'almon patti mama' (salmon patty mama!)
These are some of the things I am beginning to hear from Ellie.
'ookie' You want some cookie? 'YEAH!'
she is still not allowed to eat these things, we are sadly capitalizing
on one factor: she can't chew. She is asking to have what we have
(such as big sisters salmon patty at lunch), and she is spending time in
that highchair. Most of it is licks or moving food around, but that is
progress. Food aversion has been the name of the game. Sensory
issues and lack of muscle control for chewing is the consequence. We
learned from her feeding therapist that there are triangle muscles on
the side of the face she has never used, and will now have to do actual
exercises to strengthen. Lovely. My toddler the face-muscle builder.
But that is ok. All of these hurdles are part of being a parent, and if
we can get her to ask for food then we are making progress.
the telling her no that breaks my heart. And on occasion she has
managed a whopping chunk off of a muffin or cookie which has required
intervention and the devastating taking away of the food she clings to. I
can't help but guess each time sets us back a little bit.
we have worked so incredibly hard to get the dangerous foods out of
the home - no corn, soy, grains, dairy (for the most part)- that I can
always know what she is holding will not do major damage. Her
sensitivities have also improved so that she can hold things such as
foods, crayons, etc, and not have a reaction. So for now we are
focusing on exposure, and getting her back into the idea of eating
without it coming from a bottle. Step by step, we are moving forward!