I can't believe it but my little man turned 1 on Monday. Every parent I'm sure wants to make their child's birthday special, while they're still young enough to want their parents hanging around! Monday is usually their nursery day, but because it was the school holidays and I didn't need to work, I was so organised and swapped their day so we could have a lovely family day together. We organised a smallish party for the Sunday and planned to have a day out to Paulton's Park on Monday, weather permitting.
So Wednesday evening last week, I got Harry out of the bath and noticed a few spots on him. Given that his sister had chickenpox a couple of weeks ago I was fairly confident she'd given her little brother an early birthday present, and I was right!
The spots started coming thick and fast, but because he has really bad eczema, I was at a loss of how to help him. The eczema creams were making his spots itch and the chickenpox remedies were aggravating his eczema! On top of that, he was running a temperature of nearly 40 and was cutting 3 teeth! My daughter just laid on the sofa for a couple of days when she had chickenpox, then was up and back to her normal self. She went back to nursery after 6 days! Is this why men have the stereotype of being worse patients than women?!
By Friday, he had more spots than I thought possible for someone so small to have. On top of that, one had turned green and was bigger than a 5p coin. I phoned the doctor and it turned out he had an infection, so the poor little fella has spent his birthday party and subsequently his birthday on antibiotics, with chickenpox, and cutting 3 teeth.
Don't get me wrong, I still know I'm really lucky to have a generally happy, healthy boy. After all chickenpox and teething are 2 perfectly normal ailments of children. I know there's far worse out there, but big or small I just feel so sorry for him that the only pictures he'll have to look back on of his first birthday are of him crying and spotty!
Happy birthday Harry! His sister (and her inseparable sidekick) had no problem blowing out his candle for him and eating his cake!