Our little almost 9 month old miss has been refusing solid food since the ng tube was placed through her nose and into her stomach. Six times a day, she has a certain amount of formula entering her tummy with no effort on her part so Amelia is getting used to being full all the time and has been losing interest in solids. It’s pretty much been strictly formula and breast milk since the hospital. Any ground we had gained before the hospital stay in regards to her eating (opening her mouth, leaning forward and just generally seeming interested, vanished. In fact, she actually seemed to lose interest even in nursing for a few days towards the end of our hospital stay…I felt so terrified! Like I’d have nothing but the tube once we got home again!
So, last week, due to the frustrations of her simply locking her mouth shut, I just took time off from solids all together but this week I am beginning the week very determined to get Amelia back on track. I prayed before I offered her the first bite. A prayer that she would be interested and EAT!
I am pleased to report that with a lot of time (we sat for about 45 minutes), a fun song as I brought the spoon to her mouth (on the fly, I made up, “The itsy bitsy spoon went into Amelia’s mouth!”) and much positive reinforcement after each bite, Amelia ate most of the cereal! I am excited and needed that bit of encouragement!
This might sound so mundane and unexciting…yes we are back to square one in a sense… but with all that we’ve been through with Amelia in the last few weeks, this feels like big progress!
And may this be a lesson to me to never feel anything is too silly to pray about! God cares about every area of our lives and of the lives of our precious children He gives us!:)
No more “lock mouth!” She’s openning up, ready for a bite!
And she helps me put the spoon in her mouth! I rejoiced!:)
We’re both happy…feeding time is looking up!