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Chewing — It’s A Big Deal ‘Round Here

2011 November 19

Until three days ago, anything more firm than mashed banana would cause instant choking and gagging from Ethan. You’d swear he just got a mouthful of rocks!

While the gap is closing by the day, we are still behind due to his preemie status. I usually don’t worry about this, but the gagging was really freaking me out. I kept envisioning us as the SNL skit with the family that regurgitates food for their 30-something-year-old son in front of his girlfriend. Haven’t seen that one? Better click here to check it out (boo SNL for policing this video).

Yesterday, Ethan woke up with a new…um…calmness. After being fussy for the last week or so, we noticed the difference right away. We weren’t sure if it was his new tooth (#3) or a growth spurt—it all just added up to fussy. So when Stu got him out of bed this particular day, Ethan simply smiled and laid quietly while his diaper was changed. He nursed and snuggled with me for an extra half hour (it’s like he knew I’d been up till 1am). He just seemed older.

For lunch I decided to try more macaroni noodles—I made some last week and they were a hit—but today they went down a little differently. Ethan was CHEWING them! Not swallowing them whole. Not spitting them out on the floor. Chewing.

For dinner we took things a step farther and added bits of cheddar cheese, blanched spinach, and pureed roasted chicken to the noodles. Ethan snarfed everything down, chewing all the way. Luckily Stu was there to witness dinner. Who knew chewing could be such a blast!

As if he wasn’t already blowing us away, he decided to show of his new found pincher skills by picking up a macaroni noodle and feeding himself. We must have looked like crazy people, sitting around the dining room table, freaking out over the bumbling use of a thumb and index finger.

He also rocked some organic puffs (same ones that caused projectile vomit last month) all on his own

I have to say, a little weight lifted off my shoulders. There is no food regurgitation in my future! It’s like a switch just flipped while he was sleeping. Eating is going to get really fun now that the food options are expanding. What will he eat next??!

6 Responses
  1. November 19, 2011

    Didn’t I tell you–it happens over night!!! It’s the strangest thing, Otis was the same way, one day he just decided it was time to eat big boy food.

    I love the picture of him with spinach sticking out of his mouth, so funny.

  2. Patti Voboril permalink
    November 19, 2011

    Yea for Ethan! He’s just doing so well.
    Greg and I looking forward to seeing you all for Ethan’s first birthday.

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    November 19, 2011

    I remember how exciting it was when you started eating food. Let’s face it, eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures!! Nothing makes it more obvious than watching your little one’s expressions and excitement when he tries new foods. He’s so lucky to have a fabulous mother like you who makes everything fresh and pure.

  4. Joe Schon permalink
    November 19, 2011

    You guys are amazing!
    I love it.
    It’s like being there.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences.

  5. Linda Johnson permalink
    November 20, 2011

    Congratulations Ethan!! Maybe mom and dad will let you have a little something festive for this Thanksgiving? There will be plenty off food so keep your eye’s open.
    See you on Thursday..

  6. Angela Rau permalink
    November 21, 2011

    Amazing story. You captured how the simplest skills in early development have such big impacts. Ethan is so lucky to have parents who use their keen observation skills to enjoy his journey, on his time.

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