk of the pics I have.

2) I will totally post pics of Marcus' brand new, hand crocheted hat that is on it's way here from Arizona as soon as I get it. Hurricane's colors and all. Cannot WAIT.

Now, on to the meat of the post.

There are three infants in Marcus' daycare class. All of them are about the same age and will be moving up to the Wobbler room next month (Wobblers are 12-18 month-olds). I'm hoping that they will all get along and be great friends, forming a rival gang to Athena's posse (split up temporarily as Aiden and Kaeley have already moved on the the threes, but Natalie and Athena don't go until May).

Of course, I wished for that lovely scenario until I realized today that good friends share. And one of the babies in Marcus' class has chicken pox. And Marcus gets his chicken pox immunization in ONE MONTH. And chicken pox is VERY contagious. And it is contagious 1-2 days BEFORE the bumps appear. And this kid just got his bumps today or yesterday (I didn't read the whole information sheet). So the only saving grace is 1-2 days ago was Saturday or Sunday, unless the bumps actually appeared over the weekend sometime, in which case, we're screwed. Here's the best news from the article I linked you to:

Children under one year of age whose mothers have had chickenpox are not very likely to catch it. If they do, they often have mild cases because they retain partial immunity from their mothers' blood.

I had a mad case when I was five. Which was great because I got out of kindergarten for a week. So I've had it and clearly remember the misery of the itching followed by the sheer boredom of those last days when you are waiting for the damn dots to disappear.

But the bad news is, he most certainly will have it. It's so contagious, and these three kids spend LOTS of time together... all up in each others' stuff. If he dodges this bullet, then I'm going to have to start calling him Callel.

9 comments:

Chris said...

Kal El

eaf said...

Great googly moogly. I looked it up and everything.

Of course, my sources weren't the best... obviously.

Bad Mommy Librarian! No cookie!

Jessica said...

Booo to the pox!
Though my kids have seemingly contracted EVERY disease known to man and beast, they have so far escaped the pox. Of course, they both got their immunization also, so that helps.
I'm hypervigilant for the pox. Every tiny red bump...I'm like, oh shit, here we go...but it ends up being nothing.

Thanks for the hot link! I can't wait to see Marcus model the coolest hat ever!

eaf said...

We just got the hat yesterday, and of course, it's like a bazillion degrees here. Okay... not a bazillion, but enough that a hat really would have been way too much. I'll try to sneak a pic tomorrow morning.

Update on the pox... apparently the kid in his class got it from the immunization. Soooo... it's not nearly as contagious (although it IS still contagious). The odds, however, just increased a lot against my little Superman contracting it. Huzzah!

Of course, we're not out of the woods yet...

Amy said...

Oh he's already doped up for the ear infection, just get him while he's already down.

Jessica said...

How did it turn out to your eye? I loved it. It was hard to send it really! But, since I took your money..... :)

Jessica said...

PS, it is faaaar from a bazillion degrees here, in fact, it is snowing. Again.

eaf said...

Oh, it looks great! Just what I imagined. And it SHOULD fit. Maybe Chris will think to try it on him tonight (I'll be at work -- we opened it last night after bed time if I remember correctly... or maybe this morning?).

Anyway, it's awesome! Thanks muchly!

Jessica said...

It should be the exact same size as the one I made for Elizabeth, as I followed the same pattern....
I did NOT however, test the hat on either of my children, since I didn't want to send biowarfare through the USPS in the form of rotavirus germs...
And I think you probably appreciate that foresight...