Fevers, for some kids, are a mark of illness. Your kid gets a fever, he is listless and whiny and clingy and maybe actually has symptoms of something, so you take your kid in and the doc says, “ear infection!” gives you some meds, and you are on your way to a fever free baby.
Not my kid.
My kid gets MYSTERY fevers. It can’t be an ear infection, because he is ALREADY ON ANTIBIOTICS. He isn’t listless. He is clingy and whiny and wants to hear the same books over and over and over and over and OMG I CANNOT READ THE BUS BOOK ANYMORE I AM SORRY I BURNED IT.
See, my kid gets mystery fevers that arent related to anything. Highish fevers – 103 is about the average.
And then, when the fever goes away…we’ve progressed to new developmental milestones.
The Dark Lordling had a mystery fever most of last week, which meant I spent 3 days home with him, and Brandus spent 1 and a half days home with him. During the fever, we read (and read and read and read) many books, we played at home, he was fairly normal, except for being clingy.
The fever went away on Friday…
Now he asks, BY NAME, for the Bus book(Ben’s First Ride on the School Bus), the House book (The Napping House), the Monster book (I See a Monster!)..makes all the noises in the Moo book (Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?)..identifies birds and dogs and sheep and monkeys and bears..puts on his own pants..tells me he is poopy or that he went pee pee..goes and gets a matched set of shoes for me or him..matches his animal memory tiles..says ‘no’ to anything he doesn’t want to do..pets the kitty nicely..goes and gets clothes/diaper/toy when I ask him to..goes to the bathroom door and waits when I say I have to go potty..puts his clothes in the hamper when he takes them off..takes OFF all of his clothes..
I think his brain overheats during developmental spurts. IT IS THE ONLY EXPLANATION.