It's been a tough week this week and not much time for blogging or visiting blogs unfortunately but hopefully next week will run smoother…..family life doesn't follow a plan does it?
Today i am joining Rhonda with her Friday ‘on my mind' feature. Although this photo was taken at the beginning of the week it is on my mind today as it reminds me that there WAS fun, laughter and joy in this week and also because it is a major breakthrough for Ruby as she touched and even ate some spaghetti without gagging and vomiting!
Ruby had severe reflux (as did Tara) for the first year of life and only now are we beginning to wean off medication. Unfortunately Ruby was a huge vomiter and when we progressed to lumpy foods she had a hard time with much gagging and projectile vomiting. Long story short we think she developed an oral food aversion due to this and she is awfully difficult now to get food into. Anything that looks different, smells different or is a different texture than she is used to often induces much gagging and food refusal.
I have been trying to introduce lots of sensory play in the last month and am suprised at the progress she is making. She is beginning to touch new things now although she always still places them to her nose for smelling first (fascinating to watch!) I was just over the moon to see her begin to play with the coloured spaghetti and eventually put it to her mouth and even take some tentative nibbles.
This week we have also done some fingerpainting with cornflour paint and vegetable dye…….
Sprinkler and water play……..
and we also had fun with a sensory bucket filled with dry pasta shapes and items collected on a walk such as leaves, feathers etc….we were having so much fun i forgot to get the camera out though!
As we went walking we also noticed the pretty apple blossoms….
The mandarin tree is also beginning to recover after repeated wallaby attacks!