I don't know why I am not trying harder. Sheesh. For someone who supposedly "really wants Dylan to learn how to eat solids and drink from a sippy cup", you'd think I might actually encourage the little guy to practice these skills? Good grief, what is my deal? I'm slacking here, people, and I need to MOTIVATE! Right?!
It's just that...I don't know. Maybe it's laziness. Maybe I'm tired. Maybe it's just too much. Too much focus on eating and food and sippys and...just the whole thing. The whole process. I never knew how much work it truly is, this eating business. I guess I never had to know. Now I do.
So, Dylan's Occupation Therapist was here the other day and showed me a whole bunch of different "oral motor warm up techniques" to use to help Dylan get his mouth ready to eat. Ok, let's see, it goes something like this: Before feeding Dylan anything, I am suppose to get a warm wash cloth and rub his cheeks in a particular pattern, rub his gums, the roof of his mouth, his tongue etc. Then, out comes his chewy tube. I need to use this to help strengthen his jaw and practice the chewing motion. Next, I need to get out the puffs, wet them, cut them in half and then stick them into the side of his cheek, one at a time. If he pops it out, I need to pop it back in and wait until he gags, er, I mean swallows it. Repeat. Next we practice the sippy. I have to hold his cheeks together so that he learns to suck rather than bite. THEN, I cut up his prevacid tablet, put it in one teaspoon of water and hope like heck Dylan swallows it rather than spits it out (the stuff is not only pricey, but he reallllly needs his reflux meds so that he doesn't fall back into that uncomfortable "rigid mode"). Lastly, one teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia down the hatch.
Whew. Once all that is accomplished, I feed him his jarred baby food. He loves his baby food and he eats it so well, but the guilt and the worry is getting to me. I feel like he should be eating more solids. I feel like he should be drinking from something (ahem, other than...me). But does he need to be doing these things? Eventually, yes, of course! But right now...I don't know. Ugh, I don't know what I'm doing. I mean, will he learn these things on his own eventually? When HE is ready? Or is this (the washcloth, the chewy tube...) something that I truly truly do need to practice every single day? Because if it's the latter, I seriously need to get my act together. And get motivated to practice his oral motor activities before each meal. Because, to be perfectly honest, I am not doing it as often as I am "suppose" to.
And that means that I am not doing enough. And that's not fair to Dylan.
Ugh. Anyone have any spare motivation and/or energy you can send my way? I would really appreciate it.
**edited to add**
The NUK brush - that's what I forgot. There's the NUK brush rubbing as well....woops, see I am a slacker. I can't even remember all of the steps...