It's been mentioned a few times, but one of the defining characteristics of our leviathan son is that...
Jace doesn't eat.
It is probably the one aspect of parenting that has caused me the most exasperation.
And, having spent two years with a tube-fed daughter, I think that's noteworthy.
While LC did require a G-tube for nearly two years of her life, it wasn't because she wasn't willing or able to eat. LC was unable to suck. So, when she was in the bottle-sucking stage of her development, she had to have an alternate route for nutrition delivery. She began eating solid foods at the same as her non-toobied peers. She's always had an adventurous and hearty appetite. She rarely refuses food and is eager to try new things. Eating has, honestly, never been an issue with Pudge.
And then came Biggie.
Biggie...who religiously gains at LEAST one pound/month eats the following.
One yogurt (room temperature. He won't eat it cold.)
One serving of instant oatmeal, prepared with brown sugar and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
One 8 oz bottle of warm soy milk at nap time.
One 8 oz bottle of Pediasure at bedtime.
Throw in an occasional snack of Chee-tos Puffs and that is Biggie's daily diet.
So, recently, Biggs began attending weekly feeding therapy with the knock out therapist who taught LC how to successfully drink.
It's been a slow and painful process.
One of our current goals is to find foods that Biggs is willing to accept and hopefully use them to segue into other foods. We're specifically trying to introduce flavors and foods that can act as dips, so that we can use them on top of new foods when they're introduced.
We're also trying to get him to independently engage with food, since mealtime delivery of all foods (even the daily yogurt and oatmeal) is always done by a parent and ALWAYS met with a fit from Jace. We are guaranteed at least five minutes of wailing before we can successfully coax him into his first bite. He obviously won't attempt to self-feed, since he'd prefer to be a non-eater if at all possible.
One way to work toward those goals simultaneously is to present Jace with new foods that are ones he can interact with and play with, withOUT feeling pressure to eat.
So, (outside of mealtime) he and I spend time together wallowing in various foods.
Today was ranch dressing day.
We're a work in progress. And I can guarantee this kid will have another birthday cake left untouched this year.