Today was a better day.
I've had good luck with the new bottles. A friend brought me the level 2 nipples for them. I'm not sure how much difference it made from the level 1, but he definitely latches on to them better than the Dr. Brown's that we've been using.
The annoying thing is that they leak.
But- they fit into the Dr. Brown's bottles.
Now, I'd love to get away from the Dr. Brown's bottles because I'm sick of washing 800 parts, but they do work for keeping him from getting so much air and we have an abundance of them, so I don't have to shell out a bunch of money for new bottles- just nipples.
So it's good.
Now, it could all go to shit tomorrow. He's nothing if not unpredictable. But for today- it was better.
The new nipples are really hard and they seem to wear him out quite a bit. Every feeidng that I've given him with them, he's fallen asleep. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but at least he's eating.
We didn't end up having OT today. The weather in St. Louis was pretty shitty and our therapist opted to head home instead. It works out to my benefit because she's going to come tomorrow and bring the main therapist (she did Robbie's eval- I REALLY like her.) so we'll have a team of experts here.
They seem to think the refusing to eat is a reflux issue. I'm not sure I agree.
It's not that I don't think he's still plagued with reflux- I do. he's still uncomfortable after each meal. You have to pat him for a good 45 minutes to settle him down. But I don't think that's keeping him from eating. He seems to want to eat, just somehow can't get his head together to latch onto the nipple if he thinks about it too much.
He has performance anxiety, perhaps?
We tried the cereal again tonight. I think he ate less than he did last night. There was one spoonful I'm pretty sure he got down, but the rest came shooting back at me. He got fussy and I ended it. My goal is to upset him as little as possible. I don't want to aggravate the aversion to food any more than absolutely necessary.
Anyway, your prayers are working. Keep them up.