Eek, I think it is the real thing (chicken pox, that is). DS has a slight fever, and several spots on his legs and bottom, each spot with a little dot in the middle. It's only been a few hours, so we'll be watching the progression.
If anyone is interested in a pox party in Knoxville, TN, let me know - it's Christmas, but we might be able to work something out for Boxing Day or the weekend.
Also, I'm willing to send care packages!
However, one word of caution. With rather poor timing, I got DS a measles (monovalent, no mumps or rubella) shot 8 days ago.
If he's shedding, there's the potential that a CP lollipop could turn into a measles lollipop. It doesn't seem very likely, but it isn't beyond the realm of possibility. So... proceed at your own risk, please, and only ask for a pop or party if you feel fully safe with the chance that someone will get measles.
And Merry Christmas, everyone!