Collin's first Christmas started off with a bang. For some unknown reason, Kyle and I thought it would be a good idea to change Collin's g-tube on Christmas Eve. We've got it down to a science and it takes about 45 seconds, so we were going to just give him a nice clean button for Christmas. No big deal. Except that when we put the new one in, we couldn't pull anything out of his stomach, which is how you test to make sure the tube is properly placed. In fact, we couldn't even pull the plunger on the syringe at all; it was like it was pulling a vacuum. Needless to say, this is not supposed to happen and it made us nervous, so we took the new button out and put the old one back in so we could figure out what was going on. Except that now the old one was doing the same thing. At this point, I called the pediatric surgeon on call at Children's Hospital and he told us to come down to the ER. So, we turned off the stove and the oven that was finishing my Christmas cooking, pushed aside the last minute gift wrapping, and packed up for an afternoon of X-rays and examinations in the ER. They basically ended up figuring out that the tube was properly placed and said that they had no idea why we had experienced that problem with the syringe (which they had witnessed, as well), because that's not supposed to happen. Hm. Thanks. We gave Collin a full feeding at the hospital so he could be observed and he did fine, so we were discharged. We were all unbathed and disheveled, but we swung by our house to pick up whatever was ready and headed over to Christmas Eve dinner with our family. We were so glad to have made it, since we were afraid Collin might be headed for surgery, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening even though we were utterly exhausted from the stress and anxiety.
Christmas morning brought Collin's first gift from his Mom and Dad, which was significantly bigger than him. He almost had a joy heart attack at the sound of the paper being torn off, but was pretty unimpressed with everything else about the experience. We had ordered him a water therapy pool from WaterWayBabies, and we could hardly wait to try it out.
After a fun holiday weekend on the family farm, we came home and set up the pool. This is just a taste of the cuteness that ensued. Video is to follow.