Our sweet little girl came down with a cold and high fever this week that left her out of commission for a couple days. Although I wished her well immediately, I selfishly enjoyed her extra cuddles and affection. She even fell asleep on me while watching T.V. on the couch, which has only happened one other time--when she was also ill. Addie was so miserable that I sang and rocked her to sleep both nights she was sick, something we never do since she is sleep trained. But I deeply enjoyed this extra time to embrace her snuggles and love on my baby girl while she grew heavy on my chest, fulfilling her song requests until sleep consumed her.
The first day of her illness, Adeline felt so bad that she couldn't do more than lie on me and whimper, her fever reaching 104 degrees a couple times. Ibuprofen and tepid baths helped bring her fever down, but I was certainly concerned. And apparently, Addie was concerned about her dolly, too, since she was taking her temperature as well. The next day we visited the doctor who assured us that although she had a high fever, red throat, and stuffy nose she would most likely be fine. I had always heard that a high fever could be damaging to the brain, but Addie's pediatrician explained that updated science has found that a fever really can't get too high and our goal is just to keep her comfortable. We only needed to worry if she wasn't eating or staying hydrated, or completely lethargic. After two days our sweet pea was 100 percent herself again. Thank goodness for such a quick turnaround!