I tried not to let myself get too bogged down by Finn's eval this morning. He's still Finn, the eval doesn't change that. It's only a small snapshot of him anyway - it certainly doesn't tell the whole story. He doesn't care, that's for sure. Evaluation? Pffft. He's not bummed out by it, so why should I be?
So, I've been meaning to write about the troubles we've been having with feeding lately. It's just become kind of this ordeal. He's become pretty resistant to eating food lately, and I became a little bit concerned when I weighed him a couple days ago and realized that he hasn't gained any weight in the last month. I know he's more mobile now - crawling like mad all over the house - so he's burning more calories. I remember from my other babies that the weight gain slows down when they become mobile. But still. Ever since his struggle to gain weight as an infant, the worry has never completely left me. So his recent resistance to being fed has started to concern me because it seems to me that I need to find a way to get more calories into him. As soon as I get him into the highchair and strap on the bib, he starts fussing, though. He'll let me feed him a few spoonfuls usually and then clamp his lips shut and flail his arms around, sometimes literally slapping the spoon and/or bowl out of my hands, like he's trying to say, "Cut it out! I don't want it!"
Who knows what's going on. He's been working on new teeth forever it seems like, and that's been giving him quite a bit of trouble, so it could be that simple.
So I've been a little discouraged about that.
But today at dinner, he not only ate an entire bowlful of baby food, he also demonstrated a pincer grasp and picked up some puffs from his tray and tried to put them in his mouth. That was a first. It's funny - he'll put toys in his mouth, but not food. Until tonight, he tried at least. That's progress. It's also funny - or sad, maybe - that this morning during his evaluation, Eun asked if he uses a pincer grasp to pick things up, and I had to honestly answer "No." And then he goes and does it tonight! Sheesh.
Also, yesterday he took bites from a graham cracker I offered him. Took bites, chewed and swallowed. With minimal gagging. That was also a first.
Progress. Heck, by the time Eun finishes writing up her report, he'll probably have accomplished a thing or two that he wasn't yet doing at the time of his evaluation.
So tomorrow for his IFSP meeting, I don't think I'll be asking for any additional services. Not now. I'm almost inclined (and will undoubtedly lose sleep tonight trying to decide for sure) to request that OT be reduced from once a week to twice a month, because honestly, so far I'm not seeing a great benefit to weekly OT. I think once school starts for the bigger kids in a couple weeks, I need to spend more time working with Finn to achieve some goals. That's a goal for me.