Monday, June 26, 2006

Tamara and the magic beans

Last night we went to a lovely party and my friend Tamara performed a feeding miracle with Strata's turkey chili.

Little T ate at least 30 kidney beans. He's never eaten that much in an entire day before! Tamara put each kidney bean on a spoon. He took the kidney bean between his finger and forefinger, put it in his mouth, chewed and swallowed it like a normal person. I was so shocked and amazed and happy.

He will sit and eat for fifteen minutes. But normally eating one tiny toddler bite of food literally consists of a one-minute inspection. It's a combination of a fine food taster, a royal food tester for poison, and toddler food masher. He twists and turns his morsel of food inspecting it from every angle. His eyes squint suspiciously. If the food fails some part of his test, he throws it on the floor. Next he delicately touches the food to his lips. Then he inspects it again and puts it whole in his mouth. He spits it out and inspects again. Then he chews it once, carefully extracts it from his mouth, and inspects again. It takes a very long time to eat a piece of food if you can only handle tiny pieces and take out the pieces between each bite. Therefore in fifteen minutes of eating he manages to eat only one to two tablespoons of food.

A couple days ago he ate half a sausage and we were also amazed. I think switching to Prilosec is really helping. Or his GI system is finally healing from the chemo and steroids. Or Tamara really is a miracle worker. But I hope for Little T's sake that he doesn't need Tamara to eat properly, because she lives in Vancouver.

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