Please pass the peas

Sophia had a fabulous eating day on her 16 month birthday! She had one bite where she leaned in to get the peas, opened her mouth, closed her lips over the spoon, got the peas off, used her tongue on the roof of her mouth to move them to the back of her throat, and swallowed–all in one sequence! It was so amazing, I got all weepy eyed. We’ve been working on this for 10 months now, and she did it like it was second nature! Granted it was once, and it hasn’t been repeated, but we now know she can do it! She didn’t even gag. She’s made a lot of progress using her tongue and swallowing more quickly. I try to cheer for her when she swallows, but I’m sure she has no idea what I’m getting excited about. She ate so many peas that morning that she spit up green stuff later. Thankfully, it was after she was out of the high chair; we don’t want her to develop an eating aversion from spitting up. They always told us that solids would stay down better, so her reflux should improve, but I’m not so sure about that. I was very glad to see the improvement in her eating, as she’s been spitting her food out a lot lately. I think she likes to see my glasses spotted with sweet potatoes. One morning, I was on the way into the doctor’s office and looked down to see carrots on my shirt: oops! Sophia loves to use the spoon herself, but she puts it in her hair first, and then into her mouth. Needless to say, we try to give her empty spoons for now. We have enough trouble keeping her hair clean. She also loves to hold the little pink toothette herself and bite down to squeeze all the water out into her mouth. She can also dip it back into the cup for more. I’ve learned never to leave the cup on the highchair tray when I bend down to get the toothette she’s thrown. She loves to spill water!

Sophia did much better at her audiology appointment this week (looking toward the sounds), but still did not respond at the lower tones. The audiologist, of course, cannot tell if that is because she cannot hear it or whether she just isn’t interested. Our ENT does want to put her under to check her hearing by monitoring her brain waves. He also wants to check her ears at the same time, so we’ll be going back to the OR sometime in September. The Child, Family, Life social worker stopped by to see if Sophia needed anything to help her relax for the procedure (unlikely). She also went into great detail about what to expect (she seemed not to have heard us say “We’ve done this three times before!”). Since the procedure is so far out, I plan to see whether we could have one last hearing check beforehand, just to see whether she can pass on her own.

I had the girls dressed in pretty dresses for the appointment, and everyone commented on how pretty Sophia looked (I guess they focused on her because she was the patient ;0). The nurse asked whether we had a party to go to that day, and John laughed because I had to admit that going to the clinic was our party (sad, I know). It’s just so fun to get them dressed up; people give us such pretty dresses. We met a woman in the waiting room who has a 9 year old son w/ Down Syndrome. She was really drawn to Sophia because she has 3 boys. She said her son did the same tripod crawling that Sophia’s been doing. He walked at 2 and is reading now. She said his brothers love it when he puts his foot up to his neck (he has that same hip flexibility Sophia has). It was pretty funny because she just started telling us about her son (who was off in the play room) with that knowing look without ever saying that he also has Down Syndrome. I guess we are in a little club of sorts.

Zoe’s head lag is pretty much gone now. We can pull her up by her arms, and she keeps her head in line with her body. She rolls to her side, but doesn’t seem too interested in rolling all the way to her stomach. She squeals and laughs (most often for her Papa). She even smiled when her sister climbed over her to steal her toy. Her special education evaluation is scheduled for next week; so we should find out more then.

The girls were pretty funny playing together this week. Sophia offered Baby Stella’s magnetic pacifier to Zoe and then quickly stuck it in her own mouth when Zoe reached for it. I’m sure they’ll have lots of opportunities to practice sharing!


  1. Cousin Kelly says:

    Good Job on the peas, Sophia!!!! Landon, too, has a knack for the food in the hair at EVERY meal! It looks a little scary when it’s ketchup!!! Love from all of us!