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Ok, I know. I suck at NaBloPoMo. I could use the excuse of chicken pox, but the truth is that River didn’t need much extra mothering at all! He barely acted sick, didn’t complain of itching, didn’t make his pox bleed from scratching, and overall felt ok. Perhaps he slept a bit longer than usual, and I sure did let him watch WAY more movies than is normal for us. But, on the whole, it was a MUCH easier experience than I had prepared myself for. He still has some scabbed-over pox that are healing, but nothing more.

I don’t have any pictures of his chicken pox, since he was adamant that he did NOT want a picture taken. 🙂

In total, we exposed 4 kiddos who came over to play and share a lollypop. We’ll know in a few weeks if it worked. I have my fingers crossed for them.

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In other news, I found out this morning that my father’s father died yesterday. He lives in Florida, and I haven’t seen him since I was 3 or so. My dad isn’t very close to him, either. We knew he was sick and in the hospital. Just odd to think about. My only living grandparent is now my mother’s father, who I would never let near my family. He sexually and physically abused about half of my aunts. He lives far, far away, thankfully.

I never grew up with ‘real’ grandparents. I’m grateful that River knows all four of his grandparents, and two (my mom and dad) live within about an hour of him, and my parents are young enough that I expect they will be a part of his life for a very long time. Yes, for this I am grateful.

It happened!

We have a new president. Americans did what I was worried they wouldn’t! I’m so happy and relieved. There is much to be said, but I feel overwhelmingly grateful!!!!!!!

What else happened today? River woke up this morning with a handful of spots! Yipee! They are multiplying as we speak, and I am curious to see how many he will have tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll take some pictures if he lets me.

In the mean time, I was tagged by Angie!

The Rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules.
3. Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
5. Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.

my six boring things:
1. I was so happy to see spots on my son this morning!
2. My cats fight, and I don’t know what to do about it.
3. I hate avocados.
4. I don’t like to sleep with heavy blankets…warm, yes…heavy, no. The weight bothers me.
5. The latest book I started reading is American Jezebel.
6. when I’m angry, I grind my teeth together.

I’m tagging: Sanquinetta, Lee, Amy, Megan, and Tiffany (yes, I know that’s 5, but that’s as good as it’s gonna get)

Waiting for the pox

It’s been 12 days since I exposed River (on purpose) to chicken pox.  This is our second attempt to have him catch the disease, so that he will then have life-long immunity.

I noticed he has a very mild fever tonight, so maybe (fingers crossed) he will start breaking out with spots in the next couple of days.  If it doesn’t work this time, I’m going to be convinced that chicken pox isn’t all that easy to catch, after all.

I can’t say that I am looking forward to him being sick and uncomfortable.  But, I do look forward to getting it done and out of the way while he is still young.  He will be 5 in two months.  I was 5 when I had it, and my sister caught it from me, and was 3 at the time.  I brought it home from kindergarten, I remember it so vividly!

I’m hoping to post some pictures and an update on his stauts in the next few days.

Is it coming?

Every morning, I search River’s body over for the tiniest spot.  I feel his forehead throughout the day, hoping for a fever.

It’s been 14 days since he swapped a lollipop with my friend’s son.  Now, we are waiting, hoping.

For the pox.