So I was wrong. It wasn't teething. Well, she still might be teething, but how she was acting last week wasn't due to that. It was due to Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
Halfway through the day Thursday we received a call from our daycare provider that the other little girl there was just diagnosed with hand, foot, and mouth. Since Emily had not been there for almost a week at that point I figured we were out of the woods. Fortunately later that afternoon Emily was already scheduled for her 9 month check-up so we could throw the information by the doctor anyway.
When the appointment came the doctor checked Emily over well. She was developmentally ahead of her game and everything, but there was one concern. As he looked in her throat it was obvious...canker sores lined the back of her throat. No wonder the poor thing was cranky!
Yup... It was hand, foot, and mouth.
The doctor told us to simply treat her fever, if she had one, and let the illness ride out its course. He at least reassured us that it was a common childhood disease and she would soon get over it. But, she wasn't teething, or at least that wasn't her main concern right now.
So, several days later we are still without teeth, but all symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth are gone. She never even developed a rash on her palms or feet, which sometimes the child doesn't. Emily is her normal, happy self and back to eating everything in sight.
Except fish sticks.... apparently they aren't interesting enough to even stay awake to eat!