She woke up this afternoon (yes, it was after noon) and demanded a princess dress and I knew today would be a better day. It isn't great or fantastic or even quite normal, but it is better.
Yesterday, she kept down 23 ounces of Pedialyte and had two wet diapers, she was awake for about 6 hours. Today, her fever is gone and she's already had 23 ounces of fluid and we'll get at least 6 more in before bedtime. She slept past noon and took a nap shortly after waking, but she is back to herself today for the most part, (she's actually lovingly tormenting her brother right this second! "BubTar, I stole your balls! Na-na-na-na-naaa!" No, it isn't a adult version of I Stole Your Nose, she is referring to a TOY.). She's already had FOUR wet diapers today, which seems miraculous in itself. She vomited once today, after I let her have some dry toast. Eating triggers coughing jags, which in turn causes vomiting. The cough is mostly gone otherwise, but is disruptive and vomit-inducing after she has eaten anything at all. I'm not sure how to go about restarting her normal feeds as anything heavy in her stomach seems to trigger the coughing/vomiting cycle and it doesn't so much good to feed her if it will back up momentarily. The pediatrician suggested that we try 1/2 Pedialyte, 1/2 Pediasure feeds and see if that stays down and then gradually increase the amount of Pediasure. So far, so good.
The long and short of it is, she is improving, but not completely better just yet. Tomorrow we are supposed to have an early Christmas with my parents, the next day is dinner with Josh's family, the day after that is Christmas. It looks like she'll be up to enjoying all of it just in the nick of time, ready to twirl around the rooms in her party dress and show everyone her fancy "clippy-cloppy" dress shoes, to laugh and giggle and dance, everything just as it should be once again.