Gently combing out the skin plaques from her scalp
We felt it was necessary to interrupt our Celebrate Visual Differences series with an announcement:
Brenna is EATING!!
It started when we weren't even paying attention - like we usually do, we had been tossing a couple of crackers, goldfish, etc. on her plate for her to munch on if interested. We then started realizing that instead of slobbery pieces all over her shirt, there was nothing. And the cracker was almost gone. Could she really have eaten it?!
And then an offering of pizza sauce turned into 10 bites, with her signing "more" in between bites. The next days that followed, Brenna took between 10-14 bites of pizza sauce, bolognese sauce and a dairy-free loaded potato soup that I whipped up.
It has been like a switched turned - though she still has a LONG way to go, she's now closing her mouth, visibly swallowing, no gagging when the food hits her mouth. She takes out her pacifier when she sees us getting food out. Baby girl WANTS to eat.
Observe this delicious bite!
Disclaimer: we've been lax with offering her foods that contain dairy and gluten because she has never consumed it before - now that she's actually ingesting it, we know we need to be a lot more careful with what we give her. Which is a total bummer, because she's a HUGE fan of the taste of cheese.
Another cause for celebration this week - lots of mobility progress!! Brenna is now lifting up an arm to grab a toy when she's on her hands and knees, so she's getting strong enough not only to be in the crawling position but to balance on just one arm.
However, she'd much rather be standing up, and her balance while standing has gotten good enough to barely hold on with just a couple fingers. She's *almost* cruising around the coffee table - she just needs a little nudging at her hips to actually scoot over when she lifts her feet.
It's so awesome to see her actually taking real, lift-her-foot-up-and-down, move-forward steps while I hold only her arms...when just a few weeks ago, she would throw a huge fit when I told her to "take steps" and I practically had to drag her entire body forward. It's obvious that she is capable physically; now we just have to practice so she's comfortable with it!
First time wearing "real" shoes in anticipation of walking at the park :)
Also, I've been hoping to see this for almost two years - flexible baby after bath! 20 months of intense skin care, stretching, massage, and therapy, and she can finally grab and pull her toes. It's the big things...but it's just as much the little things, isn't it? :)