Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the Fever

Posted June 6, 2021 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 9 Comments


The one with the Fever

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Well today went from good to bad real fast. Started off with a nice breakfast, doing some blog visiting, putting in our Walmart grocery order for the afternoon and even had both COYER book club and the PsyChangling Readalong chat. The whole time Dante had sniffles and a low-grade fever. Since he was going down for nap and we wanted him to sleep well, went ahead and gave him some Motrin. Got him up from nap 2 hours later and he was burning up. 102.8 temperature… with Motrin just 2 hours before. For a bit it got scary, we couldn’t get his temperature to stay down. We were doing lukewarm baths and alternating Motrin with Tylenol. The emergency nurse line told us if his temperature got to 104 we needed to get him to the ER. He went to sleep at like 8:30 with around 100 temp. We checked on him numerous times and he was holding steady around 99 – 100 temp. Then at midnight it spiked to 102.6 again. We did Tylenol and I could feel his temp going back down, so we tried to put him back to bed but he screamed bloody murder. So he slept on me in the rocking chair from around midnight to 2 a.m. At that point his fever was back down to 97.8! Crazy right? And he was sound asleep, so I finally put him in his crib and went to bed.


We had a fitful night’s sleep. I woke at 5 and 5:30 and 8 checking on Dante – each time he felt fine. Kiko woke too.. he told me at like 7 and 9:30. Dante finally woke up at around 10 (as did we – we were exhausted) and came to bed with us for a bit. Then we did breakfast and checked temperatures, etc. He was perfect. Even his cough wasn’t as bad. Still major runny nose.

So I spent the day doing the things I had planned on yesterday afternoon & evening – laundry, meal prep, cleaning. The one faux pas was that we let Dante take a late nap – he wasn’t ready to sleep at his normal nap time but we felt like he needed sleep, so we didn’t want to skip nap. Well, when bedtime rolled around he wasn’t ready. We put him down, but he was still in there playing with his stuffie and talking to himself when I fell asleep at 10 p.m. Kiko tells me he fell asleep at 10:30 p.m.


Today was a good day. Despite falling asleep super late, Dante woke up right on schedule and in a good mood. He hardly coughed last night and this morning. I had a great workout and was ready right on time. Work was slow, but I was able to spend a lot of time on my coding learning. Dante had a great day at daycare, ate well, napped well, played well.

I had told Kiko I was struggling to get out the door in the morning on time without waking up too early and sacrificing sleep that I need. Since he is not a morning person, he said he can take care of more of the things I tend to do at night that keep me up late.  So I’m on schedule to get to bed about 8:30/8:45 tonight – I’ll read for a bit and hopefully be sound asleep by 9:30. Hoping I feel well rested tomorrow.


Today was pretty good. Routine seems to be working out really well still. Dante cried at drop off, but did great at daycare and was happy at pickup. Work was steady in the morning, but then I had most the rest of the afternoon to work on my coding. The only real negative was that Dante was super fussy this evening. He only wants me. He cries non-stop with Kiko and I don’t know what to do about it. I feel like Kiko’s feelings are starting to get hurt. Has anyone ever had this happen with a kid? Kiko’s an amazing dad and it’s really just since Dante was sick.


Today was more of the same. I was frustrated this morning because I literally ate one – ONE – off plan thing yesterday. A slice of garlic cheese bread. And I gained almost 2 pounds. So frustrating. Why?!?! So I’ve been really focused today and hope to recover lost ground. But seriously, I can’t live on only ever eating perfectly.

In other news – a consistent theme this week is that Dante is very fussy in the evenings. I pick him up from daycare and we have a great report. He ate, he slept, he played. Then we get home and he’s pretty much non stop whining. Not crying, but nothing makes him happy except to be in my arms. And while I’m happy to play with him, I can’t JUST play with him. I have shit to do to get ready for the next day. Normally Kiko and I would divide Dante time, but he’s not happy with daddy right now. It’s so frustrating. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on and, more importantly, how to fix it. This can’t continue. I’m going to lose my mind.


So today I spiraled. I woke up and, as always, weighed myself. Despite eating perfectly yesterday I’m up ANOTHER 1.5 pounds. And I just lost my shit. Why am I working out and eating healthy to gain weight?! So on the way to work I stopped at Starbucks and got what I’ve wanted all week (though I wouldn’t normally at it all at once) – a hot chocolate, a ham and cheese croissant, and a chocolate croissant. Of course, I then felt like shit – both physically (because that’s too much junk food at once) and emotionally (because now I will definitely gain weight). And I tried really hard, but I didn’t really pull myself out of it at all today. Blerg.

Dante had another good day and was less fussy tonight. Yay! We had dinner, played a bit, and then it was bedtime. After he went to bed I stayed up a bit later than I should have listening the book 3 of ACOTAR. I was in the final 2 hours and couldn’t put it down. What a way to wrap things up. I know there are more books in the world, but this is it for the initial story.


I think I’ve realized something – Dante is fussy in the evenings when we get home because that’s just his fussy time of day. It feels worse now because it’s the only time we spend with him really during the week, but he’s always been a bit fussier between 5 and 8:30 (bedtime). I say that because today has been a good day, but 5pm the fussiness began. Not as bad as on daycare days, but I think it’s not as bad as I’ve been thinking too.

I spent most of today taking care of chores – laundry, sweeping & mopping the balcony, disinfecting Dante’s humidifier, ordering groceries, cleaning bathrooms – and also taking care of some blogging and a bit of relaxing too 🙂 Tomorrow’s agenda is similar –    picking up groceries, meal prep, cleaning fridge, and blog visiting… with some more relaxing!

Blog News

I did a bit more visiting this week, but not as much as I would like. I’m working on it y’all! Thank you for your comments, though, I really appreciate every single one, even if I don’t reply.

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Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

This week I finished:

I’m participating in 4 reading challenges this year. Here’s how I’m doing:

Backlist Reader hosted by Lark @ Bookwyrms Hoard: 23 books

Library Love hosted by Books of My Heart & Angel’s Guilty Pleasures: 4 books

New Release hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms: 1 book

COYER (Spring) hosted by Because Reading: 26 books

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Berls has
read 15 books toward
her goal of
50 books.

FitReaders (hosted by Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About & Felicia The Geeky Blogger)

My big goal for 2021 is to get down to my goal weight. It means losing 70 pounds this year.

As I described above, I really thought I was on a role. Working out Monday – Thursday hard, plus restorative yoga on Fridays, eating my veggies and really staying on plan. But I crashed and burned on Friday when – for the second day in a row – I gained weight despite all that.

I have an unhealthy relationship with the scale and I know this. So I probably need to change how often I weigh, but without that number going down it’s really hard to stay focused and motivated. So IDK what I’m going to do. Trying to refocus for next week.

Weight gain/loss: + 3.6 lbs for the year

Added to My Shelf

I’m trying to be more responsible about keeping track of the books I acquire, so I’m going to start sharing them again. If I share them here, surely I’ll remember to add them to Goodreads, right?

How was your week? What are you Reading?

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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9 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | The one with the Fever

  1. First of all, glad the scare with Dante turned out okay! That fever thing is so scary! Also, about this time last year I signed up for Weight Watchers. I kind of did it for about a month, then I was off plan again and haven’t done it since really. The thing that stunk was that I’d gotten a special three month rate, which meant I had to keep the membership for a month or I’d get charged all of what I’d gotten the deal on. Oh well. I just canceled last month so that I’m not paying for it anymore. I thought I’d get back to walking 3-5 miles a day like I was 10 years or so ago. But let’s just say I was a lot younger and in better shape then. And with the heat coming in this week, I’ve only gone and walked once so far. I guess we just keep trying though! Hope your week is going better!
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  2. What a week. I hope this one is going along well for you. I was thinking about what you were writing about food and weight. I wanted to share in case it is helpful that we all deal with decision fatigue and the longer the day goes on the harder it is to make the best decisions for ourselves because it is exhausting. I know you like to plan your days and in that way you are like me. when it comes to food, I am best served when I plan out what I am going to be eating and then follow that plan so that I don’t have decision fatigue and wind up standing in my kitchen eating a bag of chips in a fog. 🙂 But in any case, my opinion is don’t beat yourself up.

  3. Oh no- poor Dante. Glad he felt better as time went on though (minus the fussiness). I remember those days. 🙂 Hang in there, and hope you’re having a good weekend! 🙂

  4. I’m sorry Dante was so sick but I’m glad he seems better now. And I’m sorry that one piece of garlic bread caused problems. Weight is tough. Sometimes, you can be perfect and still not get the results you want. Maybe it wasn’t the garlic bread. Even if it was, you can’t be perfect always. Be kind to yourself!

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  5. Sorry to hear that Dante has been under the weather, poor little guy. As for you do you think that maybe you gained muscle weight not fat weight because they weigh the same but are different and you said you have been working out?? So don’t get to frustrated about gains, just do what you are suppose to do as we all have up and down fluctuating weight…the struggle is real! I am dealing with that a lot myself.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  6. Fevers in little ones are so scary. I’m glad Dante seems to be over his. You’re probably right that he’s just fussier around 5:00 pm. He may be tired, or hungry, or just needing some quiet time or snuggles. As for wanting you over daddy, some of that was probably not feeling well, and some may just be a phase related to his age and development. Tell Kiko that you know it probably feels hurtful, but it’s not so much a rejection of Kiko as a demand for mommy (especially after a day away.) Just keep trying to help him connect with Dante. See if the two of them can play games while Dante sits in your lap, or games that involve all three of you, so he associates “daddy” with fun. And maybe also with food — does Kiko ever feed him or fix his food?

    I hear you on the weight frustration. But a couple of pounds in a day is often just water retention, and can be affected by hormonal changes, how much salt you took in the day before, and probably other factors as well. I’m with Anne — it may be best to weigh once or twice a week. And be easy on yourself. You are dealing with a LOT: a pandemic, a baby, a job… Make your healthy choices as often as you can, let yourself eat something delicious but unhealthy once in a while, and love yourself. (I’m trying to practice what I preach on all of that, with mixed success. So I really do empathize.)

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  7. Well I’m glad the fever broke and Dante got better. My daughter also had more of an attachment to me maybe because I was totally focused on her? And I did the breastfeeding. I was normally the one to pickup and dropoff at daycare. I remember one day I had to fly to another city for a meeting when she was about Dante’s age. So my ex did all the daycare and when I got home I came up the basement stairs which was attached to the garage and she was standing at the gate at the top of the stairs crying and saying Mommy mommy. I don’t remember if he just told her I was coming since he heard the car / garage door or if she had been fussy all along. She was almost never fussy so it was unusual. But I was the routine keeper. He is the fun guy. I think maybe she was never fussy with me since she always knew what to expect? Consistency really is helpful.

    I wouldn’t weigh in more than once a week, or less. There are always going to be ups and downs. I just try to always have smarter options available. COVID kind of blew things up and a bit the whole GF thing. I never used to have any candy or chips in the house. I had fruit and not dessert. Now we are too lax. Hang in there.

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