After being sick all summer, I feel like Mac has been doing really well this fall/winter. But I knew it was just a matter of time. Last Sunday, he woke up with a runny nose. No other symptoms, just a nose that would not turn off (and wanted some extra snuggles!). Through the week, he had a low grade fever on and off but didn't act very sick and while his nose was running constantly, it was clear and at least wasn't congested.
On Wed, Reagan went home with a fever, but I didn't think much of it since Mac had a cold all week, I figured he maybe just gave it to her (let's face it, babies share germs and colds!). They hadn't interacted very much on Wed (they seemed to take turns napping almost all day), so when Anna said on Thursday that Reagan had Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (a virus that is easily spread by children), I wasn't worried. Then Mac woke up and looked like this on Friday:
It was clearly more than just the little cold he'd had. It continued to get worse over the next day and little red spots developed around his mouth. NOOOOOO! Korri had Hand Foot and Mouth when she was 14 months old and her skin peeled off almost her entire body. I did NOT want this to happen to Mac, obviously.
This was him before bed tonight:
Still cheerful but miserable at the same time. I'm so glad my mom came to spend a few days because he wanted her most of the time (which gave me a little break!). I talked to the nurse triage on Friday and they said it lasts 3-6 days (the blisters can last longer, but don't keep developing). So tomorrow is day 4 and I'm hoping we turn the corner (I've been saying that for a week!).
Also, Mac's is NOTHING compared to Korri's (at least not YET!):
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.