Our week has been pretty low-key, thanks to a fever virus that Ali contracted quite suddenly at 2am Monday morning.

Although, if a kid’s gonna get sick, I prefer the fever virus over all other ailments, because,

a) parents/other adults seem to be completely immune to it,

b) there are no other awful side effects (like, say, puke) to deal with, and

c) fevers just make kids less energetic and snuggly, which can be mistaken (or purposefully misconstrued) as extra-loving-toward-their-Mommies.

So we hung out at home all day Monday and Tuesday, with my only escape being a pre-planned girl’s night Monday night, which meant that Ali got the benefit of alone time with Daddy, and the “uniquities” that come with that arrangement.

Since Ali had been pretty bummed that she’d had to miss Gymnastics AND Bible Study so as to not spread her fevery goodness (She asked me most pitifully, “But where is a place that I can go???”), Daddy decided to take her to dinner.

And so, they had dinner (yes, DINNER) at Yogurt Mountain:

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…which apparently goes a long way to cheer up an otherwise homebound kid.

…until their fever chills kick in, and they can’t eat the rest of their frozen dinner.

And so, they headed home, and after her warm bath just made her colder, Chris decided to do to her what he does to himself when he has a fever, and dressed her from fingertip to toe, with the help of mittens:Back Camera
And since this worked so well in warming her up AND cheering her up, he put her to bed like that, mittens and all.

And, although I gave him that incredulous “you-put-our-child-to-bed-in-MITTENS?!?!” look when I got home, she didn’t wake up feverish at all that night. And when I got her out of the bed the next morning, she was still quite happily and completely mittened.

Sometimes, Daddy ingenuity pays off.

Luckily (or maybe due to the mittening), her fever left on Tuesday, so we were finally able to leave our quarantine this morning.

And I was quite relieved, because we’d had plans to relive what is currently reigning as Ali’s first memory: Pumpkin Picking.

We went two years ago when Ali was only 20 months old, and she quite surprisingly remembers that trip, and her haul of a white pumpkin, very clearly:

(Don’t be fooled by the proportions – that pumpkin was really the size of a large grapefruit.)

She remembers the event so well, in fact, that she holds quite a bit of bitterness towards me about it – every now and then, she’ll pull out her Feminine Book of Blame and accusatorily ask me, “So what did you DO with my White Pumpkin?!?!?!”

…And so I tell her about the Hoarders episode I saw about that… that lady’s three-year-old pumpkin was not a pretty sight when they unearthed it under a couple dead cats and twenty-five pounds of old newspapers.

But at any rate, I was very glad that she was well in time for our trip so that I could redeem my reputation and let her get a new pumpkin.

And, sure enough, after a hayride with her cousins Eli and Tessa,

(Which offered a spectacular view that was totally worth the entire trip, by the way,)


and a very dedicated and determined search,IMG_1071

she managed to find the one and only white pumpkin left in the field,IMG_1076

…and decided that she could find it in her heart to love me again.IMG_1064


….but only if I’d let her go to bed with mittens on, too.

16 thoughts on “Pumpkin Fever.

  1. SO much good stuff in this post. The yogurt dinner, mittens… but I love the white pumpkin story the best. And the pics!

  2. We had fun today!

    We STILL haven't been to YoMo and that picture makes me think that I need to go. Like right now.

  3. Looks like fun. Glad she is feeling better! Averi just got over the crud too. And what is it about white pumpkins? Both of my girls picked out white ones when we went too:)

  4. Love this post. So glad Ali is feeling better. It was probably the YoMo that did it. Glad she found another ghostly pumpkin!

  5. Such great pictures!!!!! I love how Chris took such good care of her. So sweet. And I have not ever thought of the mittens. Maybe you could have some "sick" mittens that only get pulled out when she is feeling bad. I might have to think on that one.

  6. (I accidentally published an empty comment :P whoops. What I meant to say was…)

    I love that Chris took all those pictures – my husband always forgets. And I love the mittens, at my house we've got "magic mummy tummy soup" that always makes them feel better and "mummy's sick dog" that's a stuffed animal with a hot water bottle inside. Whoever is sick gets to sleep with it. As long as they promise not to vomit on it.

    I saw that Hoarders episode; you should never keep a pumpkin for 3 years. Or a dead cat.

  7. That is so cute! K wears a mitten to bed every night b/c I am at my wit's end with the hair pulling out thing and it seems to help a little. She is getting quite the little bald patch above her ear again. Grr.

    That is an interesting pumpkin patch…just a field where they've placed pre-picked pumpkins? We get to pick ours off straight off the vine up here. Haha:)

  8. If mittens make her happy it is an easy fix. Now, what will you do with her white pumkin this year? Can they be preserved? Great pictures.

  9. How sweet…. I wish I had that cup of yogurt fun stuff right now… and the pumpkin is so cute. You could make it into a little ghost…great pics

  10. yay white pumpkins! so yummy!

    and yay mittens! even though I can't stand having anything on my hands or feet…

  11. Rachel, It was wonderful to see you (again) in person today at the Harbert Plaza! What a wonderful meet-and-greet that was. You looked beautiful … you were glowing! :)

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