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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!


Ellie just ate 60 cc's of Earth's Best Baby Carrots
BY MOUTH!!!!!!

OK! This is the BEST gift EVER!!! I had to tell you all because you're the only ones who will really understand how significant that is. Thanks especially to Erin and Lauren at school who made eating fun, hip and cool again for Ellie by patiently and persistently getting her beyond a very serious oral aversion of the last 2 years. I am also thankful to the PCA who had to cancel tonight such that Dave and I ate our New Year's Eve meal with Ellie while she was having a foot soak, watching Signing Time and getting her carrots. She's a social eater and wanted to eat with Dada by mouth and take bites when he did at first, then she just started opening her mouth and waiting for me to feed her like she had been eating all along and had never taken a three year hiatus!!!

Brought tears to my eyes to see her eating and swallowing and intermittently using the spoon herself. Not one cough or gag and not much on her clothes. Just beautiful chewing, lip pursing and swallowing! Where did this precise and head controlled princess of eaters come from? Ahhhh the things that make life grand.

Happy New Year Everyone! I really hope that this is the shape of things to come in 2010!!!

20 comments:

MFA Mama said...

WHOOOHOOOOOO!!! Go Ellie go! That is FABULOUS news, so happy for you!

Katy said...

congratulations, Miss Ellie!

Our kids really do provide us with the most wonderful surprises.

Anonymous said...

YAY! GO Ellie!

Jacqui said...

Wow. That's amazing. Well done Ellie!

Happy new year Kathryn. I hope this year brings lots of sweet successes.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you all.

What a new year present for the best mama and dada in the world.

It great news that Ellie has started to eat again.

we are really happy and hope the new year continues to bring good things toall of you.

xxxxx Paddy and mam

Melanie said...

THAT IS WONDERFULLY AWESOME....HOPING FOR MORE CARROTS IN THE NEW YEAR!

Anonymous said...

that's a TERRIFIC way to start 2010! way to go!!

Emma said...

I have no idea how much that is but yay! go Ellie!

Anonymous said...

Hip Hip Hurray!
Thanks for sharing the JOY!
Happy Happy New Year!

Julie

BusyLizzyMom said...

Wow. What an amazing New Years gift. I hope it continues to even bigger foods. Way to go Ellie.

Candace said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH, that is the best present ever!!!!!! Believe me, I can appreciate even one cc! My daughter, Faith, has recently become interested in trying food. She isn't swallowing yet but she is letting us put small things in her mouth! An UNBELIEVEABLE feat, Elli! WHOOOOOO HOOOOO!

Billie said...

Aaaawwweessoooommmeee!!!! Happy New Year to you, Ellie, and Dave! I hope 2010 brings you all many more successes:)

Anonymous said...

just purely awesome. Sending love! Dorrie

Anonymous said...

Just purely awesome!
Sending love,
dorrie

therextras said...

Whoppin' congrats! Yes, this audience knows how wonderful it is to eat! Barbara

Elizabeth said...

I haven't visited in a bit and was so happy to read this post! Yay! Happy New Year to you and may many carrots and other delicious tidbits be in it for Ellie.

Cormac said...

Way to go, Ellie! You are awesome! Not to mention momma and poppa, the best parents around :-)

What a fantastic New Year gift! We're so happy to hear this.

Lots of love,
--Cormac & Laura

Anonymous said...

Best news of the year on the last day. Go Ellie!

xxx Aunty Rie

lifeofthedifferentlyabled said...

YAY FOR EATTING BY MOUTH! I am an adult with cerebral palsy who from what i can tell is less compromised then you but i wanted to say i know the trials you are facing one of my best friends is now on a feed something about the swallow i dont know all the details but invite you to visit my blog about my life with with cerebral palsy at http://lifeofthedifferentlyabled.wordpress.com/
you go superstar! :)

Claire said...

Well done Ellie!

I just read about an VOCA/ACC application for iphone and itouch that I thought could be great for Ellie, especially as the creator would like to give it away free for trials by bloggers. See here for details: http://www.prayingforparker.com/