Braska took two of her meals today orally.
What’s up? You’re just sitting there looking at the screen like nothing’s happening here. Let’s try this again…
Braska took two of her meals today orally! Do you get that??
She consumed, by spoon and via her mouth, enough food to count for a meal. Twice. In one day.
This is HUGE!
Has she done it before? Yes.
Can she do it regularly? Probably. If Mommy will get in gear and do it right.
Is this a normal occurrence? Nope. Not at all.
Braska CAN eat enough calories to be “a meal” if given the right combination of circumstances. The elements are not often aligned to make that happen. Liquids are another story, but she did take almost an ounce over about 25 minutes of feeding time and 12 to 15 sips.
The news is big. But it’s really largely because Mommy
set aside made the time to do it. That’s big.
I rely on the tube because it’s no hassle, no mess, super fast, and it gets the job done. Those are all things I like in just about every part of life. But I know that we have to make room in the schedule to help her get used to taking in real (though pureed) food and drink. A meal in this scenario takes about 40 to 50 minutes total. That’s a lot of time to set aside and be available to sit and wait. Assist here and there. Feed manually for a while. Allow breaks to happen. And go again when she gives the cue.
I have to reign in my disciplinarian self when she pushes the food away. I have to give her time after she refuses to take a drink for the 8th time. I have to try NOT to speak too firmly to her when she swings at the spoon as it comes. I’m learning from the pros that this isn’t the time for confrontation. I need to make it a good experience. So much thought. Just to eat. (And we’re not even CHEWING yet!)
All that to consume about 6 ounces of pureed food. Tonight it was pork roast with veggies. She really likes that one. Followed with a chaser of yogurt, always a hit.
I need to get this. I need to make this a priority. I need to slow down, even more than the “slow down” I’ve done in the past few weeks schedule-wise, and really give her the opportunity to do it.
But goodness… If you ever need to be shown just how impatient you are, and I am in no way delusional about my impatience, just try to feed a severely averse child who could NOT care less about food.
We’ll get there. But I may not make it with my sanity intact. Lord willing, I can hang on!