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Hi I’m Jen- I'm one lucky lady to be married to the most wonderful man, Jason. I am a mother to three beautiful children, Grant, Norah, who was born with hydrocephalus, and Mason. I love spending my time with my family. I also like to challenge myself with new things. I'm on a constant quest to become more organized, it may never happen but it's a dream. I currently work part-time as a RN in an emergency department. I love this journey of life that I am on with God by my side, knowing that all things are possible when you Believe.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Feeding Frustrations

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.

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

Girl I feel your pain. Shelby doesn't know how to chew or bite into her food. She also has issues with textures and gags very easily. We are working with a speech therapist on all this but the progress is SLOW! Hang in there...