I probably shouldn't be doing an update on a day that was such a challenge because my mentality may be a bit skewed, but just about two weeks in and we are still working hard. Although Chris feeds Colin his breakfast, I have taken the most control over feeding and haven't let anyone else feed him yet. I just feel that since we have to buy into this program right now, I just want to make sure that it's getting done at every meal. I have even been going to Colin's school and feeding him lunch, not because I don't trust them, but because I have the opportunity right now for the next month while I am home and I want to make sure that every bite he takes, it is the way they say we should do it.
However, I haven't noticed much of a change in what they want to see change right now. When we give Colin a spoonful of food, we are supposed to apply pressure to his tongue and then push up and give jaw support under his chin. This is supposed to eliminate the "munching/sucking" motion that Colin has been doing since the beginning. We are only 2 weeks in so I'm guessing we wouldn't see BIG changes yet, but I feel like he has figured out how to accomplish his old habits, despite these methods we are using.
I feel uneasy at meals because we are deviating from the accomplishments we had made with self-feeding and it concerns me. I don't want to set ourselves back too far, but I also don't want to deviate from the "plan". I just wish I knew where we were going right now. It's amazing to me how easy eating comes to some children. Since I have been feeding Colin at school I notice how easily some of Colin's classmates eat. They are eating with spoons and forks things like pasta noodles, sandwich wraps (wraps!!), pigs in a blanket, pizza, etc. It's crazy! Poor Colin is sitting there eating his pureed cottage cheese with fruit (ugh!).
I try to keep my frustrations and concerns to myself though during meals because I want to keep this happy face on my little boy.
Tonight, I had a little boy that was not happy with the "plan" and decided to spit most of his food very forcefully at me while Kailey screamed in the bouncy seat at my feet...fun times!
In a lighter update, right before we were heading out the door this morning, Kailey had a poop explosion so I was busy changing her diaper and clothes. Colin kept busy by pulling all of her diapers out of the cabinet. Just follow the diaper trail and you will find where Colin was hiding...
The trail led under the crib where Colin was sitting on this bin, shoving diapers behind the bin next to the wall...
Colin is finally warming up the fact that Kailey is here to stay and is not as distant to her. He has taken more of an interest and is starting to do the things I have been waiting for...kissing and hugging his little sister. He still likes to hit and swat at her, but he is doing it less and less. I realized they both happened to be in their onesies tonight before bath and pajama time, so I tried to set up some pictures.
Colin was happy, Kailey on the other hand, was not...