I have written extensively about Eve's up's and downs with feeding and so I want to share this video with you all. Since Eve received her feeding tube over a year ago she has not been able/willing to drink more than a couple of sips at a time, and she certainly was not able to do it on her own. Every day we offer her drinks, over, and over, and over. So many times I have wanted to give up, thinking it is hopeless.
Well, this week we had a major breakthrough! She actually started to tip her head back and take several gulps on her own! John and I were practically in tears when we saw her actually drinking! For the last few nights she has been able to drink about 1-2 ounces of milk from a sippy cup. Here is a little video I took of her doing it.
I encourage her by cheering her on and raising my arms. She seems to enjoy the encouragement because she will take a few sips, put down the cup and copy my cheers. I emailed this video to Eve's occupational therapist, Ann Mazzeo. I told the OT "you are not going to believe this!" Here was her response:
We certainly couldn't have done it without all of Ann's encouragement. Way to go Eve. Thank you for reminding me that I should never give up or lose hope in what you can accomplish.I do believe this! You made my day!!!! She needed the "skills & tools" to be able to do this on her own! This is because she has two awesome parents, that carryover, challenge, and listen..... and they have a daughter that is determined and wonderful to work with! Thank you for this very happy share.
And here is a photo and a video of my sweet girl at Gymboree today.