So I might have mentioned here that one of my precious ones has some very real sensory issues
and when it comes food and eating
my sweet Caleb has a really hard time
It was a struggle from the very beginning when he was throwing up blood, po*ping blood and hurting
every – time – he – ate
He was tongue tied
extremely tongue tied and was so hard to nurse
but I did for as long as I could
cause as hard as it was to nurse him...
baby food was a whole other challenge
and we won't even talk about “real” food.
My sweet child has just had such a battle between wanting so badly to eat “like everyone else”
and . well . eating.
The smell, the texture and the taste are all very concerning and even favorites have to be just right.
When there are victories, even small ones
and we had a victory the other night
a victory born out of a setback when my sweet child refused to eat something that he had been eating and Caleb just can't afford to strike anything off of his list of approved foods
so, it became a “thing” and that was probably our fault but this was one of the very few meals that we would all eat
It was not easy and Caleb ended up being sent to bed without any supper and I ended up feeling really yucky.
big brother Charlie
you know Charlie, the peacemaker
Charlie the disturber of the peace!
Came along to save the day
Charlie worked his magic and brought a very excited Caleb down to try something new...
Yep – CELERY!!!
and not only did he try celery but he tried celery with peanut butter and celery with just salt and not only did he try it but he actually chewed it up
I have to say it again
Caleb was so proud of himself
We were so proud of Caleb
and the best part...
Charlie was SO proud of Caleb and so happy with being able to help his little brother
I tell, ya, as much as a struggle this eating thing is, watching the relationship between my two boys grow and strengthen and watching the love and trust they have with each other was right up there with the fact that
CALEB ATE CELERY!!!!!
Now, just so you know, my sweet child is not alone in this and learning about sensory issues and how it can affect/afflict a person has brought me to the conclusion that it must be hereditary cause I am a picky eater and not just picky
I cannot eat entire food groups y'all!
Yeah, try living in the South, right on the coast and not eating meat or seafood!
I do cook meat for my family because they like it but touching raw meat is not something that this sensory person particularly enjoys doing.
However, when it comes to seafood...
I – just – cannot – do – it!
It smells and it is slimy
Yep, I'm done!
So, when my poor hubby, who loves seafood gets the chance to eat seafood...
He does not turn it down!
So, when we were offered some fresh fish by our wonderful neighbors, I just could not turn it down cause I knew hubby would love it
And love it he did!
I, on the other hand had to just take deep breaths and look away for most of the prep and ALL of the clean up!
Cause, my sensory stuffs isn't just confined to the taste of food
I just had to close my eyes and trust that hubby would take pity and clean up too!
And he did!
And my senses thanked him!!
Oh my dear, sweet Caleb, I hope that it helps to see that your Momma struggles sometimes too.
I hope it helps to know that I understand, that I have BTDT!
I hope it helps to know that we love you just as you are and that you will be ok and that you will eventually eat more and that the Lord will love you whether you eat broccoli or not!
It has not been easy, I know
I really know but..
I also know that eating or not...
you are the most loving, caring, thoughtful child
and we love you
just – the – way – you – are