Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Amazing News!!

This is the face of a girl who is going to bed without a tube feed!!!!  

This was actually taken yesterday, and tonight is her second night in a row of not having an overnight feed.  Woo hoo!!!

Abby has to take 20 ounces of Pediasure a day--either by mouth or by g-tube.  We work hard to get her to drink as much as possible by mouth throughout the day, and then we pour the rest into her feeding bag to get by g-tube.  

Well, yesterday she drank all 20 ounces by mouth!  In fact, today she drank 24 ounces--even over her goal!  

I've been feeling for a while that Abby's stomach was too small to hold large amounts of food/liquid at one time.  On Sunday, I started doing 2 additional small meals throughout the day to try to give her body time to digest it and hopefully get more milk in her.  It has worked!!!  What's more is that I brought out this cup again (she never could sip through the straw) and all of the sudden, she went nuts sipping out of it!!!

I'm not sure what has gotten into her, but I love it!!!  I'm so excited, and so thankful to God for this HUGE next step.  I never thought we would be here this fast.  Just two months ago, she was only drinking a few ounces a day!  I'm hoping that if this keeps up, our focus at feeding therapy can be more on chewing and getting her to eat independently.  

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