Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook have probably seen the upteen thousand updates I've written about Samuel's recent eating developments (yes, I'm one of THOSE moms.) It's an understatement to say that I'm excited about his new-found appreciation of table food!
Yup, that is an EMPTY container of diced carrots.
During his occupational and speech therapy sessions, he gets a lot of practice with different textures and tastes. In the past, that's been about as far as it has gone. He continued to receive the majority of his calories through purees and bottles of Pediasure.
Recently he has made extraordinary progress with eating during therapy (not just with texture, but with quantity) and at home. We have seen the most significant improvement in his willingness to have someone put food into his mouth. Before, he wouldn't try foods with a soft texture because he didn't like the feel of it on his hands. Now that he will allow us to place the food directly into his mouth, he has eaten a wide variety of foods that he previously wouldn't touch - literally and figuratively.
Thank goodness he doesn't seem to have any food allergies - he LOVES peanut butter toast!
He is now taking about 75% of his calories through table food...a change so drastic that he gained over half a pound in a few weeks (a feat he hasn't accomplished since around his first birthday!)
In addition, he has been more interested in drinking from things other than his beloved bottle. We've been trying our best to cut down on the number of times he drinks from a bottle each day, and in return, he seems to be accommodating by drinking a little more from sippy cups and straws.
So yeah...we are excited. Ideally, we would love for him to be eating independently without any bribing, prompting, or distracting (after all, the child is nearly TWO!); but at this point, we will take what we can get. Thanks to all who have prayed for improvement in this area. It is the greatest lasting side-effect of his prematurity - one that we know will eventually disappear with time.
Mealtimes would be torture without the iPhone!
Humorously, this new found interest in table food seems to have transferred into other areas of his life. Never before have I worried about Samuel eating things off the floor that he shouldn't. Eating wasn't a priority for him. But just today I had to rush to his side to dig a piece of half-eaten cat food out of his mouth. ICK!!! Guess every new skill comes with a consequence...he is going to keep his momma on her toes! Ha!