My 3 Kids Got Chicken Pox | Here's How I Survived
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We opened last month with World Book Day! My eldest is a huge book fan, my middle guy is rapidly following suit thankfully and I'm sure our smallie will be like his big brothers. Personally, I've always loved to read and so, when Will got a note sent home from school saying they could dress up as a character from a book, I got very into what he was going to go as.
We eventually narrowed it down to Christopher Robin from AA Milnes series Winnie the Pooh. He was so excited going off into school and even more so when he got home waving around his prize for "Best Dressed" in his class! Proud mammy moment or what!
Later that afternoon we waved goodbye to Daddy as he left on a skiing trip for his brother's stag weekend in the Czech Republic. Despite my own gallivanting the previous weekend for my friend's hen weekend in Limerick, I was mildly jealous of his 4-day absence.
Thankfully the boys were great while he was away. My anxiety levels had been fairly high in the run up to his break away as I do tend to think of the hundred negative things that could possibly occur while he's away but the reality went very smoothly.
Ben started to crawl properly and got his first tooth, two milestones Daddy was very disappointed to have missed, unfortunately. We all had a sleepover in mammy's bed on the Saturday night with a movie before bed. It was a little cramped as the older two sleep in a starfish style with limbs sprawled everywhere but I loved spoiling them.
It was wonderful having the boys all to myself but I have to admit I was delighted to see himself walk through the door around 9 pm on Sunday.
If nothing else, I missed the extra two hands, being able to ask him to wash a bottle or hold the crying infant or wipe a running nose. I suppose the time he was away made me more appreciative of what he does for me and the boys. (Shush, don't tell him I said any of that!)
It was back to the grindstone the next morning, very tired from my solo parenting long weekend - hats off to all you single mamas out there! You are warrior women!
Alas, there was to be no rest for my wicked self - Tuesday morning, just as I was dressing Will for school he goes "Mam? What's that?" Pointing at his shoulder. Yup, it was the dreaded chicken pox that appears to be running through the country in an epidemic at the minute!!
Thankfully he was a decent enough patient. All his spots had come up by the weekend and they had all popped and crusted over by Tuesday but I kept him home til Wednesday just to be sure.
I was then on high alert for the younger two getting them as both my husband and I are part of the bridal party of his brother's wedding at the start of April. As luck, if you could call it that, would have it both of them got their first spots on Mother's Day. What an epic present! I won't forget it in a hurry that's for sure!
Jamie was at his worst on Tuesday. He couldn't handle the itchiness but I soaked him in the baby's Shnuggle tub with porridge oats and it seemed to ease it. Just as Jamie was getting over the worst of it Ben's spots came up in force. The poor baby was covered head to toe. He slept for 2 hours on the Wednesday night and napped a grand total of 60 minutes on the Thursday waking up from each micro nap howling crying.
Thursday night was also a 2 hour sleep night. By Friday I was dead on my feet but thanks be to God he was over the worst of it by then. We made it through with a mixture of oat baths, ViraSoothe gel (which was recommended to me by another mammy and was fantastic especially when used straight from the fridge) and wine. Lots and lots of wine!
I've invested in Udos Choice to build the kids back up. This is what I used to get their immune systems up following the great hand, foot and mouth attack of 2016 and I swear it's absolute magic.
So we signed off March saying farewell to chicken pox. All going to plan, now I will never again have to deal with the nastiness of that virus ever again!! The thought makes my current tiredness a little easier to stomach. And after the difficulties of late, easier is always welcome!