Bramell, Party of Five: It's Twin Tuesday, Y'all!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's Twin Tuesday, Y'all!

Welcome to Twin Tuesday, which I am going to make a regular feature on the blog. Thanks to some of my new blogger friends for the idea--(Amanda, Karen, Sarah and Ashten).  During this time, I'll talk more about the joys and challenges that come with having twins. And there are certainly plenty of both.
One of the cool things about having twins is that they always have each other to play with. An automatic buddy is never a bad thing, right? also means that they share EVERYTHING. This is the latest thing they have shared; it's called Fifth Disease.  Not sure why it's called a "disease" when it's really a rash, but probably just to sound super scary. 
It started with Carley back in mid-August. I'm not normally one to run to the doctor over every little thing, but a rash like this got my attention. I took Carley to the doctor on Aug. 16; with the absence of any other symptoms, this was determined to be a viral rash (with no treatment necessary).  While the rash itself is contagious, by the time it shows, they aren't contagious anymore.  Weird, huh? Doc said the rash could last "several weeks" and could reappear if she gets hot. Both kids had their two-year well visit the following week.  Carley's rash was getting better but not gone.  The second doctor agreed with the first on the diagnosis.
Fast forward to this week.  Carley's rash is almost gone, after four full weeks.  But guess what? Evan now has it! He's on about day four now.  No other kids at the daycare have it or have had it, so I have no idea where they picked it up. I am not planning to take Evan to the doctor; we are just going to wait it out. I know the diagnosis and the (non) treatment, so I'll just save that money today. Another benefit of having double of everything!  Does that make me a bad mom?
These are some photos from this morning:
 You can see it's a red rash with a lacy appearance. Thankfully, it hasn't caused either of them to itch or hurt. It just looks nasty. 

Do any other moms have experience with Fifth Disease? I'd love for you to comment and let me know how long it lasted for you.

I couldn't end this post with those gross pictures.  Here is one from yesterday at our house. Kiddos were lounging and discussing the fundamentals of the "Words" book.  Moments like this are so rare and so precious. There is real love when they aren't beating the hell out of each other.



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  2. I'm so thrilled you started doing this. I can't wait to read more about your kiddos.

    1. Awww, thanks! They will entertain you for sure.

  3. I am so proud of you! This is something you love (writing) and I'm so happy that you have found a way to make it happen. Keep it up!

    Love to all....


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