Disappearing spots.

First off, Sylvain is getting much better. The spots on his face are disappearing nicely. The spots on the rest of him are being clingy, but they’re also reaching the end of their visiting hours. Today while we were cleaning up from lunch Bastien was drawing on his white board he got for his birthday. He drew something (I didn’t really see it) and told us it said Bastien  T—-. Then Adeline actually wrote his name out. Somehow they started going through all the names (I wasn’t paying close attention) and he said Mamma T—, Papa T—, Sylvain T—, and Holly T—. Again, he was corrected. My last name is in fact not T—, but Brenneman. Then he said something about Sylvain Brenneman. Kids really do say the darndest things!

I’m not sure what else to mention…I mostly just played with Sylvain when he was awake. Bastien went to get a haircut with Adeline. He also went to Little Gym this afternoon. Sick or not he really needs to burn off a lot of energy.

*Attention: tiny Glee spoiler alert. Just as far as a certain song goes.*

For all you Glee fans out there I did catch the first episode of season 3 today. I will not get into what I really thought about it or we’d be here forever and it would just be a big rant. I will say that in some ways I’m on the fence as to my allegiance to the show…it was ok, but it’s really the same stuff over, and over, and over again. Just with different music. The one thing that really stood out to me as being something I hated strongly disliked was when they did ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray. Once they got past the slow part it was decent, but very little of Hairspray is meant to be slow. It was one things when they slowed down Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ to a turtle’s pace (I did not plan on rhyming there…), but this song? No. It’s just plain wrong! I love Lea Michele and how she puts everything into her performances, but I wish I could forget this ever happened. Not right, not right at all. Of course, this is just my opinion. If you happened to like it that’s great! We can discuss if you want, I won’t get angry if anyone is a fan of the Glee version. I just didn’t like it.

*Spoiler over 😉 *

That’s it for today. Man, I really need to clean my room….


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May the stilts be with you.

Today was actually quite relaxing. Bastien was a lot more chill and Sylvain was calmer as well. I think we’re past the worst with him. His spots still look sore, just fewer and fewer look like they’re ready to explode. Adeline and Greg were in Namur today I believe. I actually forget what they said they were doing exactly, but I think this weekend is part of the Fête de Wallonie in Namur. That’s the Walloon Festival. In case you’re not sure, the Walloon region is the French region of Belgium (as opposed to Flanders –> Flemish). They were invited to some pretty exclusive stuff and were gone all day. They actually got back a little earlier than planned.

So apart from a little time outside, Sylvain’s treatment schedule, and happy boys, nothing extraordinary happened for me today. Nothing out of the ordinary. It was a good day. Bastien had a few loud moments and fancied himself a pig during lunch today (at which I threatened that he’d have to eat outside because of course pigs don’t eat at the kitchen table), but both boys ate well, slept well, and were generally in good humour the whole day. Just after lunch we listened to one Henri Des CD, and before/during supper we listened to one of his live CD’s. No jokes, I think I’m going to put them on my computer. At least the live one anyway. It’s fun to listen to! The more I listen the more lyrics I catch and the more I’m beginning to understand. Funny how that works….

I also (sorry if I’ve mentioned it twice now) have three more kid songs memorized. I can now sing 5! That’s quite the accomplishment. Pft. I should know a lot more. My favourite is the one about the mouse, a green mouse!

The kids went to bed late tonight. It was about 8:30/40. They had late naps this afternoon and we all want them to sleep as long as possible tomorrow so I wasn’t too concerned about getting them to bed  at the normal time. Of course tomorrow is different because Bastien goes back to school Monday! And so do I. It’s official, my school term is starting up again Monday. I’m not sure about the teacher situation. I’m not even sure if that was the issue or not. I hope it’s the same teacher because I want her to see how much I’ve improved over the summer. I still make a ton of mistakes, but that’s not unusual. Mostly it’s when I’m not quite thinking it through and I’m just letting my mouth run away with me. But hey, that happens in English too! Here’s looking forward to my (hopefully) last few months in school. Although who knows. Not that I plan on going to get my Master’s or another degree or anything. You just never know when it comes to job hunting if I’ll need to augment my studies at all. I sure hope not. Full time student might be what I know and am used to, but it’s not something I want to continue forever.

Below are links to two videos of people fighting each other on stilts. The first is video of the Walloon Festival in 2007 and an event that has been in existence for 600 years (1411-2011). The second is sort of an advertisement (I’m assuming) and is just plain awesome.

Jedi Stilt Wars

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How many times was that?

This evening was better than last night. Sylvain didn’t cry as much tonight although he did around lunch time. Adeline took him to the doctor today at 10. With his almost constant fever and the state of his spots she wanted to know if there was anything else we could do. Turns out there is. Holy moly. The next week and a bit is going to be quite the ‘adventure’. I will list for you now Sylvain’s new daily schedule:


He wakes up (around 7:15):

  • apply white chalky cream (Tanno Hermal)

Breakfast (7:45):

  • 2.5ml of Xyzall to help with itchiness

Play time


  • apply Fucidin medicated cream on the large, raised (the worst) spots
  • apply TH cream
  • apply Talc powder

10am snack:

  • 2ml vitamin


  • when he wakes from morning nap apply Fucidin cream
  • apply TH cream



Play a little

Afternoon nap (or play time if he won’t sleep):

  • at some point between 2 and 4pm another 2ml of vitamin

4 o’clock snack:

  • apply TH cream (TH cream 4 or 5 X/day. Applied at this time before snack if he was upstairs napping)

Play time/Nap (if he didn’t nap earlier):

6pm Bath:

  • apply Fucidin to worst spots
  • apply TH cream to all spots
  • apply Talc powder everywhere



  • 2.5ml of Xyzall to help with itchiness

When Adeline came home with the list of what we needed to apply/give him and how many times per day it seemed so daunting. After we made this schedule – which has actually already been revised a few times today – it seemed a little less so, but still, I think we’re going to spend more time making him look like a ghost than anything else! It takes about 25 minutes to apply the 2 different creams and the Talc powder. At least that’s what it took me tonight. It will be easier next week when Bastien is in school and it’s just me with Sylvain. Tomorrow I have the two boys and I’m going to have to make sure Bastien is occupied while I’m giving Sylvain his two baths and cream applications.

Today Bastien was actually outside a lot. Two different times this morning, for a while in the late afternoon/evening before supper, and again a bit with Greg and Adeline after supper. We also spent some time in the empty, newly floored Dining and Play rooms. Bastien had a blast running around (on all 4s and on his feet) and Sylvain had just as much fun trying to keep up with him. The little tyke didn’t have a fever tonight and I think he was feeling better overall. He was very vocal tonight after supper. He kept saying DA-DAAAA, DAAA-DAAAAA. They tried to get him to say Papa and Mama, but it just kept coming out dada.

The hardest thing I think for Sylvain right now is that he’s not sleeping as well. All those spots have to be uncomfortable. Adeline brought out some 18 month pjs and the like so that he’s not wearing anything too tight. Some of his 12 month clothes are already on the small side and he’s only 10 months old. I guess really those are just guides. I think after this experience I’m going to be ready for anything!

I’m beginning to truly understand why my Mom is always stressing for me to get my habits in order and be the healthiest I can be before I ever have kids. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t really cleaned my room and definitely haven’t vacuumed since the month started. Ever since Bastien got the chicken pocks on August 31 I haven’t done anything except some laundry. Well, I’ve washed the laundry, but it is definitely not folded and put away. I’m slothful when it comes to cleaning my room on the best of days – with the boys being home and sick and needing a lot more attention I haven’t felt like doing anything “work-like” when I happen to get a free moment. Who wants to clean at night? That’s when I catch up on emails and write my blog posts, I don’t want to organize, tidy, and clean my room. It’s going to be super important for me to get into better tidying/cleaning habits on a regular basis so that if I ever do have kids I’ll be in the habit and will just do it. Here’s hoping. I’m not helping myself by staying up till 11 or midnight either. And I keep trying to get up for my walks, but even my obnoxious alarm can’t make me get out of bed any earlier than I absolutely have to. I’m a real trooper – first sign of a challenge and I can’t keep up the good habits I’ve started.

To all you mothers out there you had to – or have to – deal with chicken pox or general sickness with multiple  kids or even just one, I admire you. It’s not easy and not everyone has a third set of hands to help out on a daily basis! To mothers everywhere!


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I feel like a monster.

I know I’m not hurting him on purpose. I know there’s nothing I can do, it’s going to bother him no matter what. But when Sylvain is literally crying like you’re ripping him apart it makes me so sad and I want to stop what I’m doing, but I know he needs it to get better. I thought I’d heard him cry insanely before, but that was nothing like today. Tonight when I was putting his chalky stuff on his spots he was crying so hard he sounded like he was in excruciating pain and terrified. Any time now you go to lay him down to change clothes or diaper he starts to cry and it’s a challenge to make him lay down. It’s like he knows he’s not going to like what’s coming. Once he was undressed and in the bath he was fine. As soon as he was out of the bath and I took him into his room/temporary play room he started crying. Then wailing. It didn’t help that he had a fever again. I felt horrible. Adeline came up to help. It’s got to be even harder to hear your own child cry like that and know that you can’t stop what you’re doing that’s making them cry. I haven’t been this close for this long to chicken pox since Lisa and I had them and that was 20 years ago so I don’t remember a thing. Half the time I’m afraid that when I pick him up all the spots are going to burst!

He slept fitfully last night so Greg and Adeline didn’t get much sleep. He also didn’t nap well today and I ended up taking him for a walk this afternoon while Adeline and Bastien napped to try to get him to sleep more. We were out for about an hour and a half and he slept for maybe 25 minutes. His eyes are red and dark underneath and when you look at him you wish there was something you could do to make him better. When Greg put him to bed he wailed for about 5 minutes or less and then suddenly – nothing. He was out. I hope he sleeps better tonight, for everyone’s sake. Greg has to go to work tomorrow, I’m not sure about Adeline. And the last few days Bastien has been off the wall. Maybe he’s got a bit of cabin fever going on. He’s been outside everyday – either to play in the backyard or go for a little walk – but he hasn’t been anywhere other than the house (not including the walks). He needs other kids to play with. I think he goes back to school Monday and here’s hoping things improve with him when he goes back. Once nice thing is that unless they have another kid they’re never going to have to go through this again and at least I’m here to help. I know you want to get chicken pox when you’re a kid, but I think it’s better when you’re over a year old at least. Or when you can stand on your own. I think that’s part of the problem with Sylvain. He doesn’t want to lie down and if he could stand on his own it would be easier to put the cream on. Oh well, he won’t remember this at all and that will be nice.

We’ll definitely all feel better when we’re all feeling better. It’s hard to imagine that all the spots are just going to go away…it was almost odd seeing Bastien tonight in the bath because he only has a few spots left and he’s not covered in the red stuff he had to put on to dry them out. It seems like Sylvain has spots in all the worst places you could have them. Poor guy. And you can’t explain what’s going on. Oh man. How am I going to handle if I have kids when they get chicken pox? At least I’ll have first hand – recent – experience. There have been times when I wished this wouldn’t have happened when I’m here, but mostly I think what a great learning curve this is. It has to be tough when you’re a mother for the first time and your baby gets sick and you don’t want to over – or under – react, and you’re scared. Hopefully this year will help me be a little more prepared if I ever have kids.

So I don’t feel like a monster right now, but I felt so horrible before. I wanted to cry too. 😦


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