Guys. I had a huge breakthrough today. I actually did something the feeding therapist told us to do at home. She had suggested putting food on Evie's tray to help her feel comfortable with finger foods around her, but to actually remember to do that and implement it is another story (along with all the other therapists' suggestions for various parts of her body). This Labor Day weekend, I found myself with time to focus on her eating with the intent of being creative. We started lunch time with a canister of star puffs. I told her I was putting 10 stars on her tray, and because she loves counting, she actually watched me do it. Then we proceeded to eat her pureed mac and cheese while singing the Hokey Pokey. (If you want to know alternative body parts to sing to entertain yourself during the 20th verse, I'm happy to share.) It doesn't sound like much, but Evie didn't cry or throw her star puffs, and was willing to touch them and put them back in the canister.
While sharing our journey with Down Syndrome, we want to help other parents with our experiences, as well as spread awareness about what it means to have Down Syndrome (spoiler: it means great things!).