7:30 PM: It's been a pretty good day. Sophie and Elisabeth have had no further nausea problems (so it probably was just car-sickness). Sophie and Randall had a good day at home, and Randall got quite a few things accomplished, including preparing a delicious new recipe from one of our cookbooks. Sophie did okay with her potty training until Randall was right in the middle of cooking the sauce (which required close attention), and she chose that moment to poop in her panties--twice in less than 5 minutes (she did it again later a third time too). Luckily, I came home just at that time, so I could help get the rest of dinner pulled together.
Sophie took a bath after dinner, and after that we changed her dressing. It went incredibly well. I had everything laid out, so we were ready to go. We let her sit up instead of making her lay flat, and although she cried when I pulled the old dressing off, she stopped crying fairly quickly. She did great while I was cleaning with the alcohol swabs (three of them). Her lip started to quiver when I did the chloraprep (especially on the places where the tape had held the bottom of the dressing in place), but she held it together. I moved the dressing up a little bit so we wouldn't be putting tape over the irritated spots, and she's been a happy little person ever since. Elisabeth helped with the cap change and pushing in the saline and heparin. Daddy cheered us on and held her hands for me. Everybody did a terrific job! Maybe dressing changes won't be so traumatic from here on out.
Another reason to celebrate: Randall found out that he made A's in two of his classes (he's taking an incomplete in the third and will write a 25-page paper over the summer). That's pretty good considering what we've been through this semester. I'm so proud of him!