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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Turning a Corner
Yes, I think Alysa has actually started to turn a corner on her eating. The week before Easter we missed her feeding therapy because the girls had colds and I just couldn't deal. Then we missed while we were in Ohio - she barely ate in Ohio. We didn't get back on schedule until last week at Feeding Therapy. At this point her therapist noted that she thought Alysa looked better - her complexion, her eyes were brighter. I hadn't noticed because I'm with her every day. But that day, she ate wonderfully for her - didn't put up much of a fight and ate a really good quantity. That my friends is the day it started looking up. Every since then, she's been eating really good - for her, but really good nonetheless. Now, eating good for her means I still have to coerce and bribe her, but all of that is actually working. Usually, no amount of bribery, coercion or toys will work. But now, sometimes all it takes is me giving her the option of me feeding her a bit or her feeding herself a bit. Sometimes, a toy during meals works - she has toys that she only gets during meals and she can only play with it if she continues to eat. But this is all working now! It's amazing. She started on all her new supplements and vitamins and being off soy on March 12th. So it took a good 4 weeks to get her feeling better, but now that she is - the change is miraculous! She's eating whole waffles for breakfast and WHOLE sandwiches for lunch - let me point out that eating 1/3 of a sandwich was a lot for her 2 weeks ago. It's still no picnic to feed her, but I feel the weight easing ever so slightly. I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that she may just pull through this!

And it's just in time as we have the follow-up next week with the nutritionist. Her therapist thinks her next step, will be to add a supplement to work to heal her stomach and get her off Prevacid. In the meantime, maybe her feeding therapy will actually start to work more now that she's more receptive and she will start eating more varied foods. Did I mention she took 5 whole bites of chicken last night? Amazing!

posted at 8:14 PM  

At 7:17 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

I'm so glad she's eating better!!
I remember last summer when Jason finally ate a piece of chicken. I was so happy!! Then this winter we moved on to steak and I jumped for joy. The difference for Jason is that he'll ate a ton of chips and cookies and crackers and yogurt so he's never been off the high end of the weight curve. I hope she keeps it up!!


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