Sister Snuggle Time
Elizabeth helps Ruby with her "Tummy Time"
Row, Row, Row your boat
She's an Eating Machine!
Ruby loves the backyard swing
And like He did so long ago in Jericho
God just made the wall fall down
That is the perfect summation of how we feel: The wall fell down this week. Elizabeth is eating. Really eating. Eating purees, tolerating textures that have given her trouble in the past, allowing me to feed her a variety of foods and is mostly okay with it! Talk about miracles...It feels like this is the one we've been praying for.
I had a dream last Tuesday. In it, Elizabeth took a bite from a sandwich and ate it. I was amazed and kept waiting for her to throw up or gag at least. Instead, she opened her mouth and showed me how she could move her tongue to push the food from side to side, chew and swallow....amazing. I woke up feeling so good. I didn't realize it was a shadow of things to come. Tuesday afternoon, our Occupational Therapist, Mary, pushed Elizabeth a bit during lunch, and got her to explore some textures, which she handled better than she had last week. This gave me encouragement to try a few new things with her later in the week. Then Thursday at a particularly stressful ENT appointment, Elizabeth's G-Tube came out...completely out of her belly. It's a long story, but I actually had the fleeting thought, (before I replaced it with a new one) "well, maybe she just needs to learn how to eat!" It's about time.
In the last two days, she's eaten 4 out of 6 meals ENTIRELY by mouth...pureed bananas, carrots, applesauce, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, yogurt, avocado...I keep waiting to wake up! Thank you to those of you who have been praying faithfully that she would learn to eat. We'll be on to chewing before long!
As a result of the good news from Elizabeth's endoscopy, we'll be heading out to California in July. We'll spend some much needed time with family, get a little rest, visit our beloved church, ALCF, and hopefully see many of you! We're still in the planning stages, but hope to have a day &/or evening when we can be in one spot so folks can drop by for a visit. If you're in town, we'll keep you posted!
In other news, Ruby's growing like a weed. She'll be 6 months old on Sunday! She weighs close to 19lbs, has two teeth and is LOVING solid foods. The girls are interacting more & more. Elizabeth is a great big sister and a super helper around the house.
While Matt's parents were here two weekends ago, we were teaching Ruby one of our favorite songs, "Running over". As a result, Elizabeth has been singing it at the top of her lungs for days now. It's such a good reminder.
Our cups are full and running over indeed.