After months of working with Norah on eating solid foods, a definate problem has emerged.
Yup. That's Norah holding all her food in her mouth about to spit out everything, after she has turned in to mush. Gross, huh? Ok it could have been a worse picture but I don't want to gross you out. No wonder this girl is so slow to gain any weight. We have shared our concerns with Norah's doctors in the past, but have decided something is obviously wrong and needs to address sooner rather than later.
Last week Norah has a feeding evaluation with one of the speech therapist through her Birth to 3 program. The result - Norah doesn't know how to chew. She knows how to bite into food to get a bite, but once in that's where it goes downhill. She keeps the food in her mouth and will move it around, but if it isn't soft enough or dissolve on its own, once she's had enough she'll graciously approach Jason or I and spit her leftovers into our hand. Yumm-o! Nothing better that a handful of partially chew food to keep your appetite up to finish your own meal.
The plan is to start working on this with a speech therapist on the same morning as Norah's physical therapy to get her chewing.