So last time I wrote about solids Dylan was occasionally swallowing some food, but things were extremely frustrating. We have seen an Occupational Therapist bi-weekly since he was in the NICU and she suggested trying some "meltable" foods such as Baby Yum Yums, Plum wafers, and puffs. Dylan really likes all of these! I truly think they are basically junk food, but they have calories and they have taught Dylan to chew and swallow food when it is in his mouth, so I like them. Now they've become a vehicle for adding to the calories into his meals.
At our last appointment I had anticipated that Dylan would be 15 pounds. I should've learned months ago not to set a goal, but I haven't. He was 14 pounds even and I was pretty upset. The 6 weeks between the last two appointments were his slowest gain since he was born. All kids slow down around this age, but we don't want Dylan to because we want him to eventually (soon) cross the 5th percentile line and get on the growth chart. It really doesn't matter a whole lot since he is gaining and I am confident he will get there eventually, but it's definitely difficult to know that your child is smaller than 99% of the world (it's the WHO chart). And I'm talking adjusted age (nearly 8 months) not his actual age of 11 months.
So we are really focusing on calories.
It's always bottle first. He's averaging 21 ounces a day (with random days of 28) and he still takes about 7 bottles a day. He just doesn't seem to increase his volume enough if we space out feedings, so we're following a more is more approach for now.
He's getting 2-3 meals of solids a day and I'm label-reading like crazy (since most of the food is pre-packaged at the moment...still working on the cooking). Dylan is actually pretty okay with texture in his food which is awesome. We've tried some of the Level 3 Plum "meals" and although he sometimes gags at the quinoa in them, he still eats it all and has never thrown anything up. His favorite is the Sweet Corn and Turkey (with added formula and oatmeal cereal of course). Then for "dessert" he gets a Plum wafer slathered with cream cheese. I want the solids he eats to be at least 20 calories an ounce so that they are worth it (his bottles are 24 calories an ounce). Most packages are 60 or 70 calories for about 4 ounces so a little under the mark.
Dylan has two teeth and is pretty good at "chewing" his food with the sides of his mouth. I can't wait until he can start eating more table foods, but he's not ready yet. I am also pretty terrified because I'm feeling an inordinate amount of pressure to start making healthy meals that all three of us can eat. (Mr. GG and I pick up food about 6 nights a week and he's usually the one to cook on the 7th night...) I've pinned about a million ideas, but the start of the school-year is stressful and I feel like I'm drowning (in ungraded paper and pressure to be super-mom at the same time). Fortunately I have a couple of months until I need to get on it. I'll probably be asking for lots of advice, so start thinking of it!
Also, if you have any high-calorie, but still relatively healthy food suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Like, I mentioned, he's okay with a little bit of chunky texture, but he doesn't love smooth foods like yogurt. I think mixes will be key.
I don't have any new "eating" pictures except for this one:
And some other cuties: