So, we're thinking about returning the guinea pigs. They are somewhat expensive and they are not as hardy as we'd hoped, making it difficult for our small children to enjoy them the way they'd like to (by carrying them around, cradling them like babies, poking them in the eyes, and/or pulling out their fur). I have become somewhat attached, and am not entirely ready to give up on them. However, there is a 15-day return policy, and we will have to return them this weekend if that's what we decide.
I've added a poll on my sidebar, so please take a minute to weigh in on our decision. You will have no say whatsoever in our final decision, but I may take any comments you leave on this post into account before deciding.
P.S. In case you were wondering, our guinea pigs are both girls. Yes, I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I say we have two. No, we are not interested--in the least--in having many guinea pigs. And Martha's name has changed. First she was Peanut. Then Burp, then Hiccup, then Martha, then Julie, and finally Pepper. That is when I stepped in and said, "Enough! She is Pepper and that is final!" So they are Reeses and Pepper. Reeses is timid and still (I think she is so scared she just cowers and hides, mostly, but she'll hold still while you hold her), so the kids like to hold her the most. I have a soft spot for Pepper because she is an adventurer and loves to explore. She is not as afraid to come out when we're around, and she is fast and curious as she scopes out new surroundings. But she also won't tolerate being held as long, and has sharper claws that let you know when she's done being held. They are both so soft and adorable and love fresh hay and cucumbers.