I’ll start this update with a ‘Too Much Information Warning!’
Okay, so despite Louis still preferring his food out of his mouth rather than in it, I do now have evidence that he must be swallowing at least some of his solids. I’ll spare the details but lets just say Louis‘ nappies now reveal he’s consuming a thicker diet. I did warn you!
This physical evidence is reassuring. For the past few days I’ve worried that Louis‘ not progressing as quickly as he should be. He’s certainly not enjoying his food the way my eldest son Ralph did. (Which was rapidly and in high quantity!). But now I see things are moving in the right direction – quite literally!
So it’s a slow and steady approach – we’re still only on one meal a day and on very small amounts of simple purees. I’m trying to keep my impatience at bay and to think sensibly about the lack of progression. (As adults we don’t only eat teaspoons of purees so we all must get the hang of it eventually!) I must trust Louis to let me know when he’s ready for more.
One small step we made yesterday came when for the first time Louis seemed physically excited at the sight of a spoon. He reached out and grabbed it and popped it straight to his mouth for an almighty chomp – the motion itself I see as a milestone. He was chomping down on the spoon with such force I knew he was using it as teething relief rather than a vessel for food but it was great to see he’s getting the right idea.
And taking his lead with this, today I had two spoons at the ready – one for Louis for chew and another for me to shovel in the food. It’s a complicated (and messy) game as spoons are passed between us, often via the floor, but to seemed to do the trick. In the enthusiasm of spoon chewing the entire cup of pear puree disappeared. Surely he didn’t eat it all? Did he? His next nappy change will reveal everything I need to know..