The Week Ember was Sick

So my baby girl had roseola. I wrote a super long detailed account of the entire horrible week in my journal and won’t bore you with the details. Lets just say, being up literally ALL night several days of this week, high high fevers, and so much crying and misery and me holding her or wearing her in a carrier nonstop for so many hours it was like she lived in my arms.
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This was Saturday morning. I think Friday night, the night before, was the very worst one of the whole week but I can’t remember clearly anymore. I just remember Allan was home and I was SOOOO relieved because I’d been taking care of all the kids and making all the food and cleaning and keeping up with everything totally alone and was just so so so exhausted!
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Allan took the older three kids outside and had them weed the yard while he washed the windows. Ember and I stayed inside. I didn’t want Ember running around just yet while she had been so sick.
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She really wasn’t happy about being stuck inside.
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We had some really late nights with Ember. She didn’t go to sleep most nights until midnight no matter what I tried. We ended up turning all the lights off in the house and having only the light of the TV on as we watched Dual Survival. haha. She’d play on the couch by us or on the floor in front of us and then eventually pass out in my lap or on the couch and I’d take her to bed. (With me, she doesn’t ever sleep on her own, though I try!)
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Once in a while I’d take pictures of the other kids playing.
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Ember’s two favorite things, I’ve said before, are ripping paper and helping with laundry. Those two things will keep her busy for hours. (When she’s not sick)
So when Allan put a load of laundry in on Saturday, she was right there.
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Payson’s hair has gotten pretty darn long. Allan gave him a trim.
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To get a natural smile Allan told Payson to do a mean pose and then we’d do a startled sound when he did. He’d crack up.
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More playing outside that evening.
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Sunday I stayed home from church with Ember. She was SO cranky that day. She cried pretty much nonstop the whole day so finally I put some shoes on and went for a run with her. I looked a freaking mess, hadn’t showered in a week and wore the same clothes pretty much that entire week! But it felt amaaaazing to get out of the house. And Ember looked around happily the entire hour and a half we were out!
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I gained weight over the holidays (gain and lose, gain and lose, the same 15 pounds are gained and then lost every month!) so am exercising and eating better. I was down only one pound when I took this before shot. I’m down five now šŸ™‚
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When we very first moved to Arizona in 2008 I took pictures are my three older kids on this little hill. When I walked past it on the way back home I couldn’t resist taking Ember out of the stroller and snapping one of her there as well.
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It’s such a bummer I have Sierra and Payson home all day. I’d LOVE to take runs with her during the day when it’s warm, and she’d love it too.
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Sunday night, Ember was still feeling exceptionally clingy and would not let us put her down or in bed for anything. So Allan helped out by putting her in the carrier. It was heaven to cook dinner with free arms!
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Monday Ember was a lot happier. Still not happy, but happier. We spent a little bit of time outside because the week before she’d been so devastated by not being able to.
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And that brings us, finally!, to today! This morning actually. Just took some snaps before taking Brooklyn to school.
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Ember is back to her cheerful self for the most part but as she always did before, freaks out if I put her down when she wants to be held! (Which is at least half the day)
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Brooklyn’s teeth are coming in. It’s so strange to see her with adult teeth. I don’t think of her as a baby or toddler anymore but it still throws me off when she hits new milestones or just looks so big. Her childhood is flying by. I still vividly remember every bit of her life so far. The days of her as my only baby, her toddler years, all of it. I would do it all again in a second, too.
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This was the first time I put makeup on in well over a week. Or did my hair. Or washed my hair. haha! So when I came out of the bathroom Sierra’s eyes got huge and she complimented my lipstick and then told me to kiss her. She was meaning on the lips so she could have lipstick, too. But at the last minute I turned and planted a nice kiss on her cheek. She liked the kiss mark left šŸ™‚
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One thought on “The Week Ember was Sick

  • Poor, sweet baby Ember. I can tell in a lot of the pictures that she just has that sick 'look' to her. :c( Sick babies are the saddest.
    I adore the fact that you can wear (and pull off!) the bold shades of lipstick. I feel like a cheap hooker with anything more than un-tinted chapstick on my lips! haha

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