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Week 30
~ Sometimes You Don't Want A Sequel

Michael has been a little fussy this last week and also been a bit restless at night. I think he is possibly teething, but I have felt his gums several times and have not felt anything poking through yet. Michael got his first two teeth in at two months old! I had heard of that before, but didn't think it would happen with us. It was crazy. I really hate it when they are teething. I must admit my concerns come from the fact that just before Isabelle turned one, she had a fever while she was teething and ended up having febrile seizures. I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with this, but I sure was not. Apparently they are fever induced seizures that are fairly common in children 6 months to 5 years. The fever is caused by something else, and it is the spike in the temperature (above 102) that causes the seizure. Usually they just go away after about age 5 or so. This is something I had never heard of before and it was a very traumatic experience for us.

Isabelle had been running a fever that day, which she had done many times before, something that happened every time she got in a new tooth. We had done some things to make it come down and felt like it was headed down when we put her to bed. Well apparently it did not stay down, and about 1:00 in the morning she woke up crying, not her normal cry, but very obviously scared. When I picked her up she had a seizure in my arms. Of course, we panicked and rushed her to the ER. I think it's a miracle we showed up fully dressed! We were at the hospital within about 7 minutes of that seizure. They got her right in and told us they thought it was probably the febrile seizures. Her body was so lifeless after the seizure, and she just looked like she was in a coma with her eyes open. She would not make eye contact with us or acknowledge our presence. That was REALLY hard. They kept reassuring us that this was "normal."

While they were monitoring her, she had another seizure that concentrated more in her legs, and they were concerned that it might be something more than just the seizures, like spinal meningitis. So, after a series of tests ranging from taking blood and urine, to an x-ray and a CT scan, they finally ended up doing a spinal tap. That was pretty tough watching them curl up her little body and put the needle in her spine. After all the tests came back negative, (Praise the Lord!) they finally decided that it was a "virus" since they could find nothing else. I still believe that the teething is what caused the fever, but they tried to tell us that that was not the case despite the fact that every time before that when she was teething, she would run a fever. Go figure, I guess. Some doctors don't even believe that teething can cause fevers.

Anyway, I have read both that febrile seizures can be more common if other family members have had them, and also that they are not at all hereditary. So, I still get worried any time they are teething, and worry that Isabelle will have another, or Michael will have his first. I really hate to give them tons of medicine while they are teething, but we try to do our best to keep the fever down. It will be interesting to see if any of our other kids will have the seizures. At least now we know what to expect and hopefully that will keep us from panicking. Yeah, right! (Here's a picture of us with her at the hospital on our rotten day.)

On a much better note, our little one is doing great. We had another doctor visit and Jeremy was finally able to go with us again, which was nice. Everything seems to be going quite well. Isabelle has been able to feel our baby move a few more times and is starting to become much more interested in feeling. I think she was just a little unsure at first. It's fun to watch Jeremy with our little one. He will tell me that he thinks we're having a girl, and then a few days later will change and say, "Nope, we're having a boy!" The other day he got down by my stomach and said, "Okay baby, give me two kicks if you're a boy, or one if you're a girl. It's okay, I won't tell anyone!" He is always cracking me up. Only ten more weeks to go and we are getting so excited and ready!

I've been very blessed to have avoided any colds this summer . . . dare I say! I'm definitely very thankful for this, since we all know that being pregnant and also sick is pretty miserable. There is a lot of our family and friends who are sick right now. It seems to be the season. Hopefully we can avoid anything else sneaking up on us before baby time. The kids have been doing well too, so maybe we can all hold out for a couple more months.

I hope you have a wonderful week. Until next time . . .
~ Emily

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