A Life With Laughter

A chronicle of our adventures raising two boys....

Monday, July 17, 2006

Weekend with the Boys

Last night kicked off the first night of our church's VBS this week. Anita has been extremely busy all weekend, and the last couple of weeks, preparing for it. She is the assistant director of our VBS and they do a ton of work to put on a great week of activities. This of course means that I've got the boys so she can be up there working with everyone to set stuff up.

Zach was sick on Friday and you could tell he really didn't feel good. Anita took him to the doctor first thing Saturday morning and they diagnosed him as having Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. Here is a little information on this:
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness of infants and children. It is characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. HFMD begins with a mild fever, poor appetite, malaise ("feeling sick"), and frequently a sore throat. One or 2 days after the fever begins, painful sores develop in the mouth. They begin as small red spots that blister and then often become ulcers. They are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks. The skin rash develops over 1 to 2 days with flat or raised red spots, some with blisters. The rash does not itch, and it is usually located on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It may also appear on the buttocks. A person with HFMD may have only the rash or the mouth ulcers.

You can read more about it here

Anyway, he had a slight fever still Saturday morning, but he seemed to feel much better all day. He was still a little tired and slept quite a bit during the day. He had a rough night the previous night though, so part of that was just him being.. well, tired. Sunday though, he woke up and jabbered all day. The fever was gone and he was very active and crazy all day and you could tell he didn't feel bad at all anymore. Of course, since it had only been roughly 24 hours since his fever had dissipated, we needed to still keep him away from people so I kept the boys at home all day and wasn't able to help Anita any with preparations for vbs. Fortunately, they had a good turnout of volunteers this year and weren't hurting for workers. It looks like Zach will be able to go tonight and so we'll all be up at the church for VBS this evening.

It was HOT here this past weekend. With Zach being sick, I didn't want to get him out much anyway, but even if he had felt better...it was miserable and I sure didn't feel like taking the boys out much. It was unfortunate, because I would have really enjoyed getting out and doing something even if it was just playing in the yard or going to the park. We did run out yesterday afternoon though and go down the road to the grocery store and pick up a box of Drumsticks. Neither boy had had them yet, as far as I know, and Zach did quite well. Conner of course devoured his without a problem. I think it might have been Zach's first ice cream cone he's eaten by himself too... I'll have to double check that with Anita. It was the first I'd seen him eat at least. Not ice cream of course.. the kid's been eating ice cream for over a year, much to the poor parenting of his mom and dad. :)

Overall though, even with Zach being sick, we had a great weekend. We setup a huge train track on Saturday and Conner turned it into a "city" and he and Zach each took a controller and shared very well in each of them running a train around the track at the same time. I was really pleased with how well Conner shared and made sure Zach could use one of the controllers all the time. Of course, when Zach finally decided to sit near/on the track to do something else, then it was back to no-holds-barred style brothering, but hey, at least it was good while it lasted.


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