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Connecting the Rainbow
"Y'all - don't miss it. Don't get so caught up in what your sweet baby is doing or not doing. Don't obsess about this step or the next step or the one after that or what is going to happen twenty years down the line. Because one day you'll look at baby pictures and think about how adorable that baby was and how all you can remember is therapy and you can't even remember what her hair smelled like. So, ENJOY your baby. It doesn't matter when they walk or crawl or talk. It matters that they are here and that you love them and that they know it. Just don't miss it."
Finn's repertoir of edible fare - and by that, I mean foods he willingly and enthusiastically eats, and actually chews and swallows with little to no gagging - is expanding by leaps and bounds these days. Off the top of my head, here's a list of non-pureed things that have gone down well with him of late:
Pretzels Veggie Straws Graham crackers Meatloaf Potatoes (chunks of baked potato with butter and sour cream) Eggs (prepared pretty much any way) Oatmeal (the grown-up variety!) Peas (!!) Spaghetti Filet mignon (I kid you not) Toast (wheat, with butter and jam) Banana chunks Chicken breast (baked) Rice
I am very pleased. He's clearly ready to handle a diet of big boy food. The main issue at this point is that he doesn't self-feed much (except things like crackers and pretzels), and feeding him is a very slow, tedious process. He can handle this stuff - and clearly wants it - but he doesn't gobble it up, so it takes a lot of time to feed him table foods in amounts and cut up into consistencies he can handle. So I do still resort to purees pretty often, just because it's quicker.
On July 7, 2008 our sixth child, Finnian, was born at home into loving hands. Shortly after he was born, we learned that he has Down syndrome. This is the ongoing story of how our family is being transformed by this little boy.
Hi! I'm Lisa, a 40-something Wonder Mom to six kiddos: Kevin (14), Joey (9), twins, Annabelle and Daisy (6), Lilah (4) and Finnian (3). Oh, and my husband is the multi-talented Michael. He tries to keep me in check, but I just keep on writing.