jello sensory play

I have a love-hate relationship with sensory bins and play. No matter what, it seems like an epic mess for me to clean up is the end result. That being said, wee try to do at least one messy sensory activity per week to help Sumner work on his occupational therapy goals. Sumner, like me,Continue reading “jello sensory play”

hard truths

Sumner’s physical therapist said something during our last session that really hit home for me. She said, “Even though he’s almost two, he still functions mostly like a one year old.” Yes, I already knew this. But being reminded of it… again… hit me hard. You see, I’ve been dreaming of what comes next forContinue reading “hard truths”

making it to eating completely by mouth…the first time: a feeding aversion journey

If I’m being completely honest — and I usually am — the first few months of having Sumner home were some of the toughest months of my life. I still don’t know how we all managed to survive. Sumner was discharged from the NICU after a 152 days. He was exactly 5 months old, butContinue reading “making it to eating completely by mouth…the first time: a feeding aversion journey”

Sumner hates milk and what we do instead

Before I dive in, let me say that this post is about what has worked for us. Your mileage may vary and you should talk to your healthcare professionals if you’re concerned about your child’s growth. Sumner is a tough nut to crack. He’s very sensitive to change and can tell when things are differentContinue reading “Sumner hates milk and what we do instead”

our adoption story #6: bringing baby home and placement

Today, I’m writing about the placement process. Adoption takes many, many steps. With infant adoption, in general, the process goes: initial application home study training and waiting matching with an expectant mom birth and placement post-placement supervision finalization Our process was a bit different than most because we were matched with a baby who hadContinue reading “our adoption story #6: bringing baby home and placement”

upgrading the nursery to a toddler room

Holy cow! Who replaced my baby with a toddler?! I’m sure that I’m not the first nor the last mom to utter those words. But seriously, Sumner seems to have morphed into a toddler overnight. He’s much more mobile now and is constantly exploring his surroundings. It seems that we need to start changing hisContinue reading “upgrading the nursery to a toddler room”

deciding to get a g-tube: a feeding aversion journey

**This post is coming out the day before we have Sumner’s g-tube surgically removed. It’s been a whirlwind of a year!** One of the last things that a new parent wants to hear is that their child needs a surgery to install a gastrostomy tube (g-tube). But there we were, well over 100 days intoContinue reading “deciding to get a g-tube: a feeding aversion journey”

what’s sumner eating #9: spiced pears with cranberry sauce

The last couple of weeks have been pretty quiet around here for Sumner. We’ve only had our weekly physical therapy session and bi-monthly speech therapy session. Sumner continues to make excellent progress in building up his mobility skills. We’ve started working on crawling up the stairs and creating bigger obstacle courses with the floor pillowsContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #9: spiced pears with cranberry sauce”

yumi vs little spoon: the perspective of a mom of a kid with feeding issues

I’m taking a break this week from the “What’s Sumner Eating” posts to talk about the baby food subscriptions that make up most of his meals. I’ll be back to making more of his food when my fridge isn’t overflowing with tiny tubs! While I would love to be the kind of mom who makesContinue reading “yumi vs little spoon: the perspective of a mom of a kid with feeding issues”

what’s sumner eating #8: mango banana

This was an easy week for us appointment-wise with only a physical therapy appointment. Unfortunately, Sumner decided that it would be a good week to have another tooth come in on the bottom. He was a cranky boy in need of lots of cuddles. At any rate, on to Sumner’s recipe for the week. IContinue reading “what’s sumner eating #8: mango banana”