Christmas in Review

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In short, I was pleasantly surprised :)


I cooked a ton of good food, and most importantly my dairy-allergic brother in law didn't get sick once!!!!, everyone stayed over several nights, we had a family Twister tournament (seriously, my mom was beating my brother!!!), we played cards till 1am accompanied by lots of good things to drink, we broke out my Office Clue game, and we had our annual knock down drag out Monopoly shootout. We had family prayer time and enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Eve service together. And everyone loved Banana and Bert.

I think everyone was comfortable and happy here, and that makes us very happy. YAY!!

I did test BFN on Christmas Eve, and maybe it's not a healthy coping mechanism, but I didn't think twice about it (what else did I expect?) and allowed myself to have nary an empty glass for most of the time my family was here. In that same vein, I allowed myself a break from my Infertility Cure ban on coffee and alcohol and chocolate and white flour.... I trusted the validity of that BFN, but it was a little unsettling that I didn't start a new cycle till yesterday. Maybe it was the excitement/good "stress" of having everyone here.

The only major snafoo is that we went about a half hour away from here for dinner on Monday night, and when we returned we found that Bert and Banana had eaten 1 lb of peppermint bark (yes, including milk/dark chocolate), two tins of my mom's cookies, and one of the two gingerbread houses we had decorated. Gulp. Banana had already thrown up twice, but we had to give Bert hydrogen peroxide to make him throw up (on the advice of the emergency vet over the phone). We were pretty freaked out, since chocolate can be deadly to dogs. Banana was still looking awful yesterday morning (she threw up twice more), and her abdomen and chest area were so bloated that they were pretty hard to the touch. You know, like the symptoms for deadly dog bloat. Double gulp. We took her to the vet first thing yesterday morning, and the vet didn't expect dog bloat (the twisting of the stomach kind), but Banana has pretty dehydrated. So the vet kept her at her office yesterday and gave her a shot of antivomit meds and a liter of fluids. Luckily for us, Banana was well enough to come home at 7:30pm last night!!

Except that Banana pulled out the catheter port that the vet had bandaged up in case she needed more fluids this morning. So we look over at one point last night and see that there is blood all over the pillow and blanket she was sitting on. Me and Mr. A had to unbandage her arm and pull out the catheter/needle, and rebandage it. I have never been queasy (and I suspect that maybe it had something to do with the fact that I was bleeding by that point, too- thank you CD1), but I had to go out on the deck for a few minutes. Luckily, the vet said this morning that her arm should heal fine and that she should be back to normal digestive-wise in a few days. Crisis averted!!!

So all in all, it was a great Christmas. I have other reflections on the continued failure to achieve pregnancy, but that will be for another post. Today should be a relaxing day- have to keep an eye on Banana, but I can get some cleaning up done from the blessed din of having 8 adults over for several days!!!


callmemama said...

I'm so glad you had a great Christmas with your family! Sounds like a lovely time :).
Poor doggies! Some dogs really have problems with chocolate - others not at all. My dog kept getting into our (really expensive) 80% cacao chocolate last year and he never looked anything but guilty and satisfied afterward :). My mom's dog once climbed up on the kitchen table and ate an entire 2 layer chocolate cake. And regularly followed the kiddies around slurping out of their mugs of hot chocolate when they set them down. Naughty doggy.
Glad they weren't hurt seriously! A trip to the vet is never fun, but that would have been a horrible end to the holiday if they had gotten extremely ill.

Melissa said...

Glad that everything worked out!

Poor poor doggies! Man, sounds brutal! Hope they get 100% better!

Hillary said...

Oh, I'm SO thankful to hear you had such a lovely time with your family!! All the preparations paid off. :)

Also thankful to hear Bert & Banana are doing better - poor doggies!

the misfit said...

OK, given that the crisis is averted, that actually strikes me as funny about the dogs. They are so not supposed to have sweets, and they stole A LOT of sweets. Do their doggy memories work well enough not to steal sweets next time?

Super congrats on a fabulous family Christmas. Better than a BFP...almost :).

Coco said...

So glad you had some fabulous time with your family!!! I don't know your mom but I have a very vivid image of her playing twister. Haha.

And I'm sorry about your dogs, I know it's scary, but I just sat and laughed my head off, might have peed a little. I guess it was funny because you said upfront that it was a small problem, or the crisis was over, or something. Bwahahaha. Naughty dogs. I had a dog eat an Easter basket once... sparkly fake grass and all. When she tried to "pass" it all out, the streamers got stuck coming out of her back end and she yelped and tried to out run them. I was laughing so hard I couldn't catch her for a while, but finally was able to pull them free. LOVE DOGS!!!

Becky said...

I'm so happy to hear that everything worked out so well with your family - all your preparations and food sounded wonderful!

Dog + Chocolate = my Christmas last year. So scary - I am glad they are both doing okay.

AL said...

I'm so glad that you had the Christmas you imagined with your family! It sounds like it was a wonderful time!

Poor pups - i would have been so freaked out too! Glad they are both on the mend and hope they're both back to 100% soon.

hollytraveling said...

Sounds like an incredibly lovely Christmas and surrounding days. Yay to mom on winning Twister! I'm a clue fanatic, I didn't know they had an Office version. I want to look into that for our friends dinner party/board game night New Year's Eve.

So scary about the pups. Glad everything turned out OK and that they're feeling better. Guess Banana now has a partner in crime. Though I'd suspect Bert led that rebellion. Doggies.

Sorry about the BFN.

Kristin (kekis) said...

Sounds like a wonderful time with family - people you love, games, good, beverage and fun! Happy to hear the dogs will be okay. I'm not one to say anything about dogs stealing things!

lowfatlady said...

So glad that you had a really nice christmas. Sorry about your pup though, that sounds scary. I'm glad he's doing ok.