Ethan ate his first solid food in over a month today. See, Halloween is good for something, eh? It was an old favorite, regular M&M's. Thanks, Jerin for sharing! He also ate a sucker too. Yes, he is feeling better.
One of the chemo medications Ethan is on during this phase of treatment is called Ara-C. This medication made Ethan very sick the last couple of weeks. But, thankfully, he gets a break from that for a couple weeks, then he's back on it...for a couple of weeksu. Since he's not on that, he's feeling tons better. He's been playing lots and lots with his trains (driving them off the couch again and again and laughing his head off and shouting "uh-oh!"), cars, books, puzzles, and anything else he can get his hands on.
Because he's been in the hospital for so long, the muscles in his legs have atrophied a bit, so it's hard for him to stand and crawl, let alone walk. So we're helping him to get up to speed with that while he's on his little Ara-C break and getting exercise carrying him all around the house. =) When we give him his antibiotics, it goes through his PICC line. Ethan is so cute and will hold out his little arm for us even though he doesn't like it.
Since he's been home, he's learned a few new words such as "frog", "horse", "Tootles" (from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), "Pluto", "Duck" (for Donald Duck), "yes" and has taken to singing songs like "lalalala". He has also grown quite attached to the movie "Cars" and says "beep beep" thoughout much of the movie. But the best of all are the hugs we get from him. He is very loving - a trait we hope he'll keep. =)