Thursday, January 20, 2011

solid foods/diaper challenge

Addison has really rounded a corner with eating solid foods. For months, I've been prying her mouth open, shoving baby food down it, and wiping up everything that she spits back out.

Lately? She cries until I give her solid foods. She licks her lips and smacks her chops until foods that she can sink her teeth into (she has two now) come into view. She also prefers to feed herself. I tried to put some rice in her mouth tonight, she backed up to look at it carefully and then put her hand out to bring it to her mouth. Put anything her her hands and she will bring it faithfully to her mouth and seek to devour. (I'm sure this has something to do with teething, but I'm still taking full advantage of it)

We went on a family date to Moe's the other day for lunch. It was so much fun. She started out with sharing cheese softened nachos from my plate, and then we ordered her own cheese quesadilla.

She loved it, and it was so wonderful to watch her smack away on it. She seemed like such a big girl.

She then discovered that a TV was right there, and she was pretty much in heaven.

I got a little teary eyed watching her, thinking about her one year birthday coming up in a couple of short weeks. I can't believe that my baby is turning one.

Watching her start to enjoy food and heartily eating really brings me back to almost year ago.

She had just had her G-tube surgery. A NICU doctor told me to keep working so that she could someday taste food and enjoy it for herself. He was so dismal about this hope and kept emphasizing how hard we would have to work for her ever to be able to eat on her own.

If only he could see her now.

I love seeing her chubby jaw munch away and her tiny fingers wrap around desired objects and pull them effortlessly to her mouth.

I love seeing her view a bottle, crawl towards it if necessary, reach out both hands, hold the bottle and put it in her mouth- holding it the whole time herself.

Once upon a time, I had to teach her how to suck from a bottle. 5 ccs was a huge victory. Tonight she just polished off two jars of babyfood, a stack of rice, some peas and carrots, two biter biscuits, and a handful of puffs. I am so proud of her. I hope to see this growth continued. It has done this Momma's heart good to see.

Also, she has started to army crawl. This started earlier this week. I was sitting on the couch, drinking green tea and she was playing with her toys next to the couch. Next thing I knew, she had tipped over the green tea, was lying in a pool of it, and had the bag in her mouth as she was liberally sampling. (mere seconds before she was several paces away)

I fished the tea leaves out of her mouth, striped her of her wet clothes and put her back in the middle of the floor to play while I went and got her a dry outfit.

I returned to find this:
I have a feeling that life is about to get very interesting. I'm lovin' it. (-:

Also, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments on her one year pictures. Your opinions have helped me narrow down the pics. Still haven't decided for sure, but am certainly that much closer!

I know that this post borders on bragfest, but after months of hard work to achieve something- when that something is accomplished, you better believe I'm going to raise my tiny little voice and scream from the blogtops what my amazing baby girl is doing.

I'm so proud of her.

7 comments:

  1. You deserve to be proud- those are huge accomplishments! Love the last picture, lol:)

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  2. The pictures were great. I like the ballet outfit myself as well as the ones with you both with her.

    Yes, it is incredibly wonderful to see all the growth and accomplishments. She definitely seems to have good hand-to-mouth co-ordination -- maybe better than mine somedays! I just did some stain removal last night and wondered how I could have missed my mouth so dimsally!
    Love,
    Doc
    P.S. Enjoyed having Aunt Kenly down here for a few days and hearing a little from her about Addison.

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  3. brag all you want mama! She's doing great...it's hard to not be proud and want to scream from the rooftops when our babies go against what the doctors say...
    what a cutie patootie chowing on her own quesadilla...that's my kind of girl! Brooke rocks the army crawl too...so freakin cute!

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  4. I love your admiration for your Addison. She is such a doll, so beautiful. I especially loved the photos for her one year. So sweet.

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  5. Oh, you go, girl! Love you, Chubbs <3

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  6. Are you kidding, brag away Deanna...You and Chubbs BOTH deserve it!!! You should be so incredibly proud of how far you have both come this past year!! Hahaha, laughed my butt off looking at that picture!!! Addison is really going to keep you on your toes!!

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  7. love that she crawled right out of her diaper...and love the b/w pic of her kissing you on the last post :)

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