Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What is that?

There on his shirt? Its a food stain. Why is this something to blog about? Since Alex was able to eat we have been feeding him. For almost 3 year we have been spoon feeding him. For a big chunk of that time it was because he did not have the motor skills to do it himself. Also when his feeds took an hour because of reflux/throw up I would give him toys to play with so he would have something to do. Those days are over. He has the skills to feed himself, and the throw up is very rare. Alex and I love routine, we thrive on it, so even change that is positive is hard for both of us.

It takes longer.



But he is doing it!






He signs book with tears in his eyes because he is used to having that toy.

It is hard to change sometimes, but it is time. Frustrated and all this boy can do it himself!


I love you Alex:)






Monday, January 10, 2011

The Dentist

Last week Alex went for his very first teeth cleaning. He did fantastic. The only thing that scared him was laying back in the seat. He did much better sitting up. He didn't love it,but he tolerated it, and I was so proud of him. This was also the first time this germ fearing mom let him play with waiting room toys. Since he walked into the office I couldn't keep him strapped in his stroller. :)



Not happy, but tolerating, and with a prize bag to boot!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

It's a girl!!!!!

Today our family of six grew by one........ She cried as we drove away from her only home........
But after much attention and love from the boys she relaxed.......

Max was in love when we got home.



And thought he would give the puppy's blanket with her mommas sent a try too.....





The boys wore her out.......


She is settling in.......



We already love her........



Welcome to the family Bella.








Friday, January 7, 2011

Another feeding post?

That's right!
You would too, if your once NPO, then only pureed eating baby for 3 years ate a forth of his shredded chicken BBQ sand which!
With pureed bites of BBQ chicken in between bites of sand which this boy didn't gag, cough, or choke at all, nope, not even once. At our last feeding therapy visit (you remember when he walked all the way down that hall), we were instructed to start giving Alex mashed or soft food, not pureed. Or along with the pureed. It started with this sand which and since then he has had baked beans, and lasagna not pureed, and to be honest not even mashed, just nickel sized bites all regular textured food!!!!!!! YIPPEE!
Someday the food cubes willbe gone, and I will have my freezer back!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

That was then, this is now.........

3 years ago I had to carry Alex in his infant car seat down that hall, all the way back to where you can see the exit sign to Speech/feeding therapy.
When he out grew the seat, I carried him.
When he could walk holding my hand I would walk him half of the way, then carry him the rest.




But, that was then.





I have no other words:)


Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Snow Day

A few days ago we had a snow day, well, it was really an ice day, but to follow tradition we will call it a snow day. It wasn't all work and no play, because we stayed in our pajamas.



We played trains.

Did puzzles.



did lots of reading.


Made homemade sugar cookies.


I love snow days, even without the snow.
So glad they are predicting snow for Christmas this year, the boots and sleds are ready!!!!!




Monday, January 3, 2011

Food art.

A noodle covered in tomato sauce, an old source of gagging, retching, and throwing up. For 2.5 years I have been pureeing meal, after meal, after meal, and then to boot side dish after side dish. While this task still consumes me, while my freezer remains full of food cubes, there is a light, I see it at the end of this eating disorder tunnel.




From NPO to miracles, this is food art indeed.
Still eats mostly pureed food 7 ounces 4 times a day, still gets 97% of his peptamin jr by tube, but I will celebrate every milestone!