We were so fortunate to be able to have both my mom and Scott's mom fly in from WA and NC, and my sister Becca and her family drove in from ID and joined us last weekend for Annabelle's baptism! Our mothers arrived Thursday afternoon, and then Friday morning we were able to attend the 7am Provo City Center Temple open house. It had been several years since we attended our last temple open house so the kids were especially excited to be able to walk around the inside of the temple. Friday late afternoon Becca, Blake and Bella arrived. We mostly just hung out, visited, cooked and ate together :).
The baptism was at 130pm on Saturday at our church building. Two other children from our ward were also getting baptized so we shared the program; it was nice not having to do everything, all the talks etc :). Each of the other two families had someone give a talk, one on the Holy Ghost and the other on Baptism, and our family was in charge of doing a musical number. Elisabeth played "Promises" on the piano while Annabelle, Elisabeth (in a microphone at the piano), Charles and Bella (the other kids were standing at the pulpit microphone) sang the words. It's the perfect song for a baptism. Elisabeth was also the pianist, I was the chorister and Scott's mom said the closing prayer. Everything was lovely.
Before the baptism we noticed that Nora's fever of 101 the night before, had since gone up to 104! We gave her some liquid tyelonol and then went on with the baptism. After people had gone home we checked her temperature again and she was around 104.6. We gave her more tyelonol (we made sure it was 4 hours after the first dose) and her temperature came down slightly but it was still 104. We called a nurse hotline and the nurse told us to bring her in to the ER. We did and they immediately gave her ibuprofen and got a urine sample and did xrays on her chest and checked her ears. No infection in urinary tract or ears, and no pneumonia, and the ibuprofen started to bring her temperature and heart rate down. We were there for a couple of hours and then we were sent home and they told us to give her both ibuprofen and tyelonol around the clock until her fever broke, but that if the fever persisted for more than three days to bring her into the doctor. We did as they said and after day 3 of the fever I called the doctor and was advised to let it go for 5 days and if after 5 days she still had a fever, then to bring her in. Well day 4 her fever started to come down to under 103 and by day 5 her fever was gone. Hallelujah! We've never before had a child whose temperature got up to 104 and we've never before had a child whose fever lasted more than just a day or two. We said lots of prayers and she was given a priesthood blessing from her dad Sunday night all of which were helpful and comforting and we knew she'd be okay. Here she is at the ER, eating a slushy and watching TV with the new stuffed animal, Dumbo, which they gave to her. (she also got a popsicle, juice and suckers and they were so good and sweet with her and loved talking to her and kept telling her how cute and pretty she was...I didn't think she'd ever want to leave!)