Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

My first Mother's Day was wonderful. The three of us celebrated yesterday since Juan was working today, and Luke and I spent the "official" day together shopping, playing, and enjoying each other. It was a great day, but a rather eventful one for a number of reasons.

The Good: Luke was sitting on my lap playing with a stuffed toy and he kept pushing it at my mouth. After three or four nosefulls of Lamaze firefly, I finally realized that he wanted me to kiss the toy. I always make a game of having his toys kiss him (complete with big "MWAH!" sound effects) and he was mimicking me. He's never done that before, and he started cracking up as soon as I started giving the toy kisses. He'd put it near my mouth, I'd give it a big "MWAH!" kiss, and he'd laugh. Then I'd laugh, which would make him laugh harder, and so on and so forth. I think it was the first time we've shared a laugh like that, and it was wonderful.

The Bad: My grandmother isn't doing too well, and I'm really worried about her.

The Ugly: We got the green light from the pediatrician to start Luke on table foods, but I'm not sure he's ready. We tried two different Stage 3 (meaning small chunks of soft foods mixed in with purees) foods today and he gagged and vomited on both of them. He clearly has major issues with texture, and part of me wonders if he's just not ready yet. The other part, of course, thinks that it's very likely that he needs to continue to try new textures (he did okay with just one or two small pieces mixed in with a more runny puree) or else he'll never get used to them.

So, that was Mother's Day.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear your grandmother isn't doing well. that is a hard one.

Food and eating are very much sociable things to do- and can also be lots of fun! Try putting some wet sloppy cereal on the tray for Luke to find with his own hands to learn to taste the food that way! Better yet- add some nice yogurt or fruit in and see if that interests him. Frozen peas are great, both for the fine motor skill experience of picking them up, but also the cold is good on his gums when they are sore. He can graduate to cheerios after that- and then bananas! It's fun, but a lot of it is hit and miss in terms of what you try. He'll get there!!
S. in Dallas