was lovely. Mostly. We spent the morning at home opening presents and just hanging out. The babies liked the wrapping paper as well as or better than an of the gifts, but they got a lot of nice things from Grandmas, Grandpas, and friends.
Christmas afternoon, we headed over to visit some friends who have one-year-old boy/girl twins. As if that wasn't enough, some other friends with two-year-old identical girl twins stopped by for a while. Twin-fest! It was crazy, but fun. Once the kids were all in bed, us adults had dinner and chocolate fondue by the fire. MMM. It was really relaxing, and the babies slept great. I'd been worried that they would freak out because of not being at home, but they didn't seem to care. All in all, a good first Christmas. Here are pictures of Riley Claus and a Maddie elf:
sucks. Really, really sucks. GH's tumor marker counts are through the roof, higher than ever, even at diagnosis. He has swelling in his legs, a side effect of chemo. His mouth is filled with sores; it hurts to talk, eat, swallow. His nose bleeds a bit every so often. He's tired. His liver function is elevated. We're running out of options.
GH is seriously considering taking a leave of absence from work. He and I are both scared of this because of what it represents. He's always been well enough to work and thinking that he might no longer be is scary. Also, his work has no short-term disability plan, so I have no idea what we'll do financially. OK, I actually know perfectly well what we'll do financially: we'll mooch off of our relatively well off parents. It never feels good to be a 35-year-old married professional who suddenly can't take care of her own finances. Yeah. Our parents will be happy to help, but it still feels icky.
Fun stuff! The twins have started solid food and love it: sweet potato, pears, prunes, peas, banana, and avocado. Green beans will be tried today. I'm making all of their food, which is easy and economical and more healthy (in my opinion). Here's the problem: all of this solid food is constipating them. We're feeding them tons of prunes, which is helping a bit. And our pediatrician recommended prune juice mixed with water in a bottle, which we'll try, although
Riley still hates the bottle so not sure that will fly. Other than "all prunes, all the time," do any of you have recommendations on un-constipating babies? I've heard that a bit of mineral oil in the food can help, but out pediatrician says that that's a last resort for babies who haven't pooped in days. We're not there yet. Thank goodness.
Fun times with solids:
I keep promising more interesting topics and I keep not delivering. I'm brewing posts about Maddie's physical therapy, my upcoming job interview (!), and a few other tidbits. Stay tuned, if you can.