That spot on his forehead in the picture above? It is a chicken pock mark! Very rare to see these days, no?
Chip was born in August and in October I came down with Shingles. It was my second time – the first time was during a stressful finals week in college. I recognized it much earlier this time and got medication early, meaning it ended up being a far less severe case. The rash-y area though, was around my waistline, exactly where Chip cuddled while nursing. Inevitably, he contracted chicken pocks, though it was a pretty mild case.
An anti-vax friend of mine had me rub him down with an old towel and Fed Ex it to her, but to no avail – her kids didn’t contract it. I laughed, though, this past fall when I went to register Mare for Kindergarten and discovered that she had never been vaccinated for Chicken Pox. Apparently I had refused that one and then forgotten about it. I can’t believe I missed my chance to naturally infect her when her own brother had it and yet I tried to infect other kids who lived 500 miles away!