Friday, May 22, 2009


After a week of miserable colds, I thought we were all finally feeling better yesterday. We met my friend Caroline and her kids at the park for smoothies, sliding and swinging.

Tess played hard and when we came home, she plopped down on the couch and fell asleep. I thought she was just worn out from playing, but when she woke up she was running a fever. I gave her a bottle, some ibuprofen and put her to bed an hour early.

She woke up crying at 10:30 pm, and when I went in to check on her she was burning up. Her armpit temperature was 100 degrees and I couldn't give her more medicine for another 3 hours. She was flushed and listless and she just wanted to be held. Ry held her for a while, cooled her forehead with a damp washcloth, and then we brought her into our bed.

She rested quietly between us for about 15 minutes and then started making happy chattering noises. I put my arm around her and realized she was no longer radiating heat. "I don't think she's warm anymore," I said to Ry. He touched her forehead and said, "Yeah, she's not as hot. I gave her a blessing a few minutes ago."

I switched on my bedside lamp to see what she was chattering about, and she had a huge smile on her face and was repeatedly making some kind of sign--it was either the sign for "thank you" or she was blowing kisses (we've been trying to teach her both of these things with little success).

Then for some reason, Tess started acting totally goofy--kicking her legs up in the air and throwing them back down on the bed. Ryan started kicking with her and she was giggling like crazy. My two goofballs: laughing and kicking up a storm in the middle of the night.

When I took her back to her bed, she curled up and slept through the rest of the night.

Still not 100% today, but feeling better.


Dipsy said...

This little story just made me cry! What a dear little family you have.
Love, Dipsy

Maureen said...

Honestly, what do people DO if they can't give their kids a blessing? I've lost track of how many middle-of-the-night blessings Josh has had to give...

Glad to see that sparkly little smile. Kisses for Tess!