I'm also happy to post that it has been one year since she began to eat! It's almost unbelievable to me that she now finger feed herself, chews and swallows all on her own. When she first started eating she was pretty open to eating what ever I served as long it soft and easy to manage. However she is getting fussier all the time. I've listed below everything that she is willing to eat. I worry about how limited her diet is all the time. How bad does it look?
- ritz bits crackers
- blueberry pancakes
- french toast ...notice the breakfast theme going on here..
- peanut butter and honey toast
- brown beans
- grill cheese
- kraft dinner
- french fries
- cheetos & chips
- on a good day pizza,
I do offer her lots of other foods and I do cook dinner at home nightly but she barely touches it, and then I resort to carnation instant breakfast via g-tube and breakfast foods. At the dinner hour I'd prefer her to eat the meat and veggies I'm severing but she's usually not game. She has quite a fit if I slip some pot roast or chicken into her mouth. She is really not a fan of eating meat, fish or eggs Even nicely seasoned and shredded so it's easy for her chew and swallow.
Ashley enjoying a blueberry pancake.
However I'm still just very thankful that she is interested and enjoying food. Last January I had no idea if my girl could or would ever be able to chew. As she was round the clock tube feed from 24 months until 3 years 11 months old and bottle feed prior to that. So a month before her 5th birthday I realize that I'm very blessed that her food list has 20 items on it, I just hope as she grows it will get longer and include meat.
More GOOD NEWS..
Ashley started this week attending school for full days. She has only been going morning so far this school year.. Now I'm a driver back and forth all day morning drop off, lunch pick up, return after lunch and final pick up at 2:30. She arrives about ten minutes late in the morning and gets picked up twenty minutes early at the end of the day but has been staying awake and the teachers and other students tell me she not even crying. Today they had a special olympic day and she loved it. Her class when out and played in the snow and she was giggling. More on this in coming post.. as pics are coming from school.
Damon also had a great week, he completed a writing project on Holidays which he presented to his class today. His teacher told me she was so proud of him, he spoke loud and clear and handled the questions like an expert. She was very impressed. He even dressed for the presentation in a Canada t-shirt.
Here's my baby, baby, baby
and again because well look at that face I can't get enough
Here's the two little ones who enjoy splashing in the water
on the dishwasher door while I unload it, and I wonder why the dishwasher acts up.
Damon saw me taking pictures and jumped in.
I can't leave out this beautiful face below either who is growing up way to fast. He started a social skills group this week and when asked what he likes to do he stated "study". Which they replied that very interested I don't think it's typical of the kids in this program. I thought I better post this on my blog so I don't forget and I can remind him he enjoys studying when he enters high school. He is referring to his interest in science, the brain and dinosaurs not algebra but I loved his comment. I don't think that something I realized I liked well maybe ever. He is reading a book a day and burns through a 300 page book in 2 or 3 days.
I took this picture at Blacks Photography Shop I took him shopping for a present for a friends party and dragged him to blacks so I could dream of owning the latest SLR camera. I think it's required equipment for blogging don't you.
What's new you ask?
Ashley is trying a new walker the dymanico. Pictured here before it was adjusted by her therapist who removed the top bar. She is really make it move I worry she could run over Taylor. We are just trying it out as she has no ADP (gov't funding for a new walker) since she bought the Kaye walker last summer. But if she can figure it out the school board will order her one that she can use at school perhaps in gym and she can bring home in the summer or school breaks.
I also had to include Ashley looking beautiful while doing PT