Monday, November 30, 2015

Febrile Seizures: Our Experience

***Yesterday Esther had a febrile seizure. It was scary but luckily I knew what it was. I wanted to write down what happened, first of all to remember what happened and also so other people can know what to look out for.***

Esther had had a fever for about a day before we were supposed to leave for my parents for Thanksgiving. Thinking it was one of those sicknesses that would quickly run it's course we decided to still go. She had a fever the entire time we were there, but it would come down a little with ibuprofen. By Friday she had had the fever for four days, with no other symptoms so we decided to take her to instacare. The Dr. there couldn't find anything wrong with her and said it was most likely a virus, maybe Roseola and to keep giving her medicine for the fever.

By Sunday she was pretty much the same, but we thought maybe she was getting better and we started spacing out the doses of ibuprofen a little more. When we were driving home Esther had no fever and quickly fell asleep in the car. I was sitting in the back seat with her when she suddenly woke up. She started acting really odd, pulling on my hands and motioning for me to unbuckle her. I noticed she had a fever now and started to try to get her some ibuprofen when we realized we left the syringe at my parents house. Just then her hands started clenching up and her lips started turning blue. Her eyes were still open and she was looking at me. I thought it might be a seizure because of her fever but I had always thought a seizure would be much more extreme (like what you see on an episode of House). I was still super worried though because her hands were a dark color and her lips were turning blue. She kept pointing at her water so I gave her some to drink.

Luckily we were right at the exit for Beaver so I told Leland to take it and that we needed to take her to the hospital. Leland didn't really know what was going on but when I told him I thought she was having a seizure he looked on his phone and found where the hospital was. By this time I had Esther out of her car seat and in my lap. She had cried out a few times but was still convulsing. The color had come back to her lips and she was breathing. Her whole body kept stiffening up though. Finally as we were getting close to the hospital it stopped and she was just laying on me. I took her into the ER while Leland took care of Loki (who came with us on this trip, luckily the ER didn't take long because he was out in the cold car the whole time) then he joined us.

Once we got in the ER Esther started falling asleep on me, which is common after febrile seizures. I was still unsure if that was what had happened because it didn't look like what I thought a seizure would look like. They took forever getting all of our information, but finally got us into a bed a took her temperature. It was 104.9, the highest it had been her whole sickness. The nurse was really nice and explained that 1 in 25 kids will have a febrile seizure, and that once they have one there is a 30-50% chance they will have another one before they grow out of them.

After giving her medicine to get her fever down, the Dr came in and looked her over. Since fever was still her only symptom he gave us a prescription for antibiotics. She most likely has some type of bacterial infection somewhere.

It was a very scary experience, but I was glad that I knew what was happening so I didn't panic or anything, I barely slept last night because I was so worried she would have another one, but so far she hasn't. Esther is still sick today, and we still don't know exactly what's wrong, but hopefully the antibiotics will start working and she will be fully recovered soon.

This very blurry snapchat picture was the only one I took the whole weekend... This is after the whole ordeal. When we were driving home Loki loved to sleep on her <3. 

Here are some facts about febrile seizures (taken from taken from

Febrile seizures are seizures or convulsions that occur in young children and are triggered by fever.  Young children between the ages of about 6 months and 5 years old are the most likely to experience febrile seizures; this risk peaks during the second year of life.  The fever may accompany common childhood illnesses such as a cold, the flu, or an ear infection.  In some cases, a child may not have a fever at the time of the seizure but will develop one a few hours later.
The vast majority of febrile seizures are convulsions. Most often during a febrile seizure, a child will lose consciousness and both arms and legs will shake uncontrollably. Less common symptoms include eye rolling, rigid (stiff) limbs, or twitching on only one side or a portion of the body, such as an arm or a leg.  Sometimes during a febrile seizure, a child may lose consciousness but will not noticeably shake or move.
Most febrile seizures last only a few minutes and are accompanied by a fever above 101°F (38.3°C).  Although they can be frightening for parents, brief febrile seizures (less than 15 minutes) do not cause any long-term health problems.  Having a febrile seizure does not mean a child has epilepsy, since that disorder is characterized by reoccurring seizures that are not triggered by fever.  Even prolonged seizures (lasting more 15 minutes) generally have a good outcome but carry an increased risk of developing epilepsy.

And here is what you should do if your child has one: 
  • Note the start time of the seizure.  If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, call an ambulance.  The child should be taken immediately to the nearest medical facility for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Call an ambulance if the seizure is less than 5 minutes but the child does not seem to be recovering quickly.  
  • Gradually place the child on a protected surface such as the floor or ground to prevent accidental injury.  Do not restrain or hold a child during a convulsion.
  • Position the child on his or her side or stomach to prevent choking.  When possible, gently remove any objects from the child’s mouth. Nothing should ever be placed in the child's mouth during a convulsion.  These objects can obstruct the child's airway and make breathing difficult.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if this is the child’s first febrile seizure and take the child to the doctor once the seizure has ended to check for the cause of the fever.  This is especially urgent if the child shows symptoms of stiff neck, extreme lethargy, or abundant vomiting, which may be signs of meningitis, an infection over the brain surface.
Hopefully this information is helpful to someone out there. After reading other stories online, I found that most parents had no clue what was going on and were panicing, thinking their child was going to die. I'm glad that I had already heard of febrile seizures and knew they weren't actually harmful. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Setting Up for Christmas

Tonight for FHE we set up the Christmas decorations. It's crazy how much has changed since last year when we set up the tree! Esther was really into it this year. She loved playing with the nativity set, putting the ornaments aka balls on the tree, and she was afraid to touch the lights. I think she thought they were hot lol.

It took all her concentration to get the ornaments on. 

Wanting to put the star up. 

I love these guys <3

This is the Christmas countdown I started making last year. It didn't turn out as nicely as I had hoped but oh well. Hopefully Esther will still like moving Mary and Joseph everyday, and at the end there is a glass baby Jesus to put in the manger. 

This one is super blurry, but Esther and Loki both love playing with the tree :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What I've Been Reading Lately

1. Paper Towns by John Green: I'm guessing most people have heard of this one. It's by the same author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars. It is about a boy and a girl in high school. The girl runs away and leaves clues for the boy to follow her. It was suspenseful and had some romance, but it was a bit slow at parts and I was super disappointed by the ending.

2, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent: I really loved this book. It is about a midwife in the 70's in Berkeley, California. The book talks about how she went from being a labor and delivery nurse to being a midwife. It was interesting to hear a lot of different birth stories from the perspective of a midwife. I read this one during the summer and it almost convinced me to have a home birth ;).

3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: This is a classic book that most of us read in middle school. I don't remember ever reading it though, so when I saw it on a fall book list I decided to give it a try. It's about a teenage girl who moves from Barbados to New England during the 1600s. She is not used to all the strict rules of her Puritan cousins and has a hard time adjusting, and later is accused of being a witch. This book was slightly on the boring side but maybe that's just because it's meant for a younger audience.

4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson: This book is kind of hard to describe so I'll take a description from goodreads. "Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?" I liked this book, but it wasn't my favorite. I thought it was a little predictable. Apparently this is the first book of the series but I have never read any of the others. 

5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosenay: This book is about a young girl in 1942 who locks her younger brother in a secret cabinet on the same day her family is taken to a concentration camp. In the modern day a woman tries to uncover what really happened to the girl and her brother. I found this book on a display of librarians picks at the library. It was a really good book. Although it was a sad book because of the Holocaust aspect, I felt like it had a good balance of realism and idealism.

6. The Gift of Giving Life by Felice Austin: I first read this book last winter and I decided to read it again now that I'm pregnant. I love this book! It is definitely one of my favorites. It is an LDS book about pregnancy and birth. It compares motherhood with the Atonement, as well as with other doctrines of the gospel like patience, fear, preparedness etc. It is also full of birth stories (which I love) but these ones have a more spiritual approach that I haven't really found with other birth stories. It has given me a new perspective to pregnancy and birth and helped to make motherhood as a whole so much easier. I would highly recommend this one!

7. The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright: This book is based on a true story about a husband and wife living in a garbage dump in Cambodia with their sick baby. They make their living by searching the dump everyday for recyclables to sell. Although the couple and their story is true, the author adds in a fictional plot about how the mother is taught to read by the woman who collects the rent. I thought the story was interesting and it definitely made me grateful for all the modern conveniences we have. However I am more interested in what aspects of the book were actually true. Apparently the author's son was a BYU student who went to Cambodia and made a documentary about the couple on whom the story is based. I am dying to see the documentary and find out what is actually real.

Has anyone read any of these books? What were your thoughts? If you have any book suggestions for me I would love to hear them!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

30 Weeks with #2

It's been a while since I've done a pregnancy update. Not much has changed. I decided I'll do the little questionnaire I did to document Esther's pregnancy this time. 

How far along? 30 weeks today

How big is the peanut? around 15 inches and about 3 pounds :) My belly has measured 5-6 weeks ahead the whole pregnancy but I really feel huge now. 

Total weight gain/loss? I have gained quite a bit recently. About 20 pounds total for the pregnancy. I've been eating slightly healthier than I did with Esther's pregnancy, but I've gained about the same amount at the same rate. I blame being pregnant around the holidays. 

Maternity clothes? Yes, and already outgrowing quite a few maternity shirts because they aren't long enough!

Sleep? Sleep is pretty good. I've had a few nights where it takes me forever to fall asleep, but I usually sleep pretty well. 

Best moment this week?Nothing very exciting happened this week, the best moment was probably just hanging out with Esther and Leland this weekend. 

Symptoms? I don't really have any of the typical symptoms like swelling or heartburn. I have been more emotional. It seems to have just barely hit in the last few weeks. I may have teared up a few times while watching Inside Out haha. 

Food cravings? I've had more of a sweet tooth lately. I made cookies a couple times, and a couple weeks ago I made Leland go get me some rainbow sherbet. 

Food aversions?None anymore, thankfully. 

Gender? GIRL!

Labor signs? Nope.

Belly button in or out? It's out this time which is super weird to me! It stayed in or flat for all of Esther's pregnancy. 

What I miss? Sitting normally. If I ever recline baby lays right against my spine, so I'm always either sitting cross legged on the floor or on my birth ball. 

What I'm looking forward to? Thanksgiving and Christmas! I am also excited for her to come, but I am enjoying being pregnant for now and trying not to wish it away the whole pregnancy like I did last time.
Milestones? Third Trimester. 10ish more weeks until she is here. :)


Esther doesn't acknowledge the baby in any way, even when we try to talk to her about it, but she she loves babies so I know she'll be super excited once she sees her. She is going to be a great big sister!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

RIP Mo-man

So today we went to DI. While looking at the Christmas decorations with Esther she saw this snowman and immediately loved it. It had a music box inside that played frosty the snowman. Since it was only $2 and I've been wanting to buy more Christmas decorations anyways we decided to buy it.

After the DI we were planning to go to a park. Well when we got out of the car Esther started screaming and crying when  I made her leave the snow man in the car. Since she was screaming we decided to ditch the park idea and go to golden corral for lunch instead. (My family all hates on golden corral but I love it and was really craving it haha). To keep her from screaming again we let her bring it in while we ate. She was holding it the entire time and calling it "mo-man". 

Later right before bed she was playing with it again. At first I was worried about her breaking it since it was ceramic, but we have 90% carpet in our apartment so I figured it would be fine if it fell. She was loving her snowman and dancing with it while it played frosty the snowman 1000 times. 

Well sure enough right after I took these pictures Esther dropped the snowman on the tiny patch of tile right by our front door. It is probably pregnancy hormones but I was seriously so sad when it broke haha. She loved it so much and was so cute with it. She was a little sad but I think she thought we could fix it or something, Oh well, maybe he'll be back again someday. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Church History Museum

For FHE on Monday we went to the Church History Museum at Temple Square. Leland and I had both been to this museum before, but they just spent the past year redoing it. It reopened in October just before general conference. It had a lot of neat things for both kids and adults. There were a lot of interactive exhibits with touch screens and short videos. We didn't get to look closely at all the exhibits because Esther kept us pretty fast paced haha. But we had a fun time and I learned a little about church history that I didn't know before. 

She loved all the props that were right down on her level. 

This little store replica had a door that opened and closed and Esther loved going in there. There wasn't even anything in there but she probably would have played here all night if we had let her. 

They had nativities set up from all the different countries in the world. Here is one from Ecuador, where Bennett is on his mission. 

Esther loved the kids section. Most of the things were too hard for her to do, like building a temple with blocks. She kept wrecking other kids temples haha, so we had to keep her corralled in this toddler area. 

The lighting is off in this picture, but it's the only one we got of the three of us. Esther kept looking at the Angel Moroni statue and saying "Jesus". 

We had a fun time until it was time to go. Esther had the winner of all her tantrums so far. I'm pretty sure everyone in that whole museum could hear her screaming. It was past her bedtime and she was letting everyone know it haha. Good thing I have Monsters Inc downloaded on my phone. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Esther at 20 Months

Ok it's probably a little ridiculous that I still count Esther's age in months, but I just do it for myself. When other people ask I just say she'll be two in March. It's so crazy that she will be two in four short months. Where has my baby gone?

we go for walks no matter the weather (she actually liked it too).
However I am really loving this age. She talks all the time and learns new words everyday. She can understand about 90% of things I tell her. She still tantrums a lot but she can be talked out of them usually.

Things I don't want to forget:

-She had become so affectionate lately. She finally gives real kisses! Complete with a smooch sound haha. She'll give me a kiss after her naps, about half the time I ask her though. She also kisses all her toys, Leland, animals in books, Loki, basically anything.

-Speaking of affectionate she does this little thing when ever I've been away from her, or if I've just been busy for a while (especially in nursery). She will hug me and pat my back and say "my mama, my mama". It melts me every time! She isn't usually clingy to me so it's nice to know she does miss me. 

-Her being excited. She gets so animated when she's excited. We go to story time every week at the library and she is usually the most enthusiastic one there. I think she is an extrovert and being around other kids makes her very happy. She jumps around and screams with joy the whole time. Same goes for nursery. When we bring the bubbles out she yells " bub-bo!" over and over again.  In these pictures she was so excited to throw the leaves up in the air haha. 

-Her words. She knows too many words to list here but some of my favorites are shape (for her book about shapes), ghos (ghost), punn (pumpkin), bear, ju (meaning juice aka any drink), two (referring to any numbers she sees), walk (which she says when she's pushing her baby in the stroller). She's also started putting a couple words together. When I turn the car off she gets excited and says "we're here!" And a few times when looking for Loki she's said "where he go?" She also says "iss hot" or "iss cold". 

-She's gotten better at us quizzing her. For the longest time she would say nothing on command and she's still like that for most things, but she is good at pointing out her body parts now. She can find her eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, hair, hands, feet and toes. She also likes to find things in the books we're reading. She likes the books that have a mouse or something on every page. 

-She is starting to have more favorite things now. Her favorite animals are cat, dog, mouse (mou as she says), and elephant (fent). She also loves the moon, much to Leland's delight. Anytime we're outside, day or night she can spot the moon and gets super excited when she does. She loves her toys more than ever now too, which is nice because she'll actually play by herself for good amount of time. 

-As much as she is starting to show love and excitement for things she is also getting very opinionated about things she doesn't like. Getting buckled in the carseat=torture. Diaper changes are a giant battle and the only way she'll sit in the cart is if she has fruit snacks the whole time. Also if we leave any place ever she generally throws a huge tantrum. The library is the worst. Though now I can tell her we are going home to play with kitty and she calms down haha. 

Taking her into the house when she's asleep is my favorite. 
 As much as I miss her baby days I love seeing this little girl grow up. I've really enjoyed looking back on all the posts I wrote for her first year, so I'm going to keep writing these updates even if they aren't interesting to anyone but me :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015

This year for Halloween we had a few events spread out over the days leading up to Halloween. Esther dressed up as a little black cat and she seemed to like her costume, She kept the hood on the whole time. She hated the face paint however. Leland would have to hold her down for me to put it on her, and you can tell by how it looks lol. The first event was our ward trunk or treat on Wednesday night. There were only about 10 cars there. I guess in this ward they have each car be a game and you have to "win" in order to get the candy. That was kind of weird since Esther was too little for all the games. We had fun though. 

On Friday we went trick or treating at Leland's work. All the employees handed out their own candy so Esther got a ton of good stuff there. She refused to ever say trick or treat or thank you, and most of the time she was too scared to go get the candy. She did like carrying around her bucket though. We didn't get any pictures of this sadly. 

On Halloween Day we went to the zoo in the morning. We had some free tickets and I figured it would be less crowded than a normal Saturday. Esther was kind of cranky while there, but we still had fun. We loved the baby orangutan like last time. Esther also really liked all the birds even the magpies that were flying around. She loved those more than most of the animals in the zoo haha. 

Before we left for the zoo. This is her face when she's done something naughty. 

A really bad picture, but the orangutan was right up against the glass doing tricks for attention :)
Looking at the elephants. 

After the zoo we came home so Esther could take a nap and relax a little. Then later that evening we went trick or treating to all the shops at Jordan Landing. It was fun but there were quite a lot of people there. Esther was done with trick or treating at this point so we didn't stay very long. 

The two little black kittens before we left for trick or treating. 

At one store Esther got a huge handful of saltwater taffy in her bucket. Later while she was looking through her bucket she started pulling out each piece and setting it aside. I thought it was so funny because earlier in the day Leland had been going through all of Esther's candy and sorting it. I didn't think Esther knew the difference well enough to sort it but she did. I guess she is going to be ultra organized just like her Dad :)

This turned out to be a good Halloween. It made me a little sad that we aren't living in Provo anymore because of all the fun things they have for kids to do there, but it's nice for us to make new traditions here too. I can't wait until next Halloween when I have two little girls to dress up. :) 

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