So today was awesome. We're still working on chewing and swallowing solids without spitting any out, but she is absolutely rocking the liquids and soft solids!
Just as a warning, this post is fairly boring as it just lists that foods that she did and didn't eat, but I just wanted to write it all down so that I don't forget!
We had some friends over for breakfast. Elsie chewed and spit out some french toast and sausage, dipped her finger in the syrup multiple times, and then drank about 4 or 5 ounces of orange juice.
We munched on some pickles and crackers, and then we went to the park. Yeah it was super hot today, but we persevered and went to the park anyway. We took along some water and grape juice, peanut butter Ritz Bits, and a little tupperware with peanut butter and a spoon. She really likes the peanut butter crackers, and licked off most of the p.b. and gummed up some of the crackers. She also ate a few spoonfuls of p.b. and drank juice and water.
Lunch was Ramen Noodles aka Crazy Noodles, which Elsie loves, but spits out. There was also a puree fruit pouch squeezy thing, which she was trying hard to eat, but just kept getting too much in her mouth and spit it all out. Then we broke out the guacamole, and it was a huge hit. She dipped her veggie straws and crackers in the guac, and also ate it by the spoonful.
Snack before naptime was a few ounces of milk and several spoonfuls of yogurt, all mostly swallowed with just a few spit-outs. After nap, we had a little snack of grape juice and cheese and veggie straws. She got pretty anxious again before dinner, and I saw my hangry child come out again just like yesterday, ha ha.
When dinner was ready, she dug right in! We had spaghetti and meatballs, plus garlic bread. She loves noodles of any kind, but again, had a hard time swallowing. But the bread was a big hit. She swallowed several small pieces of bread. She's starting to figure out that if she takes small enough bites and chews thoroughly, then she'll be ok to swallow. It's starting to come together! She also ate several spoonfuls of spaghetti sauce, possibly a few small pieces of meatball, and a few ounces a milk. We brought out the guacamole again and she ate several more spoonfuls of that. After dinner, we went outside to play, and she worked her way through another chunk of bread, with most of it going down the hatch! She just keeps getting better at swallowing, one little step at a time.
The girls took a bath and then before bed, we brought out the ice cream. Elsie ATE a whole scoop of ice cream, tipped the bowl to drink the melted remains at the bottom, and asked for more. Not a single bite was spit out! I couldn't believe it! I was too surprised to even take a picture. She went to bed happy, and I am going to go to bed happy. Can't wait to see what she does tomorrow!