I have some really good news:
Jude. Is. Eating. Again!
And this time he is eating without the aid of an appetite stimulant. He is overall just more interested in his food and eating. Jude is also eagerly participating in meal times. When I put him in his high chair and start making his meals, he squeals and claps with excitement! And he has finished all his meals that we have given him. SO THRILLING!
Oh, what joy Lane and I receive from being able to feed our son without tears, frustrations, and feelings of hopelessness! To do something as "normal" as feeding our son is beyond fulfilling.
Please don't take it for granted the next time you feed a messy eater or you've got a fussy, hungry toddler.
My only regret for this post is that I haven't taken any pictures of Jude eating his food like a big boy. I will, I promise! In fact, I must apologize for the lack of photos in my recent posts. My camera battery has been dead since Christmas, and I shamefully haven't put the first effort into digging out the charger for it.
Oh! Did I mention that the foods Jude is eating are huge jars of 3rd foods with bits of noodles and meat in them?! Such a huge accomplishment! BUT, we need to keep pushing forward with more and more solids to transition Jude to table food quickly. (Table food has more calories than jar food.)
This is where I need the help of all my mom's who have been through this stage of eating with their baby. I need any suggestions on easy and safe to eat table food for a baby learning to chew! How often do you offer a baby food? Right now, Jude is eating lunch and dinner- we are about to add breakfast to the roster and maybe a couple of small snacks between meals. Is that too much?? So please help me, I'm very clueless in this department.
I am going to talk to his speech and occupational therapist next week about trying to get Jude drinking from a sippy or sports cup. No matter how much solid food Jude eats, it is very crucial that he learns to drink as well since he will receive most of his vitamins and calories from his Pediasure.
We are praying that this time around, Jude will not quit eating, but only get better at it. I feel in my heart that he is only going to get stronger at his eating, especially since he is enjoying it so much!
Regardless, our Father's plan and timing is perfect. So we will wait on Him and give Him all the praise for Jude's accomplishments.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:8