That’s right. It hit! Of course we knew it was a possibility after our weekend of travel, two weeks ago, which I will TOTALLY make a post or two (or three) about. We hit the Twin Cities in style and had delightful fun along the Mississippi River. Like I said, the risks were there, but the risks of missing a giant family wedding loomed more menacingly. No one else we were directly with got COVID, and we masked on the planes, so we think that one of the babies was actually Patient Zero. We left on a Thursday, hit the Mall of America and the wedding on Friday, flew back late into Sunday morning, and Cassidy tested positive on Monday. And that was my birthday, as I think I told you! That was the day that Cassidy tested positive, our lost cat came back into our lives, only to lose her again, and my birthday plans were canceled. So then after Cassidy tested positive, we started to drop like flies. Although in retrospect, we believe it started with BABIES.
Cassidy tested positive on that Monday or so. On Tuesday or Wednesday, Sawyer seemed to be running a small fever but we didn’t have the right thermometer to test him (he’s too young for ear ones and we couldn’t find any others but a forehead one), and then it was back to normal within an hour or so. So I thought it was a fluke. Then a day or so later, Rider woke up with a small fever! We tested him and sure enough, he pulled a positive. Then I remembered Sawyer’s small and unexciting fever and tested him (it is NOT fun to COVID test two babies) and he had a positive test! A few days later, Des woke up with the smallest of headaches and a tiny scratchy throat, and HE tested positive. The next day, Monday, I had the smallest of headaches and a tiny scratchy throat, and I tested positive too! It’s been five days for me, and Scarlet remains fine.
The range of symptoms is bewildering. Cassidy had a few days of flu-like symptoms and then got better and better, to fully recovered. Sawyer really just had that one small fever, for like 20 minutes, and maybe a few days of random coughs and crankiness that could just seem like normal newborn reflux and crankiness. Rider definitely had a normal (for him) small cold of a day or two of waking up with fevers, and then some sniffles. He’s fine. Other than Des’ scratchy throat and slight headache that first day only, I’d consider him asymptomatic. Mine has been different. The first day, I felt like I had after my booster shot – a little sick and achy – but no obvious symptoms. That first night, I felt like I had after my second vaccine – body aches, chills, fever – but only for a few hours. And then it’s just been an annoying cold since, and is maybe getting slightly better. Maybe? We shall see, but for now, I must rest. Or something. It helps!