An update on Carter’s eating is long overdue around here. I think the last time I wrote about it was when he was just starting his occupational therapy. He is still seeing that therapist once a week, as well as a nutritionist twice a month.
I am happy to report that things have improved so much! It was assumed early on that Carter had an issue with some textures. That is something that the therapist has consistently worked on with him and it’s really made a difference! Carter went from screaming when we sat him in the grass, to walking in it barefoot. He’s gone from hating sand to loving it!
As far as eating, he’s taken huge strides in that department as well. He is now only taking 8 oz per day from a bottle. We have taken some huge steps in decreasing that and continue to do so. Just a couple weeks ago the nutritionist calculated his average daily calorie intake and told me he’s actually getting MORE calories now than he was when he was getting ONLY bottles! We have a few tricks up our sleeves to sneak extra calories into his meals, and they seem to be working! For example, he gets butter in/on anything possible and his pancakes are made with Nutren Jr. (Nestle’s version of Pediasure) instead of water.
This battle is still not even close to being over. But, as much as common sense told me so, I never used to think we’d be where we are now. To watch my child pick up a green bean and eat it, use his hands to eat an entire pancake covered in butter and syrup and take continuous drinks from a straw cup is the best thing ever!
He still has days where he has little interest in any meals except for breakfast. But what toddler doesn’t, right? He’s still very low in his weight percentiles, but he continues to get taller and taller so we know he’s getting the nutrition he needs to grow. He seems to just have a small appetite, but as we’re able to figure out more and more foods that he likes we’re hoping that he’ll start to eat more.
I’m such a proud mama these days. I think back to the months where the only way to get Carter to eat was to feed him his bottles while he slept. During those times I could only dream of things that are now a reality. Keep up the good work little man, you’re doing such a great job!