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 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.. :(


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??!