Monday, March 30, 2009

Photographic evidence

Proof that for the first time in who knows how long, Alan ingested calories. In his mouth.






Do you see a resemblance?? No it wasn't an actual cheetoh, it was a gerber finger food cheesy flavored whole grain puff. But he put it in his mouth and chewed and swallowed. Later after I thought I cleaned up all the food mess that had been made when I excitedly pulled out little bits of everything I thought he might like, he got a bolus feed. well right toward the end when his tummy was extremely full, he was unsupervised and must have found a cheese puff that I failed to clean up and had already consumed almost the whole thing before I got to him. With the full tummy of formula and all he inevitable hacked up some milk.. but it wasn't all the feed by any means so I was fine with it. Just psyched that he had taken some initiative to eat something again he thought was yummy.

I definitely think this is reinforcement that I agree more with the Graz model of feeding therapy http://www.kinderpsychosomatik.at/home/en/index.php Basically immersing the child in age appropriate feeding opportunities that encourage autonomy and independence vs. the more structured scheduled means of encouraging oral intake.
I think we may have to have a picnic later today!!
If I were rich and Alan were stable, I'd so take him on an Austria vacation to learn to eat.


Well.. backtracking a little. Alan has done well recovering from surgery. He's pretty much back to his old tricks.
After a day or two of freedom, Alan was still a little pale without any O's on, so we made him put the cannula back on on 1/8. Its amazing how much a difference a very small about of O2 can make. Let me tell you, he was thrilled about getting another cannula on.. :(

3 comments:

shan said...

Yay Alan! He is just adorable:) We are fans of those cheezy poofs here at our house too, those and the yogurt melts (Marie thinks they're candy) :)

I'm glad he's doing so good, I love that little faux-hawk he's got going on too!

pam said...

He is adorable. Thank you for making me smile today!

The Simmons Family said...

Darn it... I missed SO many Alan updates! I assumed you weren't updating because my blog roll didn't update your blog. I just went through and redid the whole sidebar of my blog and changed all my blogrolls. NOW it works and I have some serious reading to do on Mr. Alan!!

I read this post and HORRAY for eating! Sorry the O2 had to go back on... seriously.. why does 1/8 liter make such a big difference??!

Andrea