Ok, it was by no means perfect...far from it. But he is showing that he can swallow (AWESOME!), it just requires a lot of work and time. Because he has not fed by mouth before, he is very, very uncoordinated with his swallow but it does eventually happen.
They want me to move forward with what I am doing (yay for mommy's instinct!!!) and really put a lot of emphasis on trying all different kinds of textures and tastes many times a day. We still are only going to do small amounts but working up to bigger amounts (like half a baby spoonful), knowing that at times he may aspirate a little. But she said to make progress we have to take this chance. I am going to run this by the pulmonogist just to make certain though...we must protect those fragile lungs!
How exciting is this!?! I am sooo happy, but I'll admit that I am a bit nervous to move ahead because I don't want him to have any respiratory setbacks. But heck, we are making great progress!
And this morning I pulled out a bin of all of his baby bibs...we finally get to try and use some!!! WOO HOO!!! :) I had put them all away because I would get so sad seeing them in his closet...we had no idea if he would ever be able to eat by mouth.
Here are two fun photos!
This is "post study" with the infamous barium ALL over his face! What a sight!!! They kept telling me to give him more and more and he wasn't used to having that much in his mouth so he kept drooling! I was probably more nervous than he was!