So, you’re thinking, “Okay, the heart seems to be fine. How’s the little whippersnapper eating?”
Typically, we feed Charlotte four times a day–breakfast, pre-nap, post-nap, and dinner. In order the meals are 240 ml, 180 ml, 240 ml, 240 ml (8 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 8 oz). Remember, unlike regular 22 month olds, Charlotte’s primary nutrition is still liquid, deee–licious vanilla Pediasure. She eats a wide variety of solid foods, from avocado to zucchini literally, but not nearly enough to sustain her.
We can hope that Charlotte will drink about 50%, maybe as much as 60% of her Pediasure by mouth. The rest goes in by g-tube.
Today, however, was another story. Before her nap, she drank a full 8 ounces!! And this is the meal that is usually a 6 ounce goal. For the day, she totalled 735 mls (out of a goal of 900 ml) by mouth. Yesiree–she took 81.6% of her Pediasure by mouth. And if she vomited, no one told me. (Kudos to Jenna for the 240!)
After her return from the hospital last week, Charlotte was a bit clingy. I had some babysitter relief and had to bribe Charlotte with stickers to get her to let me leave. Today, knowing that I was going to work, she looked at me and said, “Mommy bye-bye. Play Jenna.” Then, when I told her that mommy and daddy were going out for dinner and Eve would be putting her to bed, “Mommy bye-bye. Play Eeeeeeeeee.” (In Charlotte-speak, “play” is pronounced “pay,” an irony not lost on me!) Yep, she pushed me out of the door. Big sigh.