Drew, Ace, and I went to Hal and Mal's St. Paddy's Day parade yesterday. I slathered the boys and myself with sunscreen, going easy on Ace's face because sunscreen kinda makes him break out, and he's getting Easter pictures on Tuesday. He doesn't usually mind wearing hats, so I figured that'd make up for what the sunscreen couldn't do.
We established ourselves in a pretty good spot during the parade and stayed for about 20 minutes when the parade just stopped for no apparent reason. After nearly half an hour of waiting for another the next float (and I knew one was coming), I was hungry and starting to get grumpy and it was nearly time for Ace's nap, so we had to leave.
I saw the little breakout bumps from the sunscreen on Ace's arms and legs before he went down for a nap, but nothing on his face. I thought I'd gotten off pretty easy since I had to fight with him to wear the hat during the entire parade, or at least until we got tired of waiting for the floats to start and had to leave.
Drew called me when Ace woke up from his nap to tell me that my baby had a pretty gnarly sunburn all over his face. Clearly, I went a little too easy with the sunscreen and gave up one too many times with the hat. I told Drew to put a bunch of diaper rash ointment on his face, and when I got home I gave him Benadryl for the bumps and ibuprofen to quell the swelling from the sunburn.
This morning his face is so swollen that his eyes are about half the size they usually are. I'm feeling like a real winner, folks. A real winner.
Thanks for nothing, Hal and Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade. The parade itself was a hot mess full of fail (being a New Orleanian, I have unusually high standards for parades, but I can't believe anyone waited half an hour between the last set of Sweet Potato Queens and the floats) AND my baby got a sunburn.
Oh, and all the websites that tell me that the best treatment for a sunburn is to not get one at all? SCREW YOU, you judgmental b****es. I KNOW THAT.
At least he can still count - in fact, he just got to ten. Maybe he's counting the ways that his mother sucks.
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