Every parent wishes they will have the children that are immune to the Chicken Pox. I was one of those blessed children not to get it while my siblings suffered around me. Unfortunately for me, both of my kids showed signs of the chicken pox last Thursday. I knew right away that that’s what it was but a quick phone call to the doctor confirmed it.
There was so much I didn’t know about the Chicken Pox until now. I never knew they could get so bad your child could be hospitalized. I never knew they become open wounds and sores all over your body. I never knew that they can be in your eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, and private parts. I never knew that some were bubbles of liquid grossness. Basically because I was probably 10 months old when all my siblings had it I had no clue what it even looked like. Until now.
The only bonus to all of it is both my kids broke out on the exact same day, almost to the hour, spot for spot. Although Buba’s kept going and he has three times more spots than Missy Moo has now. I really think there is something said to having them as young as possible. I couldn’t imagine if one got them, then a few weeks later the other one got them. Being house bound is not my idea of fun so if I had to do it a few weeks back to back I would go insane. It’s a good thing I am working on my back yard to give me something else to think about other than itchy pox.Both have been really happy in themselves with it as well. I had envisioned these two sick babies, lying on the couch, moaning, and wanting snuggles and back rubs while trying not to itch their entire skin off. Not the case. Buba has complained only a handful of times that it itches but really hasn’t been getting at them very much. The ones on his private area look the most painful to me but it doesn’t seem to affect him. He is a little more testy at the moment but that could be his age too. lol Missy Moo doesn’t even act like she has anything. Still her very smiley, happy self from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed. My little angel. I did catch her last night in her crib trying to rub her head on the side to itch it. It was cute but I felt bad for her.
I was highly recommended to use ViralSoothe instead of calamine lotion. Our pharmacist says it works better and doesn’t dry out the skin as much as calamine. Especially for a child who have eczema like Buba. It comes in spray and gel form which was great for me as my two are little wiggle worms. The gel for the face and private areas and you spray the rest of the body with the spray. Quick and easy and it really seems to soothe them. I am impressed.
I was given a few old wives tales too but haven’t had to resort to them yet. One lady told me to put oatmeal in a sock and run their bath water through it. It makes the bath milky and helps take the itch and sting away. Another lady told me if they won’t stop scratching put oven mitts or winter gloves on their hands and tie a ribbon around them so they can’t do any harm and leave scars.I know it sounds silly, but every other minute I feel itchy and start scratching thinking this is it I am going to finally get chicken pox at age 30! Just looking at my two kiddies makes me itch. I feel like a horrible mother because I should want to still kiss them all over and snuggle up close to them especially in their time of need. But in the back of my mind I have this thought that if I kiss and hug too much I am giving myself a better chance to catch them. Also, I don’t think I could find a place on Buba’s face to kiss without getting a mouth full of scabs and puss. Sorry TMI I know! But I had to say it for those readers that were just thinking “ahhh, I would still kiss my little one’s face!” With Buba it’s harder because they are literally everywhere, I am stuck with kissing his calves and fingers. Missy Moo still has none on either leg and only a few on her face and none on her arms. So I have been kissing toes and fingers alot this weekend for love with safety precautions.
Either way, this is it now, what most parents have to go through with their kids. I am looking at the brighter side that it was before our big vacation to America in June, before Missy Moo’s 1st birthday and christening, and they have it together. My cup is half full in this house! I just hope they start to scab over and be done with it soon.
I really do feel bad for the both of them. No swimming, no music class, or soft play time until they scab over I have been told. So we are house bound and miserable. I wish I could make it go away for them or at least make them understand this isn’t a new norm it will go away. I keep telling Buba count them as they come and let’s count them as they go. He loves counting so this made a fun little game out of it so far. We have also told the chicken pox to go away and growled at them for coming. He particularly liked that one. It’s just about keeping them occupied and happy for a week until it starts to die down. I was shocked at how many came so quick but also how fast they scab and go away. Hoping this time next week there will only be traces of the scabs left and seeing the last of them.Meet Pox & Poxy as they both are called for the time being!
I am linking up with the lovely Katie at MummyDaddyandMe as having the chicken pox is just another ordinary moment of parenting but it is one I will forever remember going through it with them.